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All things Social Studies...and some other fun stuff!

All things Social Studies...and some other fun stuff!
DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE: Primary Source Analysis
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DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE: Primary Source Analysis

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This lesson will help students better understand one of the most important documents of all time: The Declaration of Independence. After becoming familiar with the Declaration from your textbook or another source, students will be given this series of excerpts and questions. Though Thomas Jefferson's Declaration can be difficult to understand for some, this worksheet is a great overall, big-picture, way to study such an important document without becoming overwhelmed. The Declaration is really just a big "break-up letter" from the colonists to the King. After referring to the primary source in our text book, along with the provided discussion questions in this lesson, this has been a concise way for my students to best understand the Declaration of Independence. Download the preview to see what this lesson looks like. An answer key is included. A copy of the Declaration of Independence is not included.
CONSTITUTION: The Articles Primary Source Analysis
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CONSTITUTION: The Articles Primary Source Analysis

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This is a great way to study and know the information contained within the United States Constitution. To better understand the layout and information within the United States Constitution, students will read through the original 7 Articles of this primary source document and find the main ideas. This is a nice addition to Constitution Day or your existing unit on the Constitution. Don't be afraid to have your students study this great document. One of the most influential documents of all time, the Founding Fathers kept this document short, and at an 8th grade reading level so the average citizen of the late 1700's could understand their own government. Students may grumble at first when talking about the Constitution, but using this "user-friendly" guide to understanding this great document, students will have a sense of accomplishment and patriotism when completed. I believe you and your students will benefit with this practical, do-able series of worksheets for your classroom. What's Included: - Worksheet #1 - 20 questions about Article I. - Worksheet #2 - 14 questions about Article II. - Worksheet #3 - 12 questions about Article III. - Worksheet #4 - 14 questions about Articles IV-VII. - Answer keys are included for all worksheets. A copy of the U.S. Constitution is not included in this product. You will want to use the Constitution found in the textbook or another source. This has proven to be one of the best ways for my students to comprehend the information and layout of the U.S. Constitution. For an even quicker overview of the Constitution, and all 27 amendments, you might enjoy Constitution: Scavenger Hunt, Primary Source.
ECONOMICS: Create a Currency and Money Activity
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ECONOMICS: Create a Currency and Money Activity

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Students are in charge of designing new currency for a current nation or a fictitious country of their own. The currency will need to be detailed, creative, not able to be counterfeited, and meet the six characteristics of money as outlined in the student directions. What's Included: - Student directions including the 6 characteristics of money - Explanation of visual representation and written description of their currency - 10 specific details must be met (i.e. - symbols, anti-counterfeit characteristics, denominations.....) - Detailed grading rubric for the teacher
Create A Crossword Puzzle: Vocabulary Review
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Create A Crossword Puzzle: Vocabulary Review

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Create A Crossword Puzzle is a great way to review or summarize information by having students create their own crossword puzzles. Students will receive the worksheet templates to create a crossword puzzle for the class by using the major terms, people, or places studied during the chapter or unit. Teachers may choose the best student crossword and distribute it to the class, or students can swap crosswords with each other. As a creative means for learning, this activity allows students to "secretly" help create an assignment, or a center activity, for the teacher. No computers or internet connectivity required.
Roles of the President: A day in the life of the Executive Branch
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Roles of the President: A day in the life of the Executive Branch

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What does the President of the United States do anyway? Throughout the day, the President wears many hats and is responsible for many different roles within the Executive Branch. This engaging mini-lesson is an excellent way for students to comprehend all roles played by the President. "Roles of the President" is an engaging resource for any unit that studies the President or the Executive Branch. The 7 roles studied include: Chief Executive, Chief Diplomat, Commander in Chief, Party Chief, Economic Chief, Legislative Leader, & Head of State. What's Included: - Complete set of instructional directions for the teacher - Two page student reading that explains the seven major roles played by the President. Each role has a summary explanation along with several specific examples - Directions for skits as students will explain each role through acting out scenarios - Assessment of 14 questions that reads like story explaining a day in the life of the President. As the story reads, scenarios are underlined and students must identify what role is being played by the President. • Example: "...After being briefed on the news, the President receives an urgent call from the King of Saudi Arabia to discuss plans for the upcoming peace summit involving many Middle Eastern countries...." - Students will identify which of the 7 presidential roles is being played.
DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE: Texting Style Primary Source Summary
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DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE: Texting Style Primary Source Summary

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The Declaration of Independence was really a big "break-up" letter written by Thomas Jefferson and the colonists to the King of Great Britain. This historical document was written to convince the world of the King's abuses and let everyone know that the colonies no longer want to be in a relationship with Great Britain. After studying the Declaration of Independence, students will use this assignment as a reinforcement to understand just what Jefferson wrote in this historical document. By texting back and forth, it's a fun way to understand the "big idea" behind the Declaration of Independence.
CONSTITUTION SCAVENGER HUNT: A Primary Source Analysis
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CONSTITUTION SCAVENGER HUNT: A Primary Source Analysis

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To better understand the basic information within the United States Constitution, students will browse through the Constitution and find the main ideas about the 7 Articles and the 27 Amendments. Included are 17 questions about the articles, and 27 questions about the amendments. All questions (except for one) will be answered with a number. This is a great way to introduce, study, or review the United States Constitution for your Constitution unit or a Constitution Day activity. You may even want to group your students and make this into a competition or race. Whatever method you use, your students will certainly gain a better understanding of the facts and layout of the U.S. Constitution. Examples of questions include: - Which article explains the Judicial Branch and our court systems? - According to Article II, how old must you be to become President? - This amendment outlaws slavery. - This amendment gives women the right to vote? - And more..... Answer keys are included. A copy of the U.S. Constitution is not included in this product. You will want to use the Constitution found in the textbook or another source. This "Constitution: Scavenger Hunt" product can be used for studying just the Articles (Original Constitution), just the Amendments, or both for a broad overview. This has proven to be one of the best ways for my students to comprehend the information and layout of the U.S. Constitution. In addition, I also use Constitution: The Articles, Primary Source in my unit on the Constitution. Enjoy, and thank you for your comments and ratings!
CLASSONOMICS: A Classroom Economy & Economics Simulation
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CLASSONOMICS: A Classroom Economy & Economics Simulation

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Create your very own economics classroom economy with this CLA$$ONOMIC$ activity simulation. Students love the chance to be an entrepreneur by owning items in the classroom, charging students usage fees, and having opportunities to make money by applying for classroom jobs. This economic simulation will help reinforce various economic concepts that are already being studied within your economics, government or math classes. CLA$$ONOMIC$ has been such a great tool in helping students understand real-world scenarios such as credits, debits, rental costs, ownership, and more. It even helps improve student’s math skills. Economic concepts experienced in this simulation include: capitalism, entrepreneurship, ownership, supply, demand, scarcity, addition, subtraction, scarcity, costs, benefits, and other market economic principles. CLA$$ONOMIC$ is meant to run alongside your current classroom curriculum and procedures. This activity will not replace any lessons, rather it will only enhance your current instructional materials. I know you and your students will come to love CLA$$ONOMIC$ as it is a highlight for my students. Thanks for your comments and ratings! Enjoy! What’s Included: - Detailed teacher instructions - Student instruction handout - Job application forms - Ownership application forms - Police officer log - Classroom fines and offenses form - Student grand totals form - Student transaction log form - Teacher documentation forms to keep track of all aspects - Sample examples are included for all aspects of the simulation to help understand how the simulation works.
CURRENT EVENTS: News Article Summary & Analysis Template
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CURRENT EVENTS: News Article Summary & Analysis Template

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This Current Events Summary is an excellent tool for students to get involved with the news and the current events of the week. A simple writing format helps students find, summarize, and write opinions about current news stories and current events. I find this activity to be a practical filler for various social studies courses. Included: - Student directions: Find, Highlight, Summarize, Importance, Opinion - Student writing form (2 pages) - Grading rubric
WASHINGTON DC: Government History Project
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WASHINGTON DC: Government History Project

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Can't take your class to Washington DC? This lesson is the solution to getting your students to our Nation's Capital without spending a dime. As tour guides, students will study various attractions and present their findings to the class in the form of a presentation. These various "tours" will bring the entire class around to the major attractions of Washington DC. This student-led, virtual class field trip will help your students learn about the major sites of our nation's Capital. Student directions and grading rubric are included. Travel. Learn. Experience. Enjoy!
50 United States and Capitals MEGA Pack of Resources
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50 United States and Capitals MEGA Pack of Resources

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Help your students know all of the States and Capitals of the United States with this huge, MEGA Pack of resources. Crossword puzzle, word search, test blanks, word bank, and so many more options are included in this MEGA Pack! You will even get a Mini-Research project template for students to research their favorite state, as well as a creative writing template. Whether it be for a civics unit, classroom centers, or emergency sub-plans, this pack has you covered! Your students will love learning all of the 50 States and Capitals as a whole or in regions! What's Included: - States Test form - Capitals Test form - Modified versions of each test - Capitals crossword puzzle - Blank study maps and list - Word banks for each test - States by region or as a whole - Mini-Research template on a state of choice - Creative writing template - Over 20 pages of states & capitals resources