Category Archives: Social Studies Themes

Memorial Day Activities

Memorial Day gives us all a chance to remember and think about those who serve and protect us in some of the most horrific conditions imaginable.  Much of the time they are thousands of miles away from home, family, and … Continue reading

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Christmas Stockings

Here’s a simple, fun, and educational  activity for your kiddos.  Students learn some of the common design elements of the Pennsylvania Dutch style, and use the information to create a cut-and-paste Christmas stocking.  Directions, tracers, and background information are all … Continue reading

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The Power of REAL

I learned about the power that REAL learning can have on motivating students during my Master’s Degree training and later experiences with my own students. I started my Master’s Degree in Special Education after I had been teaching elementary school … Continue reading

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Egypt: Lesson Accommodations

For the next few weeks I’m going to share some lessons which I’ve used with groups of students of widely varying ability and achievement levels. Since I teach thematically (no matter what grade or type of class I may be … Continue reading

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All About Me–Writing Lesson Plans

For the next few weeks I’m going to share some lessons which I’ve used with groups of students of widely varying ability and achievement levels. Since I teach thematically (no matter what grade or type of class I may be … Continue reading

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Inquiry, Project Based Learning

I have always found children learn better, faster, deeper, and stronger when they do stuff, real stuff. Curiosity, interest, desire, and control are the bedrock upon which true learning grows. Children who build, create, construct, and design in order to … Continue reading

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The Golden Rule

I love the Golden Rule.   It has been a standard of behavior in societies around the world for thousands of years, and I think it makes a complex idea fairly concrete, providing a good basis for discussing empathy and compassion with … Continue reading

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May Day Flowers

Just in time for May First, Mother’s Day, and all those blooming flowers during the month of May—here comes May Day Flowers, a language arts thematic unit that will immerse your children in the history of European May Day celebrations, … Continue reading

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Colonial America Natural Resources–Magnetic and Flannel Board Materials

I love flannel and magnetic board materials.  I’ve used them for LOTS of things.  Here’s a set of Magnetic Flannel Board pieces of resources used by the early American colonists.  Set them out for center play, group activities, and story telling.  … Continue reading

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Martin Luther King, Jr.

I always loved “spending time” with my students and Dr. King.  There’s something about him that really resonates with children, even young ones.  There are so many things I never knew anything about as a child that were important for … Continue reading

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