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I am a 7th and 8th grade middle school social studies teacher. My favorite subjects to study in history are World War 1, The Great Depression and World War 2.

I am a 7th and 8th grade middle school social studies teacher. My favorite subjects to study in history are World War 1, The Great Depression and World War 2.
Manifest Destiny-US History-with powerpoints
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Manifest Destiny-US History-with powerpoints

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The activity provide four primary documents that students must analyze on an accompanying worksheet. Students are analyzing what influential and common people of the United States so passionately believed in Manifest Destiny. Powerpoinst also included: California Gold Rush and Texas Independence and Mexican American War Total Pages 4 Teaching Duration 70 Minutes
Selma 2014-Video Guide and Essay questions
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Selma 2014-Video Guide and Essay questions

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"Give Us the Ballot, We Will Transform the South" This video guide will demand students use their critical thinking and writing skills to look at the perspectives of key figures in African American's quest for the right to vote. Included is essay questions as well as video questions that follow the movie.
The Men Who Built America Video Guide
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The Men Who Built America Video Guide

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This video guide will explore how Carnegie, JP Morgan, Edison, Rockefeller and Henry Ford built and transformed the United States into a World Power. Students will watch both episode 7 and 8. Links are provided for the videos. The first video is a short clip on the traits of successful leaders and the vision that they had for America The second video reviews their rise to prominence. The third video discusses Henry Ford, the end to their monopolies and the ushering progressive era and workers rights. Total Pages 4 Teaching Duration 2 hours
The Prisoner's dilemma and Game Theory
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The Prisoner's dilemma and Game Theory

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Students will study the Prisoner's dilemma and how it relates to economics, psychology and the modern day world. Students will watch exciting videos (clips from the British game show golden balls), answer critical thinking questions and play an exciting interactive game that will sure to get everyone in the class involved! This activity is for students age 14 to college. DefinitionThe prisoner's dilemma is a standard example of a game analyzed in game theory that shows why two completely "rational" individuals might not cooperate, even if it appears that it is in their best interests to do so. It was originally framed by Merrill Flood and Melvin Dresher working at RAND in 1950. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prisoner%27s_dilemma
Roaring 20's through the Great Depression
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Roaring 20's through the Great Depression

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1.Roaring 20's/causes of Great Depression Powerpoint PowerPoint discusses the culture of the 1920's and the causes of the Great Depression. Includes videos Bank Run, Great Depression etc... 2.1920's research project This is a highly interactive project based learning activity that allows students to research and explore important events and the culture of the 1920's. Students have the opportunity to explore one of 14 different topics of the 1920's and become experts on that particular topic. Involves subjects such as: crime, sports, fashion, entertainment etc.... Total Pages-2 Teaching Duration-3 Days 3.Dust Bowl Powerpoint/Grapes of Wrath video guide This Powerpoint discusses the Dustbowl that swept across middle America in the 1930's and it's repercussions. It also discusses modern day dust bowls and it's effect. Has videos and links Also included: Grapes of Wrath video link with video guide. Great to use when talking about the Great Depression. 3 hours in length if video is included. Total Pages-6 Teaching Duration:3 hours Vocabulary and notes on the 1920's are also included
Back to school activities 6-10th grade
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Back to school activities 6-10th grade

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Get students excited to come back to school! I used these activities for my 7th and 8th grade social studies class. However they are good for any subject. First day of school-Get kids engaged and excited! This PowerPoint outline will get your students excited for learning during the upcoming year! It provides help with introducing yourself, classroom procedures and preparing students to get pumped for the upcoming school year! There are interactive games, a video, icebreaking activities and team building projects that will help students collaborate and learn about each other. Teaching Duration-2 days Inspiring Students to make goals! Powerpoint and reflection- This bundle will inspire students to reach their goals! Included is a PowerPoint with videos and a plethora of critical thinking questions. Also included is an interactive 2.5 page worksheet that helps students examine and reflect what goals they need to have for a successful future. This is not a lecture! Teaching Duration-1 day Who is the greatest Superhero Project- Students will research, explain and present who they believe is the greatest Sup hero/Supervillain of all time. Great back to school activity to get your class engaged and excited for the upcoming school year! Comes with 7 questions and website resources for students to find information. Total Pages-2 Teaching Duration-3 Days Desert Island- Why is government and law important? For this interactive group project, students will examine why government and laws are important to creating a functioning society. Students will use critical thinking skills to answers questions why government is important and well as watch videos on examples of anarchy. Students will also participate in a two day project in which they will establish their own laws for a fictional country. Total Pages 5 Teaching Duration-2 days
Create your own Meme: History, English
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Create your own Meme: History, English

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Students will look up an adjective or verb that can be used to describe a positive characteristic that has been displayed in history. Students will be researching examples in history and will be drawing a poster to illustrate what this word means. There are also a series of questions students need to answer on the back of their paper. This is an excellent back to school project! Total Pages-2 Teaching Duration- 90 Minutes
Cold War Project
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Cold War Project

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Students will have an opportunity to choose from 14 major events of the Cold War. They will research the event and it's consequences during this hostile and politically charged period . Provided are instructions for their presentation, a rubric and online links to help students gather information for their project. For my 8th grade students I gave them 2 to 2.5 hours to research, create and practice their presentation. I then had students take notes on why each event was significant. -Your students will need technology for this assignment -I would suggest you have students do this in pairs and that you assign them topics. -Make sure you check for understanding and preview what students said was significant.
Modern Events Research Project
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Modern Events Research Project

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Students will have opportunity to choose and research one of 13 important events that have occurred over the last 25 years in the United States and the World. Examples: September 11th, Dot.com boom, Great Recession. Students will be analyzing the impact and the ramifications these events had on they had on history. For my 8th grade class I gave them 2.5 hours of class time to research and create a presentation, I then had students introduce and present their topic to the class. In total the project took about 3.5 hours of class time. Provided in this project outline with guided questions and a grading rubric.
Reagan and Kennedy at the Berlin Wall
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Reagan and Kennedy at the Berlin Wall

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Students will investigate the construction and fall of the Berlin Wall as well as comparing and contrasting speeches by both President Kennedy and President Reagan made at the Berlin Wall. There are links for the videos they will be watching as well as a 2 page worksheet. Total Pages 3 Teaching Duration 45 Minutes
election 2016/which political party are you/ the psychology of choosing leaders
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election 2016/which political party are you/ the psychology of choosing leaders

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In the is activity students will study and explore which candidate for President they most identify with. Students will take a series of online tests to discover where they stand on the issues, the candidate who is the closest to matching their political ideology and which political party platform is most congruent with their beliefs. Students will also read and answer what it takes to be a great President and the characteristics that defined great Presidents of the past. Also included is an activity that explores how physical characteristics of men and women can influence voters and why men may have an evolutionary advantage in politics. The activity explores how men and women have different leadership styles.
Inventions that transformed the World
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Inventions that transformed the World

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Inventions that transformed the World Students will study seven key inventions and innovations that occurred during the Industrial Revolution and research how the innovations transformed world. Following their research, students will rate the inventions in terms of importance 1-7. Students are to do this after researching each of the inventions. Students will need technology for this assignment. There are online links and resources provided to aid students in their research. activity time: 45 minutes
WW1 unit bundle
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WW1 unit bundle

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This bundle has 7 activities for your students to do. The total allotted time I gave my 7th graders to complete all these activities was 12 days in class. WW1 technology project: Students for this project will be researching the new technological advancements that were used during the first World War. Students will pretend to be a war profiteer/salesman trying to pitch your weapon to the nations fighting in Europe. Their goal is persuade (classmates who are the leaders of Europe and the USA) that your weapon will be instrumental to winning the war. There is a list of 18 weapons and technological advancements for students to research, along with online links to aid in their research. WW1 timeline interactive activity Students will create their own timeline on this website, or they can create it on a sheet of paper. For the assignment they need to: There are 23 Events that student need to be covered in your timeline. For the timeline they need to label the date (month/year) it took place, the event and in 1-3 sentences explain what happened or why it was significant. You need to insert and least 7 pictures on your timeline. There are excellent website resources that will provide the students the information to complete this project. Total Pages-2 World War 1 Map Project- Map, web quest This project is great to introduce your students to World War 1, help them gain background knowledge and to generate excitement about your upcoming unit. To do this project, students will need access to an electronic device with the internet The Bundle contains: 1. Blank Map of Europe for students to fill out 2. Places on the Map that are geography and WW1 related. eg: Bodies of Water, Eastern Front, Western Front, Naval Blockades, Schlieffen Plan, Battle of Somme, Battle of Gallipoli etc.. 3. Online Resource links to assist them in finding answers. 4. A Web quest with six questions regarding WW1 Total Pages-5 Teaching Duration-2 hours Influenza epidemic Video guide: educates students about the origins of the Influenza virus is, what a pandemic is and the threat of a future World-wide outbreak. Web quest: Students will research how the public reacted and how the pandemic was treated. There are also links for how your state reacted. Project: After students have done the following activities, they will asked to write a newspaper article through the lens as if they were living in 1918. Or they can choose to be a historian and write an essay about what we know today about the pandemic in 1918. Links are provided throughout the assignment, just click on them. Project is on the 4th page Propaganda Project: Students create propaganda posters to encourage patriotism and to help fight the enemy Video guide-This video guide discussed the end of WW1
Civil Rights bundle
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Civil Rights bundle

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1. Reparations Students will discuss if African American’s should be given reparations (repaid) for past slavery and discriminated. There are online resources available to help students with their research. 2. Affirmative action and Free Speech This worksheet discusses affirmative action and should Americans, even extremist groups (KKK, neo-nazis) have freedom of speech. This great for Socratic seminars. Has online resources to help students answer questions 3.Busing The worksheet with the video included discusses busing issue that occurred in the 1970's in Boston. Students will examine the perspectives of African Americans, whites and the elected leaders involved.
Bell Ringers-Social Studies-start the day off right
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Bell Ringers-Social Studies-start the day off right

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These bell ringers/ bell work/ class starters are an excellent way to motivate your students for the upcoming lesson, manage your classroom, and assess student comprehension. These bell ringer prompts allow you to smoothly transition into your lesson. A majority of the bell ringer questions also have projects and activities or video links that accompany the question (some are free, some are paid). In this bundle there are over 210 prompt ideas addressing many different topics that you can give to your class! I used these questions everyday to Segway into my history lesson that day. These Bell ringer questions are geared towards students from 7th to 10th grade. Topics: Getting pumped for the upcoming school year Introducing Social Studies American Revolution US Constitution/Bill of Rights/making laws US Civil War Imperialism Industrial Revolution Progressive movement-immigration women and workers rights World War 1 1920's Great Depression World War 2 Cold War The Modern World-1990 to today Politics Finance Psychology technology
Jim Crow vs. Apartheid and Color of Friendship video guides/Essay
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Jim Crow vs. Apartheid and Color of Friendship video guides/Essay

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These two video guides will help students compare and contrast the similarities of Apartheid laws in South Africa and Jim Crow laws in the Southern United States. I used these to finish up my 8th grade Civil Rights unit. I have provided links to both videos. The Color of Friendship is on google play. 1. The first video guide goes into detail about apartheid in South Africa and briefly reviews Jim Crow laws in the South 2. The second video guide follows a Disney movie titled: The Color of Friendship. This is a film about a relationship between a white South African girl and a African American girl. The film is based on actual events. At the end of this unit students can write an essay on the similarities and differences of Jim Crow laws and Apartheid. They can do a compare and contrast diagram and label the following: Jim Crow Apartheid Summary Timeline Classifications Location Examples of Segregation Overturned Total Pages-4 Teaching Duration-3 hours
Civil War Project: Battles and New Technology
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Civil War Project: Battles and New Technology

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In groups of three or four, students will study a pivotal Civil War battle and technology that made the Civil War one of the first modern war. There are 10 key battles and new technologies that students can select from. There are three roles in this project: Historian, Artist and Thespian. The Historian will study the battle and answer 10 questions relating the the battle. They should put this on a powerpoint presentation or a Prezi. The Artist will draw an overhead view of the battle, so students can have a visual of the battle that occurred. Make sure they include arrows and directions for troop movement. The Thespian is in charge of creating a 45 second play of the battle as well as studying the technology. Recommended-Students will need technology for this project.