Friday, March 10, 2017

I have let this blog slip by the wayside, but I am happy to report that I am slowly emerging from underneath the "mom of three" rock and am finding more time to devote to myself and my career. I am slowly taking inventory of the near decade-worth of social studies resources that I have created and it feels great. The first resource that I would like to share are an adapted version of Cornell Notes. I wanted to teach my middle school students how to take effective and valuable notes, but they have always struggled at the beginning of the year. Q-notes give students a guiding question to help them focus on the content that is most important. The first set that I have pieced together covers Medieval Islam. The bundled set that covers the founding of Islam through the spread, can be found here.

Saturday, December 10, 2016

Daily Learning Log

I use this daily learning log as bellwork. Students enter each day and use the first 2 minutes of class to copy down the daily learning objective. At the end of class, I then have them take it out and write down one thing they learned from the day's lesson. It also includes weekly closure questions to help students reflect on what they have learned throughout the week. You can find it here!

Medieval Islam PowerPoint

A comprehensive PowerPoint on the founding and eventual spread of the Islamic Empire. Begins with the rise of Islam, including Muhammad and his teachings and the 5 Pillars of Islam. Then explores how Islam spread as a both an empire and a religion and finally concludes with the lasting contributions of the Islamic Empire. PowerPoint has built in assignments within each of the three sections. A great way to introduce the main concepts and events of the Islamic Empire. This is mine master PowerPoint that I use throughout the entire unit. I usually have my students take Cornell Notes as I move through each section. It is very simple and easy for students at all levels to follow along. You can find it here!

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Rome Unit Authentic Assessment

The Roman Newspaper Project is a fun and engaging project for students to demonstrate what they learned about the rise and fall of Rome. The project gives them a focus area, but also allows them to report on events that they found most interesting. Each year I use this project as an authentic assessment following the end of the Rome unit. I have structured the assignment handout as a sample for students to see what a completed project should like. With this project, I introduce all the elements and requirements to the class and then devote the rest of class to planning using the Roman Newspaper Planner. I provide them with the blank Newspaper Template for their final draft, but I also allow students to turn in their own creations. Students really enjoy this project, as it is focused on the content, yet still allows them some creative freedoms. You can find this project here....Enjoy!

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Oldie, but a goodie!

I have used this ice breaker for years and my students really enjoy it. I give them time to explore and meet new classmates and then once they are done, I go through each category and let them share a little about themselves and their summer. Enjoy!

Let the planning begin!

With August just around the corner it is time to start planning! Each year I love to revisit what I did last year and find new ways of doing things, but before you can begin planning it is important to have a place to jot it all day and stay organized. Here is a very simple and straight-forward planning template that I love to use with post-its (it is made for the smaller ones). Using post-its allows you to easily make changes and move things around from day to day or even week to week.

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

More Freebies

I am going to try and really stay up-to-date with this blog, so I am starting by posting another freebie. I am revamping my content vocabulary this year and am going to give the Frayer model a shot. I have created my own version here. Enjoy!