Social Studies Insider

September 2018

We're off and Running!

What a great start we've had across all CCSS schools! Please continue to utilize the resources provided and shared across our district via the Google Classroom. The level of collaboration is exciting and will directly impact our districts' students immensely. As you continue to reach towards achieving your newly set goals and plans, please utilize your Content Specialist as a resource. A major goal this year is to spend time with you during your planning hour or even within your instructional periods. If interested in a meeting or class visit, please complete the form by clicking the button below. Keep up the great work!

CCSS Curriculum Website: Every Teacher's One Stop Shop

As we move through the year, don't forget to lean heavily on key resources provided by the Georgia Department of Education. In order to streamline this process for teachers, all resources can be located via the CCSS Curriculum Website. Additional teaching resources will be gathered over the year and compiled into the learning resources folders. If you have resources you would like to share, please email them to phillip.sykes@cowetaschools.net or share them on the Google Classroom.

Building a Social Studies Coalition with Google Classroom

If you haven't already joined, wait no longer! You do not want to continue missing out on the great things teachers are sharing and discussing on Google Classroom. Utilize this platform to collaborate, distribute, and collect new teaching resources to add to your teaching toolbox.
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WANTED: Social Studies Digital Resource Tools

Attention all social studies teachers: If you know of a great digital resource that helps elevate your social studies lessons and should be added to the Digital Resource Tools List, please share that with phillip.sykes@cowetaschools.net or via your district social studies Google Classroom. Content Specialists are constantly looking for helpful "go-to" tools that will help increase 21st-century skills, created genuine engagement, and immerse students in opportunities that require critical thinking. To access the current list, please click the button below.

Looking to Develop your Students' Researching Skills?

The incorporation of literacy is critical within all educational content areas. Students who engage in reading, writing, and research regularly, engage in developing stronger analytical, processing, and communication skills that will better prepare them for the demands of continued educational opportunities and/or workplace requirements.


Consider these three shifts in literacy for social studies, science, and technical subjects:


  • Building knowledge through reading content-rich nonfiction
  • Reading, writing, and speaking grounded in evidence from text
  • Regular practice with complex text and its academic vocabulary


Utilize a wide range of tools that will help teachers incorporate the literacy standards by visiting the GA DOE resource page (Click Here)


For specific resources linked to SECOND and EIGHTH grade, give the Digital Library of Georgia a look. The Digital Library of Georgia provides second and eighth grade teachers access to a wide range of non-fiction and primary document resources that are directly tied to the Georgia Standards of Excellence. Other K-12 resources are available. (Click Here)


The Library of Congress offers teachers access with classroom materials and professional development opportunities to help incorporate the effective use of primary sources. The Library of Congress offers lesson plans that are aligned to meet Common Core Standards, state content standards, and the standards of national organizations. (Click Here)

Constitution Day is Quickly Approaching

Whether you teach K-5, middle, or high school students, the constitution and the process our founding fathers went through to develop it can make for great discussion. Constitution Day is September 17th; click the button below to access a wide range of Constitution Day resources to help provide valuable lessons focusing around one of our nation's (and really the world's) most treasured primary documents!
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Constitution Day Activity Resources

Scroll down to the section dedicated to Consitution Day.

Teaching September 11th

Teaching September 11th can be a difficult task for many teachers. The content is violent and extremely difficult for children to fully understand without getting bogged down by the gruesome details of that terrible September day. Nick News, hosted by Linda Ellerbee, is an objective educational news program that has safely navigated the waters during critical events in our recent history. Ellerbee provides a focused and "to the point" explanation of what happened during various critical events that remain age appropriate. If you will be including a discussion on September 11th within your social studies lessons this month, consider using this video as a guide. Click the image below to access Nick News: What Happened: The Story of September 11th, 2001.

Bridging Social Studies and English Language Arts

Attention all K-12 social studies teachers: Click the button below for a list of titles you can use to incorporate reading into your lessons. The list was compiled by Georgia Council for the Social Studies and encourages picture books at all K-12 levels, not just elementary. In addition to typical non-fiction pieces and historical fiction novels, picture books can make for an excellent class/unit opener or closer, and are a quick way to provide a common background among diverse learners. These titles have been organized by grade and content to make sorting through the list easier. Please take a look at the list and see if any of these titles may help enhance your instruction. Happy Reading!

Attention Elementary School Social Studies Teachers:

Learning Adventures for Covering Government Topics

Looking for a fun way to engage students within the GSE Government Standards? Check out Ben's Guide to the U.S. Government. (Click Here) Make sure you click on the appropriate age group.


Bring History to Life: Invite Abraham Lincoln to your School

Interested in having Abe Lincoln visit your classroom? Check out this site for more information on having the 16th President of the United States walk the halls of your school. Please contact Phil Sykes if you would like to discuss a potential visit. (Click Here)


Connecting Social Studies and ELA Shifts in the Elementary Classroom

Thanks to the National Council for the Social Studies, access to the following page will provide teachers a plethora of resources (webinar, articles, etc.) that will help teachers bring social studies standards into the ELA elementary classroom through various literacy techniques. (Click Here)


Integrating Social Studies into your ELA/Reading Lessons Made Easy

Located within the GA DOE Teacher Notes, teachers can find a list of standards connected books that can easily be integrated into your ELA/Reading lessons.

For Kindergarten access, Click Here.

For 1st Grade access, Click Here.

For 2nd Grade access, Click Here.

For 3rd Grade access, Click Here.

For 4th Grade access, Click Here.

For 5th Grade access, Click Here.

Georgia Public Broadcasting

Don't forget to continue using this great resource to help locate lessons, activities, video segments, and more.

Attention Middle School Social Studies Teachers:

Google Classroom Reminder:

Please continue to share resources via Google Classroom. The conversations taking place and resources being shared within the Middle School Google Classroom are authentic and engaging. This collaboration is the key to success and will impact your students greatly! Keep up the great work teachers!


Learning Activities for Covering Government Topics:

Looking for a fun way to engage students within the GSE Government Standards? Check out Ben's Guide to the U.S. Government. (Click Here) Make sure you click on the appropriate age group.


Consider this Student Opportunity:

The Georgia Department of Education tweeted out information on a scholarship opportunity for middle school Students. Please encourage your "patriotic" middle school students who might be interested in winning a $5,000 college scholarship to apply for the VFW Youth Scholarship. The student entry deadline is October 31, 2018. For more information and a list of candidate requirements, visit the Veterans of Foreign Wars website. We'd love to see a CCSS student win this awesome award! (Click Here)


Middle School District Social Studies Meeting

Don't forget to attend our first District Social Studies Meeting on September 26th. The meeting will take place at Evans Middle School. Please try to arrive by 4:10 at the latest.


Additional professional development opportunities are located within the section titled Professional Development for All.

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Attention High School Social Studies Teachers:

District High School Social Studies Meetings

Quarterly high school social studies meetings are in the works for CCSS teacher workdays scheduled throughout the school year. More information on individual dates, times, and locations will be shared with you very soon. Please be on the lookout for these meeting dates.


Learning Activities for Covering Government Topics

In addition to iCivics, Ben's Guide to the U.S. Government may be useful in engaging your Civics students in fun activities about the government. (Click Here) Make sure you click on the appropriate age group.


Additional professional development opportunities are located within the section titled Professional Development for All.


Social Studies Civic Engagement Diploma Seal

Be on the lookout for more information regarding the Social Studies Civic Engagement Diploma Seal Program. A district application to the Department of Education is in the works. Upon acceptance, your school will have the ability to offer a Civic Engagement Seal to students who demonstrate a strong interest in various social studies contents and actively participate in community involvement opportunities. For more information about the seal program and specific requirements, please click here.


Consider this Student Opportunity:

The Georgia Department of Education tweeted out information on a scholarship opportunity for High School Students. Please encourage your "democracy-loving" high school students looking to gain a $30,000 college scholarship to apply. The student entry deadline is October 31, 2018. For more information and a list of candidate requirements, visit the Veterans of Foreign Wars website. We'd love to see a CCSS student win this awesome award! (Click Here)


Consider this Student Opportunity:

Do you have a student(s) that displays a strong passion for history and/or American government? Consider this outstanding opportunity (Georgia Deadline October 22, 2018):


The United States Senate Youth Program, established in 1962 by U.S. Senate Resolution, is a unique educational experience for outstanding high school students interested in pursuing careers in public service. The 57th annual program will be held in Washington, D.C., from March 2 – 9, 2019.


Two student leaders from each state, the District of Columbia and the Department of Defense Education Activity will spend a week in Washington experiencing their national government in action. Student delegates will hear major policy addresses by senators, cabinet members, officials from the Departments of State and Defense and directors of other federal agencies, as well as participate in meetings with the president and a justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. All transportation, hotel and meal expenses will be provided by The Hearst Foundations. In addition, each delegate will also be awarded a $10,000 college scholarship for undergraduate studies, with encouragement to pursue coursework in history and political science. To apply, please contact your state selection contact.

Know a Teacher Who Should be Recognized?

We have the best teachers! Click the button to access several opportunities for CCSS social studies teachers to gain the recognition they deserve. Scroll down to the section titled "Teacher Awards."

Professional Learning for All

Instructional Technology Training: Nearpod

Thursday, Sep. 27th, 4-5pm

167 Werz Industrial Boulevard

Newnan, GA

Please register to join in on a training session covering the instructional technology tool, Nearpod. This tool allows teachers the ability to move students through presentations and collect valuable formative data at your pace, keeping students fully engaged.


Want to Register? Click Here

Historical Thinking + Literacy = K-2 Social Studies Labs

Thursday, Sep. 6th, 8:30am-3:30pm

80 Cohen Walker Drive

Warner Robins, GA

Come into the lab and see what's on the slab as we dissect a good history lab for primary grades to examine its anatomy. We will experiment with a lab and then cook up our own, making sure to mix thoroughly with literacy skills.

The workshop, facilitated by GaDOE Social Studies - JoAnn Wood


Want to Register? Click Here

Advanced Placement: Selected Topics in AP Micro (AP Economics Teachers)

Monday, Sep. 10th, 8:30am-3pm

1000 Peachtree Street Northeast

Atlanta, GA

Register by September 5, 2018


This one-day workshop for AP teachers is led by experienced AP teachers and exam readers. The program takes an in-depth look at special topics in Microeconomics ONLY. Early registrants will be polled to help decide topics to be presented. There is no registration fee for this workshop, instructional materials are provided, substitute reimbursement is available, and lunch is included.


Want to Register? Click Here

Fiscal Policy: Shaping the Nation's Financial Future (ECON) (Teachers, Grade 12)

Thursday, Sep. 13th, 8:30am-3pm

Fayette County School System, GA, USA

GA

Register by September 11, 2018


This workshop for Economics teachers focuses on issues surrounding the federal budget, national debt and budget deficit that are outlined in the Georgia Standards for Economics (SSEMA3). Workshop participants will engage in interactive lessons and receive seven inquiry-driven lesson plans using primary source documents on the topics of Social Security, Medicare, National Security, Political Beliefs, and Political Rhetoric. There is no registration fee for this workshop, instructional materials are provided, substitute reimbursement is available, and lunch is included.


Want to Register? Click Here

Fiscal Policy: Political Decision Making--GOVT (Government Teachers 9-12)

Tuesday, Sep. 18th, 8am-3pm

Fayette County School System, GA, USA

GA

Register by September 14, 2018


This workshop is designed to engage democratic dialog among students enabling them to grapple with the competing agendas and conflicting values that shape public policy (SSCG4 and SSCG8). Participants will receive seven non-partisan lesson plans organized around the application of primary source documents on the topics of Social Security, Medicare, National Security, Taxation, and the Federal Budget. There is no registration fee, instructional materials are included, lunch is provided, and substitute reimbursement is available.


Want to Register? Click Here

2018 GCSS Annual Conference

Wednesday, Oct. 10th, 8:30am to Friday, Oct. 12th, 5pm

300 North Thomas Street

Athens, GA

Register today! Don’t miss this professional learning opportunity to assist teachers in effectively teaching the newly revised Georgia Standards of Excellence in Social Studies.


You may register online by visiting www.gcss.net.

Economic Turmoil: The Great Depression and World War II (Teachers, Grades 5 and 8)

Thursday, Oct. 18th, 8:30am-3pm

2109 Newton Drive Northeast

Covington, GA

Register by October 16, 2018


This workshop is focused on economic growth in Georgia during World War II. Topics will include economic issues in Germany in the 1930s and the rise of Hitler, the role of women in the workforce, the Bell Bomber plant in Marietta, military bases in Georgia, and how these impacted the state and nation during the 1940s and 1950s. There is no registration fee, materials are provided at no charge, substitute reimbursement is offered, and lunch is included.


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Election Economics (Teachers, Grades 8-12)

Friday, Oct. 19th, 8:30am-3pm

300 North Bond Street

Plains, GA

Register by October 17, 2018


Citizenship education must include active involvement in public affairs, ranging from the very simple task of voting to the heightened commitment of seeking election to public office. Our free market economic system and democratic way of life does not just “happen.” It requires that citizens take on the responsibility of evaluating issues and candidates so that informed votes can be cast. This one-day workshop for teachers grades 8-12 (history, government, and economics) provides participants with ten lessons to motivate students to understand the opportunity costs associated with voting; economic decision making in light of political beliefs and the budget, and more. There is no registration fee for this workshop, instructional materials are provided, substitute reimbursement is available, and lunch is included.


Want to Register? Click Here

Economic Decision Making and the U.S. Civil Rights Movement (Teachers, Grades 5 and 8)

Thursday, Dec. 6th, 8:30am-3pm

11031 By Pass Ave

Covington, GA

Register by December 4, 2018


This one-day workshop for 5th and 8th grade teachers focuses on the economics of the Civil Rights movement during the 1950’s, 1960’s, and 1970’s. Workshop participants will receive lessons and activities related to the Montgomery Bus Boycotts, the March on Washington, Jim Crow laws and the Brown v. Board of Education case. There is no registration fee, materials are provided, substitute reimbursement is available, and lunch is included.


Want to Register? Click Here

Comments, Concerns, Questions?

Please contact Phil Sykes, Social Studies Content Specialist, with any questions, comments, or concerns.