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A Pocketful of History

--Sherry L. Field and Linda D. Labbo
Read a biography. Then examine "pocket contents." In Lincoln's vest pocket? A draft for a speech, theater tickets, and a photograph of his family, among other items. "Artifacts" are suggested for the pockets of Benito Juarez (president of Mexico), Grandma Moses (artist), Mary McLeod Bethune (black educator), and others.

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First Comes Love, Then Comes Marriage (Equality): Welcoming Diverse Families in the Elementary Classroom

The use of trade books to foster discussion of historical events and major Supreme Court decisions in the elementary classroom can serve as a powerful method through which elementary students can begin to see themselves as active contributors to the communities and worlds in which they live. In this article and the accompanying lesson plan, the authors share ways to teach about Supreme Court decisions —specifically the decisions that have affected marriage equality—with the C3 Framework.

50 Ideas in 50 Minutes: Great Ideas from NCSS Award Winners

Join award winning teachers and grant recipients as they share “Top Tips for Success” in the classroom and beyond. Winners will also share their experience applying for NCSS Awards. NCSS offers three grant opportunities ranging from $2,000–$2,500. Come hear from NCSS Grant Recipients as they share grant writing tips for success to support and enhance your classroom or boost projects that showcase your students’ work.

Moderator and Facilitator: Kristy Brugar, Associate Professor, Social Studies Education University of Oklahoma in Norman, OK

On hand to answer your questions: Recipients of the following Awards and Grants

  • NCSS Outstanding Social Studies Teacher of the Year Award
  • Grant for the Enhancement of Geographic Literacy
  • Award for Global Understanding
  • McAuliffe Reach for the Stars Award

The Other Side of the Story Designing Multiple Perspectives Inquiries

Develop empathy and critical thinking in elementary students with a guided inquiry of multiple perspectives. Receive a design model utilizing the C3 Framework, lesson plans, and resources.


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