Social Studies @ LEISD

Weekly Newsletter 11/10-11/14


It is a very exciting time for us in the educational world of Social Studies! We have some very important decisions to make concerning the upcoming materials adoption. Several publishers have given access to online classrooms and resources and I encourage you all to scope it out and use what you can! There are resources for every grade level, many things you can download, and English and Spanish versions of most K-5 lessons and documents. Follow the link below to get started. And please fill out the Social Studies Materials Survey if you have not already!

When a committee has been chosen we will move to the next step. I will keep you informed and please feel free to contact me with any questions, comments, or concerns.

Social Studies Materials Survey

I NEED YOUR HELP! We must choose from a number of publishing companies the Social Studies materials we will adopt for the next school year and beyond. Fill out this survey so your voice can be heard!

Free Social Studies Materials

Follow this link to a document with instructions on how to access tons of free resources from several publishers. You will be happy you did!

This Week in History

1775 A resolution is passed on November 10th to create the Continental Marines and is observed as the birth date of the United States Marine Corps

1831 Nat Turner, slave and rebellion leader in Southampton County, Virginia, is hanged for crimes related to the slave revolt. It will later be called the Nat Turner Rebellion

1852 “The Rival Painters: A Story of Rome” by Louisa May Alcott is published. She will later become famous for her beloved children’s book Little Women.

1903 The patent office awards Mary Anderson from Birmingham Alabama a patent for her “window cleaning device for electric cars and other vehicles to remove snow, ice, or sleet from the window.” In other words, windshield wipers.

1964 At a news conference, Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara says that the US has no plans to send combat troops into Vietnam. By 1969, more than 500,000 American troops were in South Vietnam.

1969 “Sesame Street,” a pioneering TV show that would teach generations of young children the alphabet and how to count, makes it broadcast debut.

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EDUCATOR Spotlight!

Congratulations to Ms. Magdalena Silva for being in this week's EDUCATOR Spotlight!

Ms. Silva joined the LEISD team this year bringing with her over 5 years of teaching experience. She received her B.A. from Moody Bible Institute and in addition to her teaching credentials has a degree in Christian Education. She loves being a teacher and mother, which is the accomplishment of which she is most proud. Ms. Silva teaches in the Dual Language Program at Hackberry Elementary.

Favorite Tools: Ms. Silva enjoys watching her students work collaboratively in research projects and finds joy in seeing them discover information. By creating a classroom built around student engagement, she is able to encourage students to apply the information they have learned in creative and meaningful ways.

Favorite Quote: "Do to others what you would have them do to you" Matthew 7:12

Thank you Ms. Silva for your dedication to LEISD and for working tirelessly to meet the needs of our students! We appreciate you!!

STUDENT Spotlight!

Emma Moore.

This week's STUDENT in the Spotlight is Ms. Emma Moore from Little Elm High School! Ms. Moore was nominated by her Advanced Placement U.S. History teacher Mr. Craig Drenowatz.

Mr. Drenowatz was thrilled to nominate Emma and had many positive comments about her work ethic, knowledge base, and hunger for more information. He stated, "Emma has a general interest that truly fits my teaching style. She has a passion to not only learn the topic at hand but learn the cause and effect of the event. Thus far, she has been exemplary in the classroom. Typically it takes Juniors longer to adapt to a collegiate level course where the pace is so elevated."

Great job Emma Moore, LEISD Social Studies STUDENT in the Spotlight! We need thinkers like you! Keep it up!

Who will be in the STUDENT Spotlight next week? Nominate Here!


Content Cadres:

Grades 09-12 in room 1215 11/10 from 445-6

Upcoming Events:

Material Adoption Committee

US History EOC Prep (11/11, 11/17, 11/20)

LEISD Symbaloo

TONS of websites, articles, interactive student tools, and apps for Social Studies. Explore!