Throwback Thursday 9/17 Google Classroom
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Wordless Wednesday 9/17 My Photography Class
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Since this a bucket-list item for me because I would love to be a photographer, my question is what is something you want to learn that is on your bucket list?
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Throwback Thursday 9/11 Social Studies Bell Work
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This idea was spawned from the need for bell work when I taught middle school social studies. I needed to get their fidgety little bodies going. I have continued to use this in my high school social studies classes with much success.
The first thing you need is one of my Daily Geography Practice and This Day in History Sheets, which are available on my TPT store for FREE!
The other product I use for this bell work: Great Source's Daily Geography Book. I bought the seventh grade book years ago for myself. It appears they now might require you to purchase it through your school authorized purchaser and that the price has gone up, but it is worth every penny because it has the vocabulary, answers, and quizzes right in that awkwardly sized book.
There are other companies produce these, but this has been the best one I have found.
When they come in to my class, they use whatever resources they have (textbook, dictionary, atlas, almanacs, phone) to work through the answers to the questions for the day. There is usually a fair amount of talking and helping going on as the students work through these questions.
When they finish the two questions for the day, we talk about what happened on this day in history. Now, we could just have a conversation about this stuff, but I have found that having them write something down help move it to memory. Now I do not expect them to recount every item that we talk about nor do I test them on this, but it gives us a chance to talk about interesting things that we might not get to in our regular class. I mean how often do you really get to talk about Mt. Vesuvius?
Some days we watch the video, but some days we don't. Also, there are days when nothing on the list of events strikes me, so we don't talk about anything. I usually only pick 1-4 items of the list because I find it can be too much.
To save myself some headaches over the years, I have printed out my favorites and keep them in a binder chronologically. This way if I am gone or the internet goes down (that never happens at your school, right?) I am not left in a lurch.
Overall, my social studies bell work accomplishes several things:
1) Students are engaged from the start of class.
2) Students are learning research and problem solving skills when they don't readily know an answer
3) Students are becoming culturally literate citizens
4) Students are getting a chance to discover interesting tidbits of knowledge not normally covered in class content.
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