Collections of ideas and resources originating from Pinterest compiled during “Social Studies Week”. Each resource comes with a short description and a link to the original source for further investigation. Some resources have an additional section where I provide further ideas on how to use the resource. Use the links below to access each collection:
The Idea of America: Reflections on the Birth of the United States: This book by Gordon S. Wood is a collection of 11 essays analyzing the American Revolution, The making of the Constitution, and the early years of the Republic. This book can provide new insight for history teachers and/or can be used in a high school classroom.
Wangari Maathai: The Woman Who Planted Millions of Trees: “Wangari Maathai received the Nobel Peace Prize in 2004 for her efforts to lead women in a nonviolent struggle to bring peace and democracy to Africa through its reforestation. Her organization planted over thirty million trees in thirty years. This beautiful picture book tells the story of an amazing woman and an inspiring idea.” (Goodreads)
Virtual Tours on Google Earth (tutorial): A demonstration of one of the many tools on Google Earth that can help your lessons come alive.
Strata: Portraits of Humanity: “Strata: Portraits of Humanity is a monthly half-hour newsmagazine-style show. Each episode of the human story is a portrait building on the many layers of the human experience. This is a record we are just beginning to uncover. From that perspective, Strata delivers in-depth coverage of a wide variety of archaeological and cultural heritage topics all around the world.”
Mr. Beat’s Social Studies Channel: This social studies channel has a lot of simple and fun videos about different social studies topics. “Mr. Beat is a teacher who makes educational videos about social studies and attempts to incorporate music into almost every lesson he creates. He has written songs about all of the Presidents and has created music videos for all of them.”
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