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I have been a Social Studies teacher for over 15 years. I prefer to use lessons that allow my students to become facilitators and active participants in their own learning rather than merely an audience of "my show".

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I have been a Social Studies teacher for over 15 years. I prefer to use lessons that allow my students to become facilitators and active participants in their own learning rather than merely an audience of "my show".
Reformation: The Catholic Church's Response ~A Document Based Activity~
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Reformation: The Catholic Church's Response ~A Document Based Activity~

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This 7 page activity packet contains everything your students need to complete a Document Based Activity (using primary sources/secondary sources) on how the Catholic Church fought back against the Protestant Reformation (Counter-Reformation). Students will read primary/secondary documents that introduce them to the ideas of the Council of Trent, Inquisition, the Society of Jesus/Jesuits and the Index of Prohibited Books. Students will: 1) Read each primary/secondary source document (excerpt) to understand how the Catholic Church fought back against the spread of Protestantism. 2) While examining documents A-D, students can answer the Comprehension Check Questions, for each document, on paper or orally discuss with a partner. 3) Students will then complete their graphic organizers to record information that will answer the overall question: How did the Catholic Church fight back against the Reformation? 4) Students can then use their graphic organizers to write a response to the overall question on their own paper or orally discuss as a class (teacher choice). MEETS COMMON CORE STANDARDS
21 Economics Videos with Worksheets! ~Student Activities~
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21 Economics Videos with Worksheets! ~Student Activities~

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This Economic video collection contains 21 (I recently added 3) public access video links (QR Codes and web addresses provided) and corresponding worksheets for various economic topics. Most video activities (video and worksheet) can be completed in 10 minutes or less and are perfect as warm-up activities, review activities or to supplement a lecture. Students can scan the QR Codes provided (with their free QR Code reader app on any smartphone) OR can just watch the videos on any computer with internet connection. If students do not have internet access, you can project these videos on the LCD projector and watch them as a class. ANSWER KEYS are provided. Topics include: -Gross Domestic Product -Supply -Demand -Equilibrium -Labor Market -Circular Flow Model -Externalities -Demand with income effect and substitution effect -Birth of Markets -Natural resources and the economy -Mankiw’s 10 Principles of Economics -Money and Banks -Federal Reserve -Minimum wage debate -Globalization ……And more!
Causes of the American Revolution DBQ Activity: Taking up Arms
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Causes of the American Revolution DBQ Activity: Taking up Arms

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This 6 page Document based Activity has everything your students need to examine some of the reasons why the Colonists were willing to take up arms against Great Britain. Students will examine excerpts from the Declaration to Take Up Arms- July 1775 and from a 1775 political cartoon. They will be guided through a set of comprehension questions to understand why the colonists took up arms against Great Britain. A creative Exit Card/ Assessment activity is included.
Harlem Renaissance Powerpoint and Group Challenge Activities
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Harlem Renaissance Powerpoint and Group Challenge Activities

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In this 17 page download you are purchasing a FULL COLOR, high interest power-point on the Harlem Renaissance with graphic organizer and comprehension questions. During the power-point there are stopping points in which your students will be challenged in groups to compete against one another to complete tasks and answer questions about related topics in the power-point using their internet/smartphones. My students really get into this activity!
The Adventures of Captain Underpants: Comprehension Activities
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The Adventures of Captain Underpants: Comprehension Activities

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This 14 page packet covers the entire "The Adventures of Captain Underpants" book by Dav Pilkey. Each worksheet of this packet allows students/teachers to check student comprehension of the story, Chapters 1-20. Each worksheet is devoted to the content of a particular chapter(s). The comprehension questions asked in this packet are all aligned to the Common Core standards for reading grades 2-4. There are also several additional activities in the packet that students complete to extend their understanding of the book. This is a great packet to send home with students to complete while they are reading the book and then they return once they have finished the book.
Palestinian-Israeli Conflict ~Power-point, Videos & Student Activities~
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Palestinian-Israeli Conflict ~Power-point, Videos & Student Activities~

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Do your students understand why there is so much conflict between Israel and Palestine and how the US is involved? They will after completing these high- interest activities- my students were glued! This download contains MULTIPLE activities for the topic, Palestinian- Israeli Conflict. You can use/ do all the activities or choose to do only the ones that fit your curriculum. Activities included: 15 minute warm-up video (public access) and corresponding student worksheet-Great lead- in to the topic. Determining Perspective/ Real- life example article and class discussion questions with political cartoon analysis. Full- color, 23 slide Power-point lecture, includes a brief history of the Jews, Palestinians and Christians and how this conflict has progressed since 1948. Includes a Map Activity and corresponding notes organizer for students! 25 minute public access video with student activity comparing the perspective of Muslims, Jews and Christians who live in Israel/Palestine. A Key Terms Vocabulary Activity/worksheet Creative EXIT CARD/Assessment- worksheet/handouts- students will create their own political cartoon to exhibit their understanding of the conflict.
1960's U.S. History: Social Movements ~A Power-point & Interactive Student Activity ~
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1960's U.S. History: Social Movements ~A Power-point & Interactive Student Activity ~

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In this 29 Page download you are purchasing a FULL COLOR, high interest power-point on the Social Movements (Latinos, Native Americans, Women & Counterculture) of the 1960's with graphic organizer. During the power-point there are stopping points in which your students will be challenged in groups to compete against one another to complete tasks and answer questions about related topics in the power-point. No more boring lecture- your students will be engaged! Topics Covered: ~ Cesar Chavez ~United Farm Workers ~AIM ~Counterculture ~Betty Friedan ~Hippies ~Woodstock AND MANY MORE.....
Harlem Renaissance: Life in the 1920's Graphic Organizer
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Harlem Renaissance: Life in the 1920's Graphic Organizer

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What was life like for African Americans in the 1920's? Your students can use the class textbook or internet to complete this 1 page graphic organizer about life during the Harlem Renaissance. Teacher answer key is included. **This graphic organizer is INCLUDED in my product, "Harlem Renaissance Power point and Group Challenge Activities" as well.
U.S. History: Examining Both Sides of the Scopes "Monkey" Trial Activity
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U.S. History: Examining Both Sides of the Scopes "Monkey" Trial Activity

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In this 3 page activity, students will read a basic overview of the Scopes Trial, read arguments of the prosecution and defense, examine political cartoons from the period and listen to a SONG! Students will then use the information (primary source excerpts of Darrow and Bryan are included) in the packet to answer critical thinking questions about the event. Also included are the directions for an OPTIONAL EXTENSION assignment using the internet. Great front-loading or review assignment…could be used as classwork or homework. Answer Key Included
U.S. Economics: Factors of Production Student Activity
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U.S. Economics: Factors of Production Student Activity

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This 7 page activity contains everything your students need to gain an in-depth understanding of the Factors of Production. Perfect lesson to use during a beginning Econ unit (Unit 1) where students are learning the basics of Economics. In this activity: Students will complete a graphic organizer, Factors of Production Chart, on the 4 Factors of Production using their classroom textbook or online resource. Students will then participate in a group activity in which they list all of the Factors of Production for an assigned good or service, create a poster of this information and share out with the class. Students will watch a video on how the Factors of Production may be affected in the future. (Video is public access on YouTube) and is 15 minutes in length. Students will answer questions about the video while watching. Assessment/Conclusion Activity Included. FULL LESSON, all worksheets, teacher STEP-BY-STEP directions are all included.
Islam Unit: Muslim Contributions that Shaped the World ~Student Activities~
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Islam Unit: Muslim Contributions that Shaped the World ~Student Activities~

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In this 17 page resource your students will learn about Muslim contributions that shaped our world today. Contributions include: chess, hospitals, algebra, Arabic numerals, astrolabe, map-making, Avicenna “Canon of Medicine”, al-Khwarizmi, Sufism, “The 1001 Nights”, calligraphy, domes, minarets and MORE! Students will complete a pictorial warm-up in which they examine paintings depicting Muslim contributions, they discuss their observations with a partner and then annotate black and white versions. Then students will use their classroom textbook and/or an ONLINE Exhibition, article, and resource that will guide them in their research of Muslim contributions. Students will access these websites by scanning included QR CODES or web addresses. Lastly, students will complete an EXIT Card activity. The activities in this download can be completed without internet /computer access but internet access definitely enriches the activity. ***All Materials and worksheets are included…
Post-WWI: Rise of Totalitarian Dictators ~ An Introductory Activity ~
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Post-WWI: Rise of Totalitarian Dictators ~ An Introductory Activity ~

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In this 4 page packet you have everything needed to briefly introduce your students to the rise of Totalitarian leaders after WWI before you dig deeper.I use this lesson in both my U.S. and World History classes. Your students will: Read a short 1 page introduction that explains what a Totalitarian state is and how it runs. (Included) Use the information in the reading to fill in 1 section of their graphic organizer. (Included) Use the class textbook or internet ( as a web quest), to fill in the sections of the chart about Hitler, Mussolini, and Stalin, comparing how each leader fits the description of a totalitarian state. (Info is: How did they control their citizenry? How did they deal with their opposition? Who did they blame for their countries problems? Etc…) Complete a homework/extension activity that asks students to do some quick research on Totalitarianism today making connections from events of the past to events of today. (Worksheet/directions included)
U.S. History: Manifest Destiny & Westward Expansion ~A Gallery Walk Activity~
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U.S. History: Manifest Destiny & Westward Expansion ~A Gallery Walk Activity~

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In this Gallery Walk Activity, your students will examine the major events surrounding Manifest Destiny and America's westward expansion. Your students will learn how each territory was obtained by the U.S. Government (from Atlantic Ocean to Pacific Ocean) and how the U.S. achieved its Manifest Destiny! Topics covered include: Original 13 Colonies, Louisiana Purchase, Mexican- American War, Annexation of Texas, Oregon Trail, Gadsden Purchase and MORE! A Gallery Walk is an activity in which your students will examine museum-like exhibits that you place around the classroom in order to complete their assignment. It is a fun way to present the information and it gets your class up and moving in an organized way- a fun break from lecture! All Museum Exhibits and corresponding student sheets are included in this product! INCLUDES a map activity (labeling the areas of westward expansion), graphic organizers, student questions and an exit card activity! FUN!! ANSWER KEY INCLUDED * If you prefer an editable version of this lesson just email me after purchase and I will send you this lesson in an editable format. (learningisapassion@yahoo.com) **Note this lesson requires student internet access to complete as a “gallery walk”, preferably using a QR Code reader on their phones (free APP) OR access to 2 computers/tablets.
Confucianism: ~Power-point, Game & Student Activity~
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Confucianism: ~Power-point, Game & Student Activity~

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You are purchasing 1 full color power-point, game, and student activity, and corresponding worksheets for notes, game and activity on the topic of Confucianism. Great intro to the basics of the belief system; What is it? Who was Confucius? What are the 5 Relationships? The Analects, Meritocracy/Civil Service Exam, how Confucianism affected China and MORE! I use this lesson during my World History unit on China. In this lesson your students will: 1) Take notes on the worksheets provided while learning about Confucianism from a FULL COLOR power-point lecture. 2) Play a game throughout the lecture that will keep them engaged and motivated to learn the material and pay attention! 3) Complete an Exit Card student activity that requires them to critically think and use what they learned about Confucianism. FUN GAME keeps your students engaged during the lecture! This lesson works well in either a World Religions or World History class.
Armenian Genocide ~Power-point, Video & Document Based Activity~
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Armenian Genocide ~Power-point, Video & Document Based Activity~

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You are purchasing a 37- page resource that includes the following activities on the Armenian Genocide: Was it really a genocide? (you can use them all or each activity can be used alone). Students will complete the activities that will prepare them to explain why the Armenian Genocide illustrates the United Nation’s definition of a genocide. The activities included are: 1) Warm-up activity and worksheet examining the United Nations definition of Genocide. 2) 2 short (about 15 minutes each) video activities (includes video link and video worksheets) 3) FULL COLOR Power-point with corresponding worksheet and Map Activity 4) Primary Source document activity that requires students to examine 9 documents regarding the genocide and report their findings on a corresponding chart with guiding questions. 5) Extension Activity with student reading and worksheets on the Stages and Prevention of genocides like the Armenian Genocide. 6) A CREATIVE Exit Card/Assessment activity that allows students to exhibit their learning of the genocide.
Dictators of WWII ~A Meme Activity~
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Dictators of WWII ~A Meme Activity~

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In this activity your students will create/finish a set of "memes" on the topic of WWII Dictators. This activity is a perfect compliment to a lecture, lesson or textbook reading on this topic. You can use this activity as an EXIT CARD, classwork or homework activity to supplement what you already do on this topic. Students will complete this activity and be able to exhibit their understanding of the following topics/key terms: Nazism, Hitler, Fascism, Mussolini, Tojo, Communism, Stalin, Militarism and MORE! A QR CODE is included so that students can access an online Meme generator to complete the optional activity included. Students LOVE memes! Includes student directions and a grading rubric!
World History: Art Movements (1700-1890) Power-Point & Student "Foldable" Activities
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World History: Art Movements (1700-1890) Power-Point & Student "Foldable" Activities

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In this activity, students will examine the art movements associated with the spread of the Industrial Revolution (1700’s -1890). Art Movements covered: Neoclassicism, Romanticism, Realism and Impressionism. In this activity your students will: 1) Take notes on a foldable (included) while the teacher projects a full color, high interest power-point with audio/visual examples. 2) Apply what they have learned by drawing a quick sketch of a house in each art style. 3) Complete an Exit Card/ Assessment Activity in which students will examine 8 Exhibits and identify to which art movement the Exhibit belongs. **All student worksheets (Foldables), power-point slides, exhibits and corresponding student chart, TEACHER ANSWER KEY are included.
U.S. History: Vietnam War ~A Video Activity~
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U.S. History: Vietnam War ~A Video Activity~

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Check out this FREE Vietnam War video worksheet (link included) that is a great warm-up activity- video is approximately 5 minutes long and briefly introduces students to the Vietnam War…Great Supplement to any lesson or lecture on the war! (Answer Key and video link included)
Current Event: News Clips ~Current Event Activities~
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Current Event: News Clips ~Current Event Activities~

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This resource includes 8 Creative Activity prompts that students can choose to complete while watching current event video clips such as CNN 10- Student News, Fox News, Opinion pieces etc. Also included is a Graphic Organizer (worksheet) for students to complete their activities on daily.