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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
Causes of WWI Graphic Organizer
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Causes of WWI Graphic Organizer

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Graphic Organizer for the M.A.I.N.E causes of WWI. Militarism, Alliances, Imperialism, Nationalism, and Execution (Assassination) Students can use their class textbook or the internet to complete this graphic organizer. Key Included.
U.S. Government: How a Bill becomes Law Graphic Organizer
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U.S. Government: How a Bill becomes Law Graphic Organizer

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This is a great 4 page resource includes 2 graphic organizers plus student extension activity that your students can complete using their class textbook or internet research. The short internet extension activity included allows students to scan a QR code to look up a current bill in Congress and track its progress. (website also included).Includes Answer Key.
Scientific Revolution Interactive Power-point & Student Activities
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Scientific Revolution Interactive Power-point & Student Activities

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This (18 page) interactive power-point combined with student activities will teach your students about the Scientific Revolution.Topics covered: What led to the Scientific Revolution, Roots of the Scientific Revolution, Copernicus, Kepler, Galileo, Newton, Bacon & Descartes.In this activity your students will: 1) Complete a graphic organizer while the teacher goes through the power-point. 2) At stopping points in the ppt, students will complete 5 fun short activities related to the material that will engage them in the topic. All materials are included. Step by step lesson directions are included.
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.
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.
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)
Civil Rights Timeline Graphic Organizer
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Civil Rights Timeline Graphic Organizer

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This 5 page resource includes a graphic organizer “Civil Rights Timeline” will allow your students to take notes on Key Civil Rights events from 1919-1968. Students can complete this graphic using either the class textbook or the internet. Teacher Answer Key Provided.
WWI Webquest and Graphic Organizer
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WWI Webquest and Graphic Organizer

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You are purchasing a 5 page product that includes a 3 page graphic organizer that is a perfect Preview or Review of key WWI events including: Causes, alliances, key battles, trench warfare, new technology, US entrance, Russia exit and more! Plus a 2 page web-quest activity (worksheets guide student through the website) students can complete using a public access website all about trench warfare.
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.
Captain Underpants: Invasion of Naughty Cafeteria Ladies Comprehension Q's
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Captain Underpants: Invasion of Naughty Cafeteria Ladies Comprehension Q's

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This 13 page packet covers the entire "Captain Underpants and the Invasion of the Incredibly Naughty Cafeteria Ladies From Outer Space" book by Dav Pilkey. Each worksheet of this packet allows students/teachers to check student comprehension of the story, Chapters 1-25. 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 1-4. 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.
6 Basic Principles of the Constitution ~Student Activity~
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6 Basic Principles of the Constitution ~Student Activity~

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This 4 page resource includes 2 graphic organizer/worksheets and is a great short activity to introduce or review the 6 Basic Principles of the Constitution (Limited Government, Checks and Balances, Popular Sovereignty, Judicial Review, Separation of Power, and Federalism). Students will scan the QR code (or use the internet) to watch a short public access video describing the 6 principles and record a definition and example (OR they can use their class textbook if they don’t have internet access). They will then apply their understanding of the principles in a color coded matching activity! FUN! TEACHER ANSWER KEY INCLUDED
What is Propaganda? Comparing Historic & Modern Day Propaganda Activity
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What is Propaganda? Comparing Historic & Modern Day Propaganda Activity

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You are purchasing everything you need to introduce your students to Propaganda by comparing WWI propaganda to modern day examples. Your students will: Be introduced to the definitions of propaganda, forms of, the purpose of propaganda and identify common propaganda techniques through a full color power-point and corresponding worksheet. Examine, analyze and compare historic (WWI era) and contemporary propaganda to draw conclusions about how propaganda techniques have changed over time through a series of nine full color slides that compare historic (WWI) era propaganda to a modern day example; corresponding student chart included. Create a unique piece of propaganda using any available media for a current issue. Step by step directions/ worksheet included for students. A grading rubric is included for teacher use.
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
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…
Protestant Reformation ~Student Simulation & Activities~
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Protestant Reformation ~Student Simulation & Activities~

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Great Introductory Activity for a Unit or lesson on the Protestant Reformation! This short student simulation and picture analysis activity really piques student interest in the topic- I use it as a lead in to the Reformation. During the short simulation your students will play the role of peasants living in the 1500’s under the authority of the Roman Catholic Church and will experience first-hand some of the corruption of the church during that time period. Your students will then complete a picture analysis that illustrates some of the corruption. My students love this lead- in to the unit! All materials, handouts, readings and teacher directions are included…
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.....
U.S. Government: Constitution Overview ~An Introductory Activity~
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U.S. Government: Constitution Overview ~An Introductory Activity~

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This 1 page activity is a fun introduction/ warm-up to the LAYOUT and CONTENTS of the U.S. Constitution before you dig deeper- Plus this lesson incorporates some basic math skills! Follow up this introductory activity with my product "U.S. Government: An Overview ~A Power-point & Student Activity~" located in my store.
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)