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|Social Studies Resources for Educators in Michigan|
Michigan Social Studies Collaborative - Lesson Plans based on GLCE and HSCE
SRESD shared links page:
Thinkfinity - http://www.thinkfinity.org/EducatorHome.aspx a search portal to educational resources from: Smithsonian’s History Explorer, Xpeditions (National Geographic Society, EconEdLink, EDSITEment, Illuminations, Literacy Network, ReadWriteThink, Science NetLinks and ARTSEDGE. Easily locate Interactives, Lesson Plans, Maps, Activities and Resources.
http://www.eduplace.com/state/mi/mi_links.html#link1 MI Kids contains a wealth of resources for kids, including information on the state, government, history, geography and sights.
http://www.smithsonianeducation.org/educators/ these are great resources matched to state standards for teachers.
Michigan Council of Social Studies Resources: Here you will find resources to aid in classroom instruction broken down by topic (Civics, Economics, Geography, History) http://www.mcssmi.org/resources.html?Itemid=56
http://micitizenshipcurriculum.net/ A collaborative curriculum project
http://www.cnn.com/studentnews/ Cnn latest student news in videocasts online
http://www.learner.org/ Annenbery video collection of teachers by content area and grade level teaching differentiated lessons in their classrooms. Great resources.
http://mi.learnport.org/ Log into a free account in LearnPort and click on the Resources tab to access NetTrekker. NetTrekker has wonderful content and grade level specific resources for teaching.
http://webquest.org/index.php - WebQuests are wonderful complete interactive lessons online. This is the WebQuest HomePage where you can search for your content specific areas and grade levels.
http://teachnology.com/ - Great site for lesson plans and web resources for content area teachers instructional unites by grade level
http://www2.scholastic.com/browse/lessonplans.jsp Great resources for teachers from Scholastic
http://www.kn.pacbell.com/wired/bluewebn/ Another great collection of lessonplans, rubrics, web sites for teachers, rated by teachers, for teaching
Mrs. Donn’s Lesson Plans & Activities: World History for K-12 teachers and students. Free PowerPoint Presentations. Ancient History, American History, World Geography, Eastern Hemisphere, Western Hemisphere, World Wars and More…
http://streaming.discoveryeducation.com/index.cfm United Streaming/Discovery online video library with articles, quizzes, images, and lesson plans for teachers (requires a login)
National Geographic site and was titled "Traveler Magazine’s Walks of a Lifetime." http://www.nationalgeographic.com/podcasts/walks.html
Colonial Williamsburg http://www.history.org/Media/podcasts.cfm
Today in History http://mattstodayinhistory.blogspot.com/
Great Speeches in History http://www.learnoutloud.com/Catalog/History/
Library of Congress http://www.loc.gov/
These selections of historical music were selected because of their relevance to American History.
We have two types of historical music: These are understood to be copyright free due to the age of the compositions.
Footnote http://www.footnote.com/index.php - Let’s make history together. A fantastic story telling from real sources in history.
Great Social Studies lesson plans for middle school and high school http://www.civicsinstitute.org/
World History for us all: offers a treasury of teaching units, lesson plans, and resources for teaching world history in middle and high schools. (Covers Big Eras 1-9) http://worldhistoryforusall.sdsu.edu/dev/default.htm
Our Documents" helps teach history with primary sources http://www.ourdocuments.gov/
Library of Congress "American Memories" scrapbooks and artifacts http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/
Michigan Teacher Network, Social Studies Standards and web resources http://mtn.merit.edu/social.html
Edsitement (marcopolo Humanities web site) http://edsitement.neh.gov/
Ancient History Adventures site (Award winning site) http://members.tripod.com/jaydambrosio/
The History Place - great variety of resources http://www.historyplace.com/
Kidipede is a site for children in fifth grade to eighth grade. They help middle school children and teenagers do research for their reports and understand their homework. They have student-friendly materials covering history in: North America, China, India, West Asia, Greece, Egypt, Africa, Rome, Islam, Germany, and the Middle Ages. There are helpful teacher guides, too. http://www.historyforkids.org/learn/northamerica/before1500/index.htm
TIME for Kids with great teachers resources http://www.timeforkids.com/TFK/
Core Democratic Values http://michiganepic.org/coredemocratic.html
Free Map and Social Studies Puzzle Games software (Medieval things too) http://www.yourchildlearns.com/owlmouse.htm
World History - The West and the World - Includes complete resources to teach the units, PowerPoint files, student handouts, Online Resources and more. http://www.markville.ss.yrdsb.edu.on.ca/history/west/west.html
The Civics Institute houses 27 instructional units for local and state government K-12. http://www.civicsinstitute.org/
U.S. Supreme Court - audio and text cases, information about the Justices, tour the court and much more. http://www.oyez.org/
U. S. Supreme Court arguments and rulings available online on the day they happen- Hear them! http://www.oyez.org/oyez/frontpage
Library of Congress Resources for educators: The American Memories Collections of Original Source documents, images, and lesson plans. http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/ndlpedu/index.html
American History To help us think, talk and teach about the rights and responsibilities of citizens in our democracy, we invite you to explore 100 milestone documents of American history. http://www.ourdocuments.gov/index.php?flash=true&
MI GLCE ideas for online SS resources & Web 2.0 tools
*Thanks to Marilyn Western for this list of activities
Maps for K-3
There are mini posters of maps for classroom use.
VoiceThread - students record themselves, posting a picture and recording their voice.
SlideStory Events of yesterday, today, tomorrow - history of local community, daily life in early Michigan, MI major economic activities, daily life in the colonies
Xtimeline and CircaVie Create events in your life, early Michigan history, battles in the Revolution
Blog, Wiki, Community Walk, Mindmap example Gr4-5 On the Trail of the First People
Using primary documents to search for clues and crack the case Gr. 6-8 Historical Scene Investigations
Gr 6+ Blog written from the point of view of an English soldier in WWI and posted exactly 90 years to the day
Create a series of articles written by students about cultures & traditions of families, community, or Mi natural resources, or the impact of humans on the environment, or regional differences in colonial life…
Google Earth is used to do the following activities:
Describe the World in Spatial Terms, Places and Regions, Human Systems, Environment and society example: Our City Podcast
Brainstorming purposes of govt., values and principles of democrary, structure and function of govt., roles of the citizen using:
Market economy, national economy, international economy using fundamental principls to understand - set up a wiki template, assign pages to groups, research different resources, businesses, etc. using some of the following:
Identify and analyze public issues, communicate persuasive positions, act constructively by posting a story about a time when…. and have students participate online using: