Middle Level-Jr. High School
Students were asked to develop social constructs on a simulated stranded island. The students compared and contrasted historical events, and establish a personal connection to the past.
Juan Walker, Valdosta State University, Valdosta, GA
Participate in activities pairing artwork from the Smithsonian American Art Museum and documents from the National Archives for exciting strategies for teaching about the U.S. Constitution.
Elizabeth K. Eder, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC; LeeAnn Potter, National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, DC; Michael Hussey, National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, DC
Have you ever had trouble finding a question that promotes historical thinking? This session explores four different formats of questions, varying in complexity, that drive engaging historical thinking lessons.
Jeffery Nokes, Brigham Young University, Provo, UT
A "Teaching with Primary Sources" project, presenters worked with ten teachers (grades 3-8) to create inquiry kits with an eye toward local historical settings. Experiences, methodologies, and products are shared.
Charles Elfer, Dalton State College, Dalton, GA; Josh Pfiester, Dalton State College, Dalton, GA
Are you ready to get students communicating with peers across the globe? A panel of experienced teachers and a handy packet will help you select a project and get started.
Laura Adriance, World Affairs Council, Seattle, WA
This session addresses our ideologically divided media and the uncivil behavior it often inspires. Participants will learn 21st century literacy skills that help deflect uncivil discourse in adoloscents.
Kimberlee Sharp, Morehead State University, Morehead, KY
"Since Time Immemorial" is a new web-based, classroom ready curriculum designed to infuse accurate/current/reliable information about Native Americans both in Washington State and across the U.S. into classrooms.
Shana Brown, Seattle Public Schools, Seattle, WA; Jerry Price, Yelm Community Schools, Yelm, WA; Mark Bowden, Yelm Community Schools, Yelm, WA; Sandra Gordon, Yelm Community Schools, Yelm, WA; Nemah Choubaquak, Nisqually Indian Tribe, Olympia, WA
English learners have double the work to master content. This session emphasizes strategies to develop academic content vocabulary, increase comprehension, and differentiate instruction to meet the needs of diverse learners.
Jennifer Boyle, Benchmark Education, Pelham, NY
Use maps to investigate the relationship between physical geographical features and country borders in Europe, and how it can lead to cooperation, or conflict. All materials available free at NatGeoEd.org.
Michal LeVasseur, National Geographic Society, Washington, DC; Kim Hulse, National Geographic Society, Washington, DC
Water, a multi-dimensional theme that offers inspiring opportunies for integrated social studies lessons. In the Netherlands, such a curriculum is developed and is now adopted by school.
Jeroen Bron, Dutch national institute for curriculum development, SLO, Enschede, ; Eddy Van Vliet, Dutch national institute for curriculum development, SLO, Enschede,