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

All things Social Studies...and some other fun stuff!
ECONOMICS: Personal Finance, Money Management & Creating a Budget
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ECONOMICS: Personal Finance, Money Management & Creating a Budget

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In this personal finance activity, students will examine their current personal money management habits and create a personal budget. After asking some life questions about their finances, students will assess their personal income, create a budget, and reflect on how they can improve their financial well-being. This super-practical activity for students can truly impact the rest of their lives. Enjoy this lesson and thank you so much for your comments and ratings! What's Included: - Teacher directions with an anticipatory set activity - 10 questions regarding personal finances for teacher to ask the class - Two page student handout guiding students through their personal incomes and expenses - A chart for students to graph out where their money is going - Reflection questions for students
ECONOMICS: Opportunity Cost Scenarios Lesson
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ECONOMICS: Opportunity Cost Scenarios Lesson

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This is an economics reinforcement activity on costs, benefits and opportunity cost. Students will evaluate the costs and benefits in given scenarios in order to make the best decision. Students will also be able to recognize the opportunity cost (the opportunity that was given up) in the decision being made. Opportunity cost is a great way to help students understand decision making. Each of us are making decisions and choices all the time. Every time we say yes to something, we are saying no to something else. This is the concept of opportunity cost. Example: - It’s Monday night and you have 3 options. 1. Study for your big social studies test tomorrow (you are almost failing this class). 2. Play the new video game with all your friends. 3. Watch the primetime sporting event featuring your favorite team. Students will list the costs and benefits of each scenario, the decision made and the opportunity cost or value given up because of the decision. Students will also create their own scenarios listing out all costs, benefits and opportunity costs.
LIFE SURVEY: Stress, Health, Wellness & Life Assessment
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LIFE SURVEY: Stress, Health, Wellness & Life Assessment

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Great for any Psychology or Health class, students will take a self-reflective survey regarding their own mental health, physical health, personal life, and more. Answering 6 questions each in 8 areas of their lives, students will complete a total of 48 questions. With the results, students will map out their scores on the included "Wheel of Life." This wheel is a great visual to see how their life is "rolling along." This life assessment survey is a great way for students to assess where they are at in life, give them encouragement where they are succeeding, and shed a light on areas for improvement. Stress, health, and life are all measured in this activity. As a teachers, you may even want to fill it out yourself. I know I do from time to time. This may be used in any health or psychology class. I use this during my Stress, Health & Disorders unit within my Psychology classes. Download the preview for a sample look at the questions and format. Enjoy this life changing lesson and thank you so much for your comments and ratings. What's Included: - 4 worksheets of 12 questions each (48 total questions) - 6 questions on Physical Health - 6 questions on Mental Health - 6 questions on Spiritual Health - 6 questions on Financial Health - 6 questions on Family Health - 6 questions on Social/Relationship Health - 6 questions on Time/Productivity Health - 6 questions on Lifestyle Health - 1 worksheet with the "Wheel of life" to map out results - Reflection questions for students to complete and discuss: How is your life is rolling along? What areas are going well? What areas are flat and need improvement? Like any wheel, what areas need attention and some extra maintenance? What practical items need to be addressed?
STUDENT GOALS: A Template for setting academic or personal goals
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STUDENT GOALS: A Template for setting academic or personal goals

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Overview From leadership gurus to accomplished CEO’s, setting goals is a proven lifestyle practice of the most successful. If you don’t know where you want to go, how can you even get there? If you don’t know where the target is, how do you know where to aim? This concept is true for student achievement as well. As teachers, we are always looking to help our students maximize their potential and this STUDENT GOALS resource will bring the proven goal setting process into the classroom. What’s Included? Students will take initiative in their own goal setting by completing the given goals worksheet. Once completed, you the teacher will now have a platform to discuss with the student their goals for the class and the appropriate target to aim for. This Student Goals resource includes two different versions. One version has pre-made questions such as “What grade do I want to achieve in this class?” The second version is an open template with four slots for you or your students to create custom goals. Use whichever version fits your needs best. I like to use this resource at the start of my classes as students have the best intentions during the first days of any course. I know this will be a great accountability resource to help keep your students motivated, participating, and achieving their highest potential. I find that students who take ownership in drafting and signing their own goals, will perform at a greater level than a teacher just telling them to do better. I am excited for your students to grow in their potential with this STUDENT GOALS resource!
Psychology: Defense Mechanisms & Avoiding Stress
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Psychology: Defense Mechanisms & Avoiding Stress

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Teach your psychology class about defense mechanisms with this content-rich, mini lesson. Sigmund Freud believed that in order to deal with conflict in life, an individual’s ego puts up various defense mechanisms to ward off undesired stress. So what are the various tactics that we as individuals use to avoid conflict and undesired scenarios? This lessons is definitely “on-point” and will give your class the important understandings of the 8 major defense mechanisms. The best part is that there is no prep for you, except downloading and printing! Enjoy and if you have time, I’d appreciate your feedback and rating! What’s Included: • Step by step guide in how to conduct and lead this mini-lesson. • A link to an online text for students to read about the various defense mechanisms • PowerPoint set of notes for whole group instruction that includes a definition and example of the 8 major defense mechanisms. • Follow up activity for student engagement and reinforcement. • 16 question worksheet to use for assessing student understanding. This worksheet has 16 different scenarios that students will have to match with the appropriate defense mechanism. (For example: _________ After he is disciplined by his parents, Mikey tends to bully and tease his younger brother and sister.) Answer key is included. The 8 defense mechanisms studied are: denial, regression, repression, sublimation, reaction formation, rationalization, projection, and displacement.