Resource Share: National Social Studies Conference
Before we left for Thanksgiving Break, I was able to attend the National Social Studies Conference in Austin. I wanted to take the time to share some of the many wonderful lessons and resources that I was able to experience at the Conference. I have divided this article into several different categories to help you find resources that will help you find new ideas.
The World at War: Engage your students in learning about the pivotal points in history. These lessons provide a variety of inquiry-based, kinesthetic learning activities and simulations to keep your students learning.
- Bataan Death March: World War II in the Philippines
Shelby Thompson, Fontainebleau High School – Mandeville, LA
- World War II – Gallery Walk
Allison Chow and Dianne Kraemer, Ward Melville High School-Stony Brook, NY
- Dorthea Lange’s Photographs of the Internment of Japanese America
Hannah Kim: University of Delaware – Newark, DE
- Time Traveler’s Guide to Vietnam: Fantasy Draft 1968
Trasa Cobern and Allyson Mather: Hurst-Euless-Bedford ISD
Celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the 19th Amendment: During the 2020 school year, the United States will celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the 19th Amendment. The 19th Amendment gave women in the United States the right to vote.
- Bill of Rights Institute
- Engaging Congress
- Gilder Lehrman: American Women in World War I by Ron Nash and John McNamara
- American Bar Association
- National Archives
Our Government: Whether it be the government of the United States or the governments of the world, students often have a hard time grasping these abstract ideas. You will find new resources, lessons, games and more to engage your students’ learning.
- Bill of Rights Institute – Homework Help on Court Cases, Lessons, and Videos
- C-Span Classroom – Combines primary source video with lessons
- I Civics – Web quests, Lessons, DBQs and Games
- Texas Law Related Education – Information Cards, Lessons, Videos and Games
- National Constitution Center – Interactive Constitution
Forever Learner: This time of the year is the time I begin thinking about professional development for the summer. If you like to travel and want to engage in professional learning, these institutions have summer institutes and programs for free or very little cost to the participants. It is time to think about engaging your forever learner.
- Colonial Williamsburg
- Civic Education Center
- C-Span Classroom
- George Washington’s Mount Vernon
- Humanities Texas
- LBJ Library
- Library of Congress
- National Constitution Center
- National World War II Memorial
- Qatar Foundation International
- Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello
- USS Midway Museum
- White House Historical Society
The resources that I have listed are just a small portion of the many resources that I learned about at the National Social Studies Conference. If you don’t find what you are looking for or have any questions, please feel free to reach out to me at Klein High School.
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