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Four Recommendations to Support Struggling and Reluctant Readers in Social Studies

May 16, 2019 By Tina Heafner

Teachers should offer a wide variety of literacy support in their social studies curricula, otherwise students can fall behind. 

Engaging Social Studies Students with Vocabulary Words

May 9, 2019 By Tina Heafner

Vocabulary instruction in social studies is important because it builds background knowledge that is essential when students are assigned to read complex non-fiction texts.  When students have a strong vocabulary, it makes them better readers. 

The Importance of Geography — Applications Beyond K-12 Classrooms

April 25, 2019 By Ken Klieman
“The study of geography is about more than just memorizing places on a map.  It’s about understanding the complexity of our world, appreciating the diversity of cultures that exist across continents.  And in the end, it’s about using all that knowledge to help bridge divides and bring people together.” – Barack Obama

5 Ways to Effectively Utilize Mental Maps in the Classroom

April 19, 2019 By Cynthia Resor

Mental maps are representations of what a person “knows” about a place. This knowledge comes from first-hand experience and impressions of places from family, friends, school, the wider culture, and various forms of media. Mental maps blend objective information, subjective impressions and opinions. In the classroom, mental mapping helps students understand how individuals visualize the world in both similar and different ways.

The Hook: 4 Ways to Dynamically Engage Your Students from Day One

April 10, 2019 By Dennis Fowler

How do you start your class every day?

Long-lasting Benefits of Teaching Geography and Social Studies Together

March 28, 2019 By Ken Klieman
“History, despite its wrenching pain cannot be unlived, but if faced with courage need not be lived again.”  - Maya Angelou

Make Your Social Studies Lessons Place-Based with Primary Sources

March 13, 2019 By Cynthia Resor

Are you searching for ways to make your social studies lessons relate to the lives of your students? Make memorable connections between national trends in history, economics, culture, politics, and geography with these place-based primary sources.

An Introduction to Formative and Summative Assessments: Using Learning Targets and Mastery vs. Compliance

March 7, 2019 By Anthony DiSario

“These kids! They never do well on my social studies tests!”

3 Activities to Celebrate International Women's Day with Your Classroom

February 27, 2019 By Jessica Hayes

International Women’s Day is March 8, 2019, and presents an opportunity to celebrate women from throughout history. Humanities curricula and history books are often dominated by United States presidents, world explorers, and cultural elites, who are mostly male. This year, teach your students about the women activists, suffragettes, and trailblazers who paved the way for equality across the world. Here are some activities to use in the classroom.

5 Active Classroom Activities to Help Your Students Build Critical Thinking Skills

February 14, 2019 By Jessica Hayes

Thinking is hard. At least, that is what our students tend to believe. They sigh when we ask them to complete a research assignment, or to write an analytical essay. Even the most basic questions asked of them, can be responded with a grunt.