Social Studies Weekly

Year 3 Volume 29 ~ May 6, 2016

To All the Teachers!

Thank You.

Thank you for taking the time to work with that one student.

Thank you for spending late nights at home planning that lesson.

Thank you for spending your Friday night supporting students at the games they play or performances they give.

Thank you for staying late to enter grades and coming early to attend faculty meetings.

Thank you for spending your money to ensure your students have the materials they need or food to eat.

Thank you for not giving up when it seems like nothing will change or get better.

And, thank you for being professional when some do not treat you as though you are.

Thank You.

Social Studies Haiku Playground with Courtney and Melissa

Do you want to know more about how to use your Haiku site or the Social Studies Haiku site more effectively next year? Do you want some time to work on your Haiku site with support from technology or the Social Studies Department? Then come to the Social Studies Haiku Playground on June 15th. There are two different times available: 8:30-12:00 and 12:30-4:00.

Courtney and Melissa have attended approximately 15 hours of training on different applications of Haiku and Chromebooks in the classroom and would like to help you incorporate these ideas into your lessons. We have ideas to make assessment and grading easier, as well as methods to increase student engagement. Come and check it out. Space is limited so register early! Just go to My Learning Plan, log-in, and search the calendar for June 15th and "Social Studies Haiku Playground".

This Week in Social Studies

World History

We are working on the Cold War and Decolonization. Keep in mind, students will be exposed to the Cold War four times between grades 7 and 12. But, they are only exposed to Decolonization twice. Please keep this in mind when you are scaling back due to a time crunch. Here is a good reading on Decolonization that could be broken up into different pieces for stations. Be sure to incorporate questions and/or graphic organizers when using it.

Civics and Economics

This week we are looking at Globalization and Trade. Remember, there are lessons for this entire unit. The lessons can be completed in 4 days. This leaves some time to incorporate other activities. Don't forget about Everfi. It is a great option for the PFL unit. If you need assistance registering for Everfi, please contact Brooke Yoder.

American 1

How did Abraham Lincoln expand his power as President? This is one of the topics we will examine in Unit 6. Here is a graphic organizer for objective 5.2, which is the objective this question addresses.

American 2

So far in Unit 7, we examined the escalation of the the Cold War and the struggle for equality with the Civil Rights Movement. This week we will finish looking at the Civil Rights Movement and examine corruption in the federal government. You can use this graphic organizer to examine the conflict over the actions of the government.

Review Tip of the Week


This is a great method for students to evaluate the importance of people, events, innovations, documents, etc. Simply pick 8 different things to put in the brackets and have students narrow the field. Check out this video to see how it works. And, here is a link to the template. Have fun!

Benchmark Information

With the benchmark window open next week, it might be helpful to compare the county averages from the Fall 12 week benchmark to the Spring 12 week benchmark. See the chart below:
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Message from Melissa

I hope you had a great week! I appreciate all that you do. Teaching is hard work and sometimes very stressful. Who am I kidding? It is very stressful a lot of the time. So, thank you for sticking with it even though times can be tough.

For all the moms out there, have a great Mother's Day! The hard work of teachers pales in comparison to the hard work of moms! (Dads too, although mine got off a little easy.) Take care and see you next week.