Middle Level-Jr. High School
Join a panel of NCSS leaders as they model lessons that involve inquiry & critical thinking skills. Participants will share exemplary social studies instructional strategies for geography, history and economics.
Paul Nagel, North American University, Houston, TX; Bruce Damasio, Towson University, Towson, MD
This session presents the procedures, resources, and content needed for planning and implementing a mock Congress in the middle grades classroom by applying the Inquiry Arc of C3.
Kimberlee Sharp, Morehead State University, Morehead, KY
Engage students in active historical inquiry through investigations in their own backyards. Participate in hands-on lesson plans and strategies using local history as a vehicle for historical inquiry.
Sarah Widincamp, University of North Georgia, Dahlonega, GA
Utilizing the student-driven programs Project Citizen and Model United Nations, middle school scholars inspire, impact, and transform the world representing them by applying their social studies knowledge, skills, and concepts.
Steven Bilski, Memphis Street Academy Charter School, Philadelphia, PA; Amy Scarpello, Memphis Street Academy Charter School, Philadelphia, PA
A school-wide Social Justice Fair is a unique opportunity to create meaningful, relevant engagement with this critical issue. Learn how to put one on at YOUR school!
Matthew Arnold, The Franciscan School, Raleigh, NC
Promote civic competence within students by remapping curriculum to match the ten themes of social studies to ensure they are making informed and reasoned decisions in a democratic society.
Abby Lavery, School District of Lancaster, Lancaster, PA; Jonathan Shultz, School District of Lancaster, Lancaster, PA; Kyle Byler, School District of Lancaster, Lancaster, PA
Strategies for teaching informational text standards from the Common Core using Social Studies content will be presented. Strategies will include pre-reading activities, during-reading activities and the use of primary sources.
Kristi Stricker, Concordia University, River Forest, IL; Bethany Hill-Anderson, McKendree University, Lebanon, IL
Time travel to explore past landscapes with ArcGIS Online! Using historic maps and photographs, attendees will recreate their historic downtown by constructing a place-based, geohistorical inquiry project using local data.
Margaret S. Chernosky, Maine Geographic Alliance, Farmington, ME; Susan Lahti Lahti, Maine Geographic Alliance, Farmington, ME
Discover the wonders of Edmodo for your classroom. This fantastic (free) social media website will allow you to work both in and out of the classroom with your students!
Rob Waller, King Low Heywood Thomas, Stamford, CT, @MrWallerKLHT; Phil Cicciari, Friends Academy, Locust Valley, NY, @MrCFA
Bravery. Loyalty. Sacrifice. Women possessed all of these qualities. Explore the excitement and peril of women on both sides of the conflict who proved their mettle in America's Revolution.
Dale Van Eck, Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, Williamsburg, VA