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econedlink ⇢


Funded by Thinkfinity, this site offers over 690 free internet-based resources for educators and students. Lesson are aligned with both national and state standards, and are available for grades K-12. 

Along with lesson plans, there are also sections for interactive tools, current events, a calendar, data resources, and weblinks.

April is National Financial Literacy Month- be sure to browse their collection of resources for this month!

Weekly Core Subject Resources from The Pursuit of Technology Integration Happiness ⇢

I’ve shared these before but can’t resist the urge to continue! Subject-based resources for everyone :)

National Geographic Education Beta ⇢

National Geographic has rolled out a great resource for science, social studies and geography teachers. There are lots of images and videos on this site, as well as activities and teaching resources. There’s not too much on there yet, but it might be a good thing to bookmark and check back later- they will continually be rolling out new parts of the site.

Thanks The Whiteboarding Blog for sharing this resource.

Weekly Core Subject Resources from The Pursuit of Technology Integration Happiness ⇢

This blog posts a list of resources categorized by subject (social studies, math, science, English) weekly. I recommend adding this blog to your RSS feed to get a nice dose of new resources regularly.

DESCRIBE Primary Source Strategy ⇢

From History Tech. Click through to read the rest and access a Word doc related to the activity.

There’s nothing like a great document. But it’s tough finding ways to use them with kids, especially those kids who always seem to struggle. The following strategy called DESCRIBE is based on work done by the Library of Congress. It’s designed to help kids activate background knowledge, understand key vocabulary and comprehend text.

And an added benefit? DESCRIBE helps all kids engage with primary sources but is specifically designed to help struggling learners.

Teacher Girl: A Self Portrait: Social Studies Websites ⇢


A fellow Tumblr teacher requested websites related to the Soviet Union collapse.

Below are websites I’ve collected that I consider to be “gems”:

Geography Assessment Idea from Larry Ferlazzo ⇢

The Sacramento Bee just published a series of photos titled Images of daily life around the world.

It got me thinking that a nice summative geography assessment might be to have students grab images off the web that they feel accurately represents an example of daily life in different countries they’ve studied and explain why they chose the image.

He goes on a little bit more in depth in the blog post (click through to read more- I didn’t want to copy the whole thing.) I think this is a great idea and I might use something similar as an end of the year activity with my students. With a lot of ideas I see around, I think this general concept could be applied to many classrooms.

Education is a highly personal process. Every decision that teachers make, whether we’re conscious that we’re making it or not, is loaded with bias. History, for example, contains a seemingly infinite set of people, events, and stories; the bias comes not necessarily in how the teacher presents selected events, but in the process of selecting which stories to tell. I don’t believe there’s anything wrong with being biased as a teacher. In fact, I don’t think there’s any way to teach authentically without bias. It’s when we surrender to the myth of objectivity that we do students a disservice.

- Steve Miranda, “The myth of objectivity” (via scudmissile)

Social Studies Gets the Short End of the Stick, Again ⇢

Chancellor Meryl Tisch and the New York State Board of Regents seemed determined to purge social studies and the study of history from the New York State elementary and middle school curriculum. First they dropped 5th and 8th grade social studies assessments for academic year 2010-2011 to help close a budget deficit.

Now, according to recommendations made by Deputy Commissioner Jon King, they want to integrate social studies and art into the England/Language Arts curriculum, which given testing pressure, means schools and students can kiss art and history goodbye.

Tisch and the Regents justify the attack of history and the social studies as part of their response to Race to the Top (the top of what is not clear). Because the federal government does not mandate history and social studies assessments and does not monitor the scores, New York is free to lower the standards in these areas to the level of Mississippi and Alabama — unless the public loudly protests.

The purge of history would also be extended to the high schools, where under the latest proposal, students would no longer be required to take standardized Regents assessments in global history and United States history. Instead, they could chose from a menu of exams that would allow them to avoid history altogether. In addition, they are proposing that districts and students be charged for tests, which will mean students opt to take fewer exams and fewer subjects.

What. This is so ridiculous.

It frustrates me that non-tested subjects are being ignored and marginalized (obviously this extends beyond social studies, but this will be my focus here). Interdisciplinary planning across language arts & social studies curriculum can assist in developing all of the skills that policymakers want to boost test scores in in testing language arts. I mean, we do read & write in social studies. Analyzing primary sources, recognizing and addressing bias, researching and writing essays…it is not merely about memorizing facts. I also truly believe we need social studies in today’s globalized society to create students that are aware and educated about the world around them and what created that world. Despite today’s culture of high stakes testing, I didn’t expect it to go this far.

Source: The Huffington Post




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