Middle Level-Jr. High School
Dig deeply into family history with K-8 students. The research process along with oral history and photo/document analysis allows students to engage in historical thinking and authentic literacy experiences.
Katie Knapp, Kent State University, Kent, OH
Refugee conflicts present political, geographical, and social complexities. Learn how to teach and engage students in meaningful, dynamic ways by using Meograph, a 4-dimensional map-based digital timeline and story-telling tool.
Stephanie Wujcik, The Baldwin School, Bryn Mawr, PA
Learn and sample how global competencies are integrated in a geography curriculum.
Laura Ross, Rockwood South Middle School, Fenton, MO
Virtual tours of Mesoamerican Middle Eastern pyramids? Architectural similarities of Imperial Palace and Versailles? Investigate using religious and political buildings as cultural and historical artifacts in middle school world history.
Scott Peavey, Tonganoxie High School, Tonganoxie, KS; Tom Resovich, Leavenworth School District, Leavenworth, KS; Molly Fuller, Lawrence-Liberty Memorial Central Middle School, Lawrence, KS; Charley Forsyth, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS
Teachers will use primary sources from Anthony’s trial for illegally voting in the 1872 Presidential election to make Common Core connections and teach students to work for social justice.
Kenneth Anthony, Mississippi State University, Starkville, MS
New resources from National Geographic Education—including easy-to-use tools for creating map tours and current event connections—bring the interconnected world and its geographic systems to your fingertips.
Sean O'Connor, Caryl Sue Micalizio, National Geographic Society, Washington,
We examine how the popular game, Minecraft, can be used to teach core components of Geography to middle school students. Students develop civilizations, economies and survival tactics within the game.
Jonathan List, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC; Brent Bryant, Northern Potter County Schools, Ulysses, PA
Using principles of current events instruction, social studies teachers can help students process upsetting events like Newtown and 9/11. Fear can be reduced as learning and civic action is increased.
Jeff Passe, College of NJ, Pasadena, MD; Laura Pinto, Ann Arundel County Schools, Annapolis, MD
North America witnessed major events 250 years ago: Britain took over New France, Pontiac rebelled, a line was drawn. Introduce these events through lessons, maps, primary and secondary resources.
Ruth Writer, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI; Stephen Marcotte, Beaconsfield (QC) High School, Pincourt, PQ, Canada; Dean June Geneseo, SUNY Attica, NY
The session takes participants on a virtual field study designed for university preservice teachers, demonstrating how to create both local and global field studies for their students.
Charles White, Boston University, Boston, Massachusetts