Social Studies

Social Studies (X) - Elementary (X) - Professional Development (X)

Urban Planner

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A professor and graduate student talk about the use of math and technology in city planning.

Printmaking Like Rhonda J. Smith

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Teach students the skills used by printmakers as they create their own art in the style of Rhonda J. Smith.

Working with Scale

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In this video segment from Teaching Earth and Space Science, eighth-grade teacher Mark Goldner discusses the importance of having his students understand scale models and maps He creates a physical model of the sizes and distances of planets in the solar system, and his students make predictions and draw conclusions from the data resulting from the model. Goldner remarks that the activity helps reveal places where the students are having difficulty working with scale.

Hiawatha | Weston Woods

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This Weston Woods segment is from the book Hiawatha, illustrated by Susan Jeffers, based upon Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's epic poem, "The Song of Hiawatha." Longfellow's poem was published in 1855. An epic poem is a lengthy narrative that includes heroic deeds that had a great impact on a culture. In this case, the poem is about the stories of many Native American Indian tribes, especially the Ojibway Indians of Michigan, Wisconsin and Minnesota. This video segment is about a Native American named Hiawatha and his grandmother, Nokomis. As a young boy, Hiawatha learns about all the animals in the forest.

Cowboy College | America's Heartland

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Cowboys may make you think of old western days, but the cowboy and ranch life are still very important today. Discover how cityslickers get a firsthand learning experience at a unique school in Arizona. 

Women's History: Activity Pack | History Detectives

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Women have made vital but often little-known contributions to American history. These lesson plans and videos are based on History Detectives episodes that examine artifacts which provide clues to how women have been integral in the visual arts, in fighting political causes and on battlefields. They offer students opportunities to hold a history-based political convention, create visual arts designs, and do biographical research.

World War II: Activity Pack | History Detectives

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World War II was fought in the form of physical battles as well as psychological warfare. The surviving artifacts from the front lines of these struggles provide a window onto how World War II was waged. These lesson plans and videos are based on History Detectives episodes that examine how several objects played a key role in World War II, particularly the role of Japan and the Japanese in the war. They offer students opportunities to research and write about Japanese internment camps, the air war, and propaganda.