Middle Level-Jr. High School
This presentation uses Walmart as a window to teach secondary level students global interdependence with cross-curricula learning stations and field-based projects. Audience participation is assured and hands-on activities are involved.
Han Liu, Department of Teacher Education, Shppensburg, PA
Built on the premise that the shortest distance between two people is a story, this presentation shows how to use the tools of a fiction writer to teach history.
Krista Russell, Peachtree Publishers, Atlanta, GA
Bruce Springsteen's songs "Sinaloa Cowboys" and "The Line" can provide opportunities to discuss the pull and push factors related to immigration. Presenters will share middle-school students' responses to these songs.
Margarita Jimenez-Silva, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ; Pablo Ramirez, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ
Cause/effect,compare/contrast,and problem-solving skills are emphasized in core ELA standards and are applicable in geography instruction. Explore active learning strategies and practices used to teach them in geography classrooms.
Peggy Altoff, Colorado Springs, CO
We bemoan our the state of our civic discourse. Structured Academic Controversies teach the skills of perspective taking and respectful disagreement. We need to practice/model these in social studies!
John Zola, Boulder Valley School District, Boulder, CO
Fusing Financial Literacy and writing could be as challenging as balancing a checkbook. This ready-to-go literacy plan provides innovative strategies/resources that will allow students to become stronger readers and writers.
Jason Peinert, Baltimore City Public Schools, Baltimore, MD; Sarah Martin, Baltimore City Public Schools, Baltimore, MD; Amy Rosenkrans, Baltimore City Public Schools, Baltimore, MD
Looking for excellent ideas for American history, world history, and other social studies classes? Join us for an exchange of innovative instructional strategies, creative activities, engaging projects, and more!
Michael Matera, University School of Milwaukee, Milwaukee, WI; Chuck Taft, University School of Milwaukee, Milwaukee, WI
The new Common Core Standards require that social studies classrooms take on a more dynamic role in literary instruction. This can be achieved through inquiry-based instruction in the middle grades.
David Kendrick, Madison County Middle School, Comer, GA; Steven Bilski, Madison County Middle School, Comer, GA; Molly Kendrick, Madison County Middle School, Comer, GA
Poster and video presentation of an integrated American History activity involving critical reading, research skills, writing, music and drama. The activity culminates with an original student written musical.
Lynn Granello, St. John's Episcopal School, Dallas, TX; LeAnne Wyatt, St. John's Episcopal School, Dallas, TX
Join museum educators from the National Portrait Gallery and the Smithsonian American Art Museum as they model activities and strategies for using art to teach Civil War history.
Suzannah Niepold, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC; Sally Otis, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC; Briana Zavadil White, National Portrait Gallery, Washington, DC