Social Studies Insider

March 2019

Wanted: Social Studies Go-To Teachers

Thank you to all those who have already submitted a form response. I appreciate your willingness to help lead our district. Currently, I am looking to add to this list of growing go-to teachers. If you are willing to help provide sample lessons, model teach engaging lessons, and provide feedback about the specific needs within the social studies classroom I'd greatly appreciate your help. To be considered, please click the button below to submit your form of interest.

Network Coweta - Join the Google Classroom Today

Google Classroom is being used to share resources, distribute lesson activities, and deliver professional learning opportunities for teachers. If you haven't joined your respective Google Classroom yet, you are missing out! Don't wait any longer! Join today!
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Seeking the Latest and Greatest in Digital Resources

Please continue to share digital resources you are using within your class lessons. If you click on the button below, you will be directed to the growing list of digital resources I have put together to help make lesson planning a little easier. Anytime you use one of the resources, please feel free to send me feedback! To assist with navigating the resources, recent additions will be listed at the end of the list. As a suggestion, always start at the bottom of this list and scroll to the top.
New to the List this Month: GIMKIT- A New Way to Review

GIMKIT is a new review platform that provides an alternative to Kahoot, Quizlet, and Quizizz. This live learning game provides you and your students an opportunity to review content in a way that not only awards students for their mastery throughout the game but also the strategies they adopt along the way. Your students will beg you to play. Your content specialist will be holding an in-depth training session on GIMKIT March 28th at 4 pm in the Professional Learning Center. We hope you can join us. Please register using the link located in the "Professional Learning for All" section.


Click on the image below to view a short tutorial video.

REV UP YOUR REVIEW: The Milestones Are Quickly Approaching

It is never too early to begin Milestones Preparation. Specific training will be provided to 5th and 8th grade social studies teachers on March 5th and 6th at WERZ. This training will assist teachers in strengthening review strategies and techniques. If you teach 5th or 8th grade social studies and are interested in participating in this awesome training session, please complete the following registration form by CLICKING HERE. Support staff (Gifted, EIP, SPED, Parapros) are welcomed to register if their school administrators approve their participation.
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Georgia DOE - Milestones Support Resources

The DOE has provided a number of resources that can be located by visiting their website. Please click the on the appropriate button below to access resources most relevant to the grade(s) and course(s) you teach.

What NOUNS Have You Taught?

The DOE has provided a list of proper nouns by grade level and standard that teachers should include in their class lessons and discussions. Students should be familiar with these terms before taking the Milestone Assessment. Take a moment to look over the images below. If you need to zoom in on the graphics, press your Ctrl and + keys at the same time.
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FYI: Georgia Milestone Content Weights By Grade

View the images below to better understand how your grade/courses Milestones assessment will be broken down by domain. Will your students be prepared for the assessment? For more specific information regarding the content weights by individual standard, check out the Milestones Test Blueprints by CLICKING HERE and selecting your individual grade and course.
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Milestone Practice Tests and Guides

The Study/Resource Guides are intended to serve as a resource for parents and students. They contain practice questions and learning activities for each content area. The standards identified in the Study/Resource Guides address a sampling of the state-mandated content standards. As teachers, you can utilize these sample guides within your warm-ups, lesson activities, and conclusion assessments. Additional resources can be found at www.georgiastandards.org.


Each link below will take you to grade specific Study/Resource Guides. Once you click on the link, please scroll to the specific page number listed below to access the social studies portion of the guide.


5th Grade Social Studies: Pg. 185 - 213

8th Grade Social Studies: Pg. 187 - 227

US History: Course Specific Pg. 1 - 88

Economics: Course Specific Pg. 1 - 58

Spotlighting Excellence

April Deleshaw, 5th Grade Social Studies, Eastside Elementary

Since becoming a certified teacher, Mrs. Deleshaw has taught several different subjects and grade levels at Eastside. This year, she has moved into 5th grade and undertaken the responsibility of instructing our students in Science and Social Studies. She works to build relationships with her students and parents, allowing both groups to understand her expectations as well as the State expectations for mastery of the content. Her passion for teaching leads her to be innovative and creative in her instructional delivery. She works tirelessly to make the 5th grade Science and Social Studies standards 'come to life' for each of her students by integrating Science labs, sponsoring interactive days (Cattle Trail Day, Industrialization, Depression Day), and engaging students so that they connect with the content. Mrs. Deleshaw knows that by presenting a collaborative learning environment, her students will be more willing to take risks, to experiment, to hypothesize, and to think and question openly. She is constantly analyzing student data and student responses to determine how to present instruction differently, how to further engage students, and how to make the curriculum meaningful and realistic to their present life.

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Lee Early, 7th Grade Social Studies, Evans Middle School

Mr. Lee Early is a 7th grade social studies teacher at Evans Middle School. Mr. Early uses 21st century learning to continuous engage his students. He creates activities and uses technology to ensure that the curriculum is relevant to students' lives. In addition to making an impact in the classroom, Mr. Early connects to students through coaching boys soccer.


I am attaching two pictures from Mr. Early's class. The first one is a specialization activity. Students work together in groups to design and create cups. Through the creation of cups the students discussed the role of specialization and the benefits of specialization in economics. The second picture is the utilization of Pear Deck to help student have a deeper understanding of vocabulary. Students work in pairs to define the term in their own words and create a picture that describes the word. The student work is then uploaded into class site. The class discusses each submission and votes to keep the submission if it meets the criteria. At the end, Pear Deck will take all the accepted cards and create a Quizlet for students to study from.

Evans Martin, U.S. History, Northgate High School

Evans Martin is an integral part of the social studies department at Northgate High School and serves as the school's teacher representative on school council. He presents his content in a way that is meaningful and makes lasting connections. Teaching all Advanced Placement United States History courses, he is rigorous and provides a challenging experience for his students to prepare them for their future collegiate experiences. His students will be quick to tell you that they appreciate his high expectations and his willingness to go above and beyond to support their educational journey.

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Attention Elementary Social Studies Teachers:

Calling ALL 5th Grade Social Studies Teachers and Support Staff (SPED, Paraprofessional, Instructional Coaches, Etc.) - Register for the "Revving Review" Workshop listed within the Professional Learning for All section by clicking on the appropriate registration link. 5th grade social studies teachers and support staff should plan to attend the March 5th date. I look forward to seeing you here at WERZ for a day filled with fun and learning. YOU WON'T WANT TO MISS THIS! Don't forget to complete your professional leave form in Cabnet and secure your substitute.


Kid Lit TV- Bringing Literature into the Social Studies Classroom

Kid Lit Tv provides teachers with a number of ways to bring nonfiction literature into the Social Studies and/or ELA classroom. The content can be aligned to your standards and will be certain to engage your students. Click Here to access.


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.


Mission US (Most appropriate for 4-5th Grades)

Make your social studies lessons revolutionary with simulator-based historical games by Mission US. Click the link to view the game trailer. To view all versions of the game, click here.


Picturing History: Using Children's Literature to Spark Inquiry in Social Studies K-12

Save the date Thursday and Friday, June 20-21 2019! This read-aloud retreat will connect educators with professional authors and illustrators. Held at Brasstown Valley Resort & Spa, nestled in the beautiful mountains of North Georgia, we expect this retreat to fill quickly. Click here for registration information.


Check out the GCEE Workshops offered this semester! Additional professional development opportunities are located within the section titled Professional Development for All.


Attention Middle School Social Studies Teachers:

Calling ALL 8th Grade Georgia Studies Teachers and Support Staff (SPED, Paraprofessional, Instructional Coaches, Etc.) - Register for the "Revving Review" Workshop listed within the "Professional Learning for All" section by clicking on the appropriate registration link. 8th grade social studies teachers and/or support staff should plan to attend the March 6th date. I look forward to seeing you here at WERZ for a day filled with fun and learning. YOU WON'T WANT TO MISS THIS! Don't forget to complete your professional leave form in Cabnet and secure your substitute.


8th Grade Georgia Studies Economics Review App Coming Soon

GCEE is planning to release the 8th Grade Economics review app in late February, early March. Please be on the lookout. This will serve as an additional tool to help prepare our students for the Milestones.


Attention 7th Grade Social Studies Teachers:

Please take time to view the professional learning opportunity specifically tailored to 7th Grade GSE. The Georgia Council for Economic Education will be leading a workshop at WERZ on March 8 focusing on the Africa standards. Please make sure you register for this fantastic opportunity.


Attention 6th Grade Social Studies Teachers:

Please take time to view the professional learning opportunity specifically tailored to 6th Grade GSE. The Georgia Council for Economic Education will be leading a workshop at WERZ on March 14 focusing on the Canada standards. Please make sure you register for this fantastic opportunity.


Opportunity for Students in Grades 6-12:
The Georgia Commission on the Holocaust is looking for it's 2019 Student Community Service Award recipient. This award is given to honor students in middle and high school who are making significant contributions to their community through their time, actions, talents and dedication. Students applying for these awards will have consistently demonstrated qualities of compassion and service in their volunteer activities. Students may not receive any monetary or personal benefits from their involvement in these activities. Please encourage students to apply! We'd love to have a CCSS student recognized for the work they are doing to better our community. Click here for an application.


Middle School District Social Studies Meeting

This month's meeting will be held at East Coweta Middle School. Please plan to arrive by 4:10.


Picturing History: Using Children's Literature to Spark Inquiry in Social Studies K-12

Save the date Thursday and Friday, June 20-21 2019! This read-aloud retreat will connect educators with professional authors and illustrators. Held at Brasstown Valley Resort & Spa, nestled in the beautiful mountains of North Georgia, we expect this retreat to fill quickly. Click here for registration information.


Check out the GCEE Workshops offered this semester! For specific information about additional opportunities, scroll down to the section titled Professional Development for All.

Attention High School Social Studies Teachers:

Econ Teachers: It's Never too Early to Spiral...

General Economics and AP Economics review apps are now available in the Apple and Google Play Stores. These apps were created by GCEE and will provide students with a great review resource for general Economics and AP Economics course assessments. The current bank of questions holds nearly 400 questions and is constantly working to add additional questions. Encourage your students to download and use these apps today!


Opportunity for Students in Grades 6-12:
The Georgia Commission on the Holocaust is looking for it's 2019 Student Community Service Award recipient. This award is given to honor students in middle and high school who are making significant contributions to their community through their time, actions, talents and dedication. Students applying for these awards will have consistently demonstrated qualities of compassion and service in their volunteer activities. Students may not receive any monetary or personal benefits from their involvement in these activities. Please encourage students to apply! We'd love to have a CCSS student recognized for the work they are doing to better our community. Click here for an application.


Social Studies Civic Engagement Diploma Seal

If you teach at either ECHS or NHS, please advertise this opportunity to your students. I encourage each high school to run morning announcements about this opportunity to attract student interest. The finalized rubric is available for viewing, please see your department head to see how student applications will be assessed. Two honor cords options will be available for students to chose. The basic honor cord will consist of three strands twisted together representing the national colors of the United States (red, white, and blue). An upgrade option will be available for students who wish to receive a double cord consisting of one red/white cord and one blue/gold cord. If students chose the upgraded cord, they will be expected to pay the $5.00 upgrade fee. (We requested this option in order to establish a distinction between Civic Engagement Diploma Seal Program and French Honor Society cords.)


Picturing History: Using Children's Literature to Spark Inquiry in Social Studies K-12

Save the date Thursday and Friday, June 20-21 2019! This read-aloud retreat will connect educators with professional authors and illustrators. Held at Brasstown Valley Resort & Spa, nestled in the beautiful mountains of North Georgia, we expect this retreat to fill quickly. Click here for registration information.


Check out the GCEE Workshops offered this semester! Additional professional development opportunities are located within the section titled Professional Development for All.

Network Connectors

Looking to connect with others in the Social Studies field? Utilize the links below to connect with various organizations that may provide expertise and resources to better your professional networks.


Connect with Georgia's virtual learning community for Social Studies

Georgia Council for the Social Studies

Georgia Council on Economic Education

Georgia Historical Society

Georgia WWI Commission

National Council for History Education

Newnan-Coweta Historical Society

Professional Learning for All

Incorporating Literacy and Economics in the Grade 3 Curriculum

Tuesday, March 5th, 8:30am-3pm

106 Trojan Drive

Carrollton, GA

Register By: March 1

This workshop focuses on strategies and new materials that will help 3rd grade teachers incorporate effective literacy strategies into creative and engaging math, science, language arts, and social studies lessons. There is no registration fee for this workshop, instructional materials are provided, substitute reimbursement is available, and lunch is provided.


Want to Register? Click Here

Revving Review- Preparing for the 5th Grade Georgia Milestones

Tuesday, March 5th, 8am-3pm

Coweta County Schools- WERZ

Maximize student achievement on the Georgia Milestone Assessments in 5th Grade through the use of learner-centered strategies designed to not only review but also diagnose student knowledge gaps. Activate higher-ordered thinking and require students to make applications and connections. Challenge students to understand the significance of the events and identified individuals in the Georgia Standards of Excellence. Experience and receive intensive review materials designed to support student retention of the critical content and necessary skills to build student comfort and confidence. These materials energize teachers to equip their students to peak their test scores.


Want to Register? Click Here

Revving Review- Preparing for the 8th Grade Georgia Milestones

Wednesday, March 6th, 8am-3pm

Coweta County Schools- WERZ

Just what is academic rigor and what does it look like in the classroom? Participants consider the mastery of skills and content necessary for student success and experience learner-centered strategies to support depth and complexity of understanding and application of knowledge. Special emphasis is placed on the importance of vertical alignment and the foundation necessary for end of course success. Experience and receive intensive review materials designed to support student retention of the critical content and necessary skills to build student comfort and confidence. These materials energize teachers to equip their students to peak their test scores.


Want to Register? Click Here

Focus: South Africa, Nigeria, and Kenya (7th Grade)

Friday, March 8th, 8:30am-3pm

Coweta County Schools- WERZ

Register By: March 6

The Georgia Standards of Excellence have clarified and focused the countries to be studied in-depth in Africa. This one-day workshop for 7th grade teachers provides with a targeted look at the economies of these three countries and how they interact within the region and on the world stage. 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

Focus: Canada, Australia, and the United States (6th Grade)

Thursday, March 14th, 8:30am-3pm

Coweta County Schools- WERZ

Register By: March 12

This one-day workshop for 6th grade teachers examines Canada and Australia in relation to the United States. The elementary curriculum is focused on six years of U.S. History and lays the groundwork for this workshop. Canada and Australia are the only two units of study in the GSE that are not taught as part of a cultural region, so this workshop demonstrates a way to organize the standards to teach economic systems, international trade, and economic growth/GDP in a comparative context. 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

GIMKIT: A New Way to Review -- Instructional Technology Workshop

Thursday, March 28th, 4-5pm

Coweta County Schools- WERZ


Learn about GimKit - an alternative to Quizlet and Kahoot. Training will demonstrate the program and how to create your own GimKit from scratch or from your own Quizlet sets. This platform can be integrated into any subject area and all are welcomed to join. We look forward to working with you as we showcase this new method for engaging students during review!



Want to Register? Click Here

Lights, Camera, Econ- The Economic Impact of the Film and TV Industry in Georgia (Grades 8, 9-12)

Friday, May 10th, 8:30am-3pm

Coweta County Schools- WERZ

Register By: May 8

Georgia is now one of the largest hubs for television and film production in the c world. This one-day workshop for 8th - 12th grade teachers focuses on the various characteristics of Georgia that make this possible including Georgia's infrastructure, its location, crew-base and the all-important tax credit. 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

Picturing History: Using Great Children's Literature to Spark Inquiry in Social Studies K-12​

Thursday, June 20th, 8am to Friday, June 21st, 5pm

6321 U.S. 76

Young Harris, GA

Save the date Thursday and Friday, June 20-21 2019! This read-aloud retreat will connect educators with professional authors and illustrators. Held at Brasstown Valley Resort & Spa, nestled in the beautiful mountains of North Georgia, we expect this retreat to fill quickly. There is limited space available, registration information coming soon!

Comments, Concerns, Questions?

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