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Jackie Robinson on PBS

I didn't see it at first, but PBS is running a special on Jackie Robinson by Ken Burns. So if you don't already know, there are a lot of resources out there that you can use in class. I've found that BIOGRAPHY is a great way to teach history, so as many people are nearing the Civil Rights Unit, this could be a good way to supplement the class. The trailer is below.

JACKIE ROBINSON | An Inside Look | PBS

History Bee Winners

The Regional History Bee was last week at Fairfield Middle School. We had Fairfield and Holman students representing the county from Mrs. Pierpont and Mrs. Steenrod and we had 4 winners from Holman can compete at Nationals in Chicago this summer.


The student winners were: Andrew Morlino, Madhu Venkateswaran, Josh Dupuois, and Evan Graham.


What a great way to get kids interested in history. Setting a National History Bee at your school is easy. Up to ten students from each registered school may participate in the Online Qualifying Exam. The Online Qualifying Exam is a multiple choice test administered through this website under the supervision of a Sponsor. All instructions for the Online Qualifying Exam can be found under the Sponsor Menu. Top scorers on the exam advance to the Regional Finals. I believe there is a small cost for this, so be prepared for that.


Get more info here.

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National Museum of African American History and Culture

I'm planning on going to the Grand Opening of the NMAAHC on Sept 24. Taking a group would be fun. If you'd like to go as a group of HCPS teachers, let me know. Fill out this form. I'm assuming we have to just show up, not get a ticket. But I'll pay attention to that. It opens at 8am, so I'm planning on getting there early, or the night before.


If you're interesting in going up as a group, click here.


Link to the museum.

Schoology News

Welcome to Schoology! Now that all teachers have access, we can start transitioning from Google and School Space. Here is my goal:


  • Everything will be in Schoology, only. I'm not moving anything from School Space anymore as it's old, bad, or won't fit the 2015 Curriculum Framework. I'm moving anything from Google into Schoology. I will no longer use Google docs to share resources, just Schoology.
  • I have a group in Schoology for all Social Studies teachers. Soon, I will shut down the Google Group. To gain access to the group, go to Groups>Click Join>Paste in the following for the code to get in: 89QMX-SRCK4.


For those who are new to Schoology, there are many ways I can share resources with you all. Each has pluses and minuses. Other Specialist may do things differently, but for us, I am using COLLECTIONS which is a tool in the Resources section of Schoology. My number 1 goal is for you to have access to a folder that updates on your end whenever I upload items into a folder.


If I just used the Resources folders in the Group, or had you link to my Personal folder, as soon as you have access to my folder, you won't get new things I upload unless if you deleted the folder and then re-linked. That's a pain.


So, I will personally add each and every one of you to a collection. But once that is done, whenever I update, you'll be updated without even knowing it. That will be the easiest way.

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Richmond's own Black History Museum

Beginning May 10th, Richmonders will have access to the new, improved, relocated Black History Museum at 122 W. Leigh Street. Its old digs (at 00 Clay Street) have been the headquarters of the Black History Museum and Cultural Center of Virginia for 35 years, but the new space is bigger, more accessible, and, well, there’s the fact that it looks like a Super Mario Bros. brick castle, which I think we all can agree is pretty amazing.


More info.

Henricus Summer Fun

Henricus Middle School Teacher Workshop - Join consultants of Colonial and Virginia Indian history and the staff of Henricus Historical Park for a day of workshops. Agenda includes site-based activities, round table discussions and primary source/ archaeology activities and Project- and Problem-Based Learning activities. This workshop is for all public, private and homeschool educators of middle school students (grades 6-9). For more information, call 804-318-8731. Thursday, July 28, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. $8 per teacher; lunch included.


More information here.

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Pamplin Park Summer Institute

This summer Pamplin Historical Park & The National Museum of the Civil War Soldier is offering educators an opportunity to study the Civil War and Reconstruction through classes that combine classroom experience with tours and hands-on activities at Pamplin Historical Park.


They are offering two seminar programs this year; a 5-day program and a compressed, 3-day program. Each program has a different theme, so you can pick your favorite or take both.


Click here for info.

Instructional Ideas

Click here to go to the HCPS SOL Resources WikiPage

Digital resources for SOL courses including state guidelines, online textbooks, and other resources to use in the classroom.

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Student Growth Measures

I'm in the process of updated Student Growth Measure #2 for next year for the mandatory classes that students must take. The measures will parallel the skills above so that students, upon completing a 6 - 12 Social Studies education in HCPS, will be versed in skills along with content. The skills will be as follows:


  • 6th Grade: Mapping Skills
  • 7th Grade: Sourcing Documents
  • Civics: Sourcing Documents
  • World History One: Corroboration
  • World History Two: Close Reading
  • World Geography: Mapping/Geography Skills
  • US History: Close Reading
  • Government: Corroboration


I'm also trying to see how I can make posters made that would include the chart above. If you want, you can print it out from here and put it on your walls.

Interactive Civics/Government Textbook

Here's a pretty cool, free, e-book students can use to look at Congress via political cartoons. All images are from the Library of Congress.


Check it out here.

Make Homework Fun?

An article from TED:


When’s the last time your students got excited to do homework? Or said things like, “Wow…just WOW. It is amazing how much is out there that we just don’t know about”? What if every homework assignment could expand a student’s worldview while engaging a kid’s natural curiosity? One middle school teacher took on this challenge — so you don’t have to.


This is about the TED Ed Site with lessons you can use and create.


Check it out.

This is Sparta: Fierce warriors of the ancient world - Craig Zimmer

Trivia and Other Balderdash

Trivia 2015 - 2016: Teachers- 13 and Me- 12

Last week: Drew Baker sort of won from Glen Allen. He didn't get one of the 5 questions correct. This is twice in a row for him.


Last week's Connections question:


  • Your best card (Trump)
  • 1956 slogan, at any price (Peace and Prosperity)
  • 1928 movie staring Madge Bellamy (Soft Living)
  • Nigerian Princes and Charles Ponzi qualify as this (Get rich quick)
  • 2015 "Mockumentary" about Ingrid Porrez and Simon Vos (Safety First)


The last four bullets come from a Teddy Roosevelt quotation, "The things that will destroy America are prosperity-at-any-price, peace-at-any-price, safety-first instead of duty-first, the love of soft living, and the get-rich-quick theory of life."


What do they all have in common? Things that will destroy America


This week:


  • Find the coat of arms of the city with 165 canals
  • Find the coat of arms of the smallest German state
  • Find the coat of arms of the capital of the European parliament
  • Find the coat of arms of a capital city that keeps sinking
  • Find the national symbol of Ireland


What do they all have in common?

Funny History of the World in 3 Minutes (The Entertainer)