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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".
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…
US History/Great Depression: Life in the 20's and 30's Student Simulation
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US History/Great Depression: Life in the 20's and 30's Student Simulation

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Simulation Overview: In this 39 slide (power-point and handouts) simulation, students will experience the Roaring 20’s and the Depressing 30’s. They will understand the financial transition that families experienced during this time in history. Students will pretend that they are young adults living through the 20’s and 30’s and will be forced to make decisions for their families based upon the unforeseen events and choices that they encounter. The goal of the simulation is to maintain a budget and pay for all of life’s necessities in spite of the pit falls of the era. Some of these events that students will encounter include: stock market boom and bust, the risks of installment shopping, the move to a Hooverville, a visit to a Soup Kitchen, the closure of their bank, the Dust Bowl, working for the W.P.A (Works Progress Administration)the C.C.C and MORE! Students will experience life in the 20’s and 30’s in a fun, hands-on and memorable activity! After the simulation, students will reflect on their experience in a short EXIT CARD/Assessment task. All power-point slides, handouts, props, student worksheets and STEP-BY-STEP Teacher 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.
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
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.
Economics: Shark Tank  ~ You Can Be an Entrepreneur Student Activity ~
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Economics: Shark Tank ~ You Can Be an Entrepreneur Student Activity ~

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In this 12 page activity, students will watch several pitches from Shark Tank and complete a corresponding worksheet (video link and QR Code included), briefly review the Factors of Production and Role of an entrepreneur, Brainstorm ideas for their own product or service using guided questions, follow a set of prompts to create a short 2-4 minute "pitch" (Shark Tank Show style) on their product or service and will be graded by their peers (the Sharks) using an INCLUDED- easy to use Rubric! Fun Activity! My students have had a blast with this activity! (All materials, handouts and rubrics are included- just print and teach!)
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. Economics: Market Structures Class Activity
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U.S. Economics: Market Structures Class Activity

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In this 22 page packet, you have everything you need to conduct a lesson on the 4 Market Structures: Perfect Competition, Monopolistic Competition, Oligopoly, and Monopoly. In this lesson your students will: Complete a short 10 minute warm-up activity in which they watch a Free Public Access video on the internet and write down the basic characteristics of each market structure. Complete basic notes on a graphic organizer that defines the characteristics of Market Structures. (worksheet and power-point slide included) Complete a chart which compares the 4 market structures. Students will complete this chart as they “act-out” each market structure. (chart, Step-by-step teacher directions are included) *This activity is very interactive and “hands-on”. All worksheets, power-point slides and teacher directions are included. ANSWER KEYS INCLUDED.
U.S. History: Gilded Age-Robber Barons or Captains of Industry Document Based Activity
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U.S. History: Gilded Age-Robber Barons or Captains of Industry Document Based Activity

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This is a 12 page document based activity for the Gilded Age Unit. Students will work independently or in pairs/groups to: Read a short 1 paragraph biography about Carnegie, Rockefeller & J.P. Morgan. Read approximately 8 Primary Source Document excerpts and examine 2 political cartoons. (sources included: Carnegie’s “Wealth”, Ida Tarbell “The History of Standard Oil”, Sherman Anti-Trust Act, Political Cartoon “Teddy Roosevelt’s with Trusts” and MORE…) While reading the primary sources, students will fill in a graphic organizer that guides student understanding of the overall question: “Were Andrew Carnegie, John D. Rockefeller, and JP Morgan- Captains of Industry or Robber Barons?” Once graphic organizer is complete students are asked to answer the overall question to assess their understanding of the documents. ALL MATERIALS NEEDED FOR THIS ACTIVITY ARE INCLUDED
Mayan Life: ~ A Primary Source Jigsaw Activity ~
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Mayan Life: ~ A Primary Source Jigsaw Activity ~

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In this 11 page packet, your students have everything they need to complete a Primary Source Jigsaw Activity about Mayan Life using excerpts from the recollections of Diego de Landa, a Spanish priest living among the Maya in 1562. Aspects of Mayan life addressed are: Land of the Maya, Agriculture, Fashion, Social Structure, Food, Entertainment, Religion and Mayan reaction to Spanish arrival. Your students will: 1) Work in groups to read a 1 page primary source reading about a particular aspect of Mayan life. 2) In their groups they will answer their assigned discussion questions and record their answers on a graphic organizer. 3) Move to different groups where 1 person from each Reading Group will be present to “teach” the rest of their group about their topic. 4) Complete an Exit Card Activity so that their learning can be individually assessed. **All Materials are included. Teacher Step- by- Step Directions 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: 1) Read a short 1 page introduction that explains what a Totalitarian state is and how it runs. (Included) 2) Use the information in the reading to fill in 1 section of their graphic organizer. (Included) 3) 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...) 4) 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)
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…
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.
Middle Ages: Black Death Primary Source Student Activity
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Middle Ages: Black Death Primary Source Student Activity

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In this 4 page activity, students will read several primary source excerpts that will give them a deeper insight into the Black Death (Bubonic plague) in 14th century Europe. This is a great introductory lesson to use before a lecture on the Black Death or as a follow-up homework assignment. In this activity, students will: 1) Read primary source excerpts from survivors and witnesses of the Black Death. 2) Answer critical thinking questions provided either orally or on paper (teacher choice) 3) Complete an EXIT CARD/ASSESSMENT activity in which students describe the Black Death using evidence from the primary sources provided from a unique perspective. CREATIVE ACTIVITY! All materials, questions, and student handouts are provided.
Middle Ages: What was life like in a monastery? Document Based Activity
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Middle Ages: What was life like in a monastery? Document Based Activity

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This 4 page activity packet contains everything your students need to complete a Document Based Activity (using a primary source) on life as a monk in a monastery during the Middle Ages. This is a great front-loader or supplement assignment for your class to complete as classwork or homework. Students will read several short, primary source excerpts written by St. Benedict, answer comprehension questions about each excerpt, (to understand life in a monastery) and then will use what they have learned to complete a sensory figure of a monk
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: 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)
Primary Source Analysis Graphic Organizer
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Primary Source Analysis Graphic Organizer

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This Graphic Organizer is a great resource for students to be given prior to analyzing any primary source (document, cartoon, article etc.). Students learn to analyze a source using the SAME 4 step process outlined in this organizer until they can analyze a source without the aid. I give it to my students to keep in their notebooks and they reuse it over and over the entire year. NOTE: only half of the organizer is shown for PREVIEW purposes. Once you buy the organizer you will be purchasing a copy of the 100% complete FULL PAGE organizer.
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.