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Seeking Expert Assistance

Way back in my first year of teaching, my students were working on writing an alphabet book about European exploration and one of the students was tasked to write a page for the letter O. 420 more words

Fourth Grade

70 Acres in Chicago

(USA 2015)

The title refers to the area between North and Chicago Avenues and Halsted and Orleans Streets, where the (in)famous Cabrini-Green housing project once stood. 185 more words


History Class Revisited: Tools and Projects to Engage Middle School Students in Social Studies

Jody’s book History Class Revisited: Tools and Projects to Engage Middle School Students in Social Studies can be preordered through Routledge Publishing here. Coming out in May, 2016, this book discusses the unique possibilities and challenges of working with middle school students to make social studies/history relevant.

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Social Studies and EdTech? I Co-Wrote the E-Book!

I am honored to announce my Imagine Easy blog posts about Social Studies and educational technology have been combined with work from Matthew Farber to form an e-book, … 42 more words


Parthenon Marble Battle

Hello all,

Today we are talking about the debate over the ownership of the Parthenon Marbles. I found a decent website giving lots of information that can be used to help student form an opinion and defend it. 27 more words

Social Studies

Child Soldier: When Boys and Girls Are Used in War by Jessica Dee Humphreys and Michel Chikwanine, illustrated by Claudia Davila

Published by Kids Can Press 

Summary:  Michel Chikwanine had a pretty idyllic childhood with his parents and three sisters in the Democratic Republic of Congo until he was kidnapped one day at the age of five.  259 more words

Social Studies

Teaching Through Narrative

For the past several weeks, my students have been engaged in a variety of guided inquiry projects on topics related to European exploration. They learned about pre-Columbian civilisations, they learned about specific explorers, and they delved into questions about why the Europeans were exploring the world in the first place. 595 more words

Fourth Grade