Middle School

This page has links to resources especially for 6-8 grade social studies teachers in the St. Vrain Valley Schools.


Instructional Websites and Resources for Classroom Use:

Real World Math:  http://www.realworldmath.org/     “Real World Math is a collection of free math activities for Google Earth designed for students and educators.  Mathematics is much more than a set of problems in a textbook.  In the virtual world of Google Earth, concepts and challenges can be presented in a meaningful way that portrays the usefulness of the ideas.”

Google Lit Trips:  http://www.googlelittrips.com/GoogleLit/Home.html    “Google Lit Trips are free downloadable files that mark the journeys of characters from famous literature on the surface of Google Earth.  At each location along the journey there are placemarks with pop-up windows containing a variety of resources including relevant media, thought provoking discussion starters, and links to supplementary information about ‘real world’ references made in that particular portion of the story.”

PBShttp://rmpbs.pbslearningmedia.org/     PBS lesson plans, videos, documents, and images used to engage the students in 21st Century skills about many social studies topics.  All lessons are based on Common Core Standards.

Newsela:  http://newsela.com  Daily news articles from major publications that you can adjust for different Lexile levels.  It also looks great on the iPad.

Gooruhttp://www.goorulearning.org/#home.  An amazing resource where you can choose a topic in over 70,000 collections.  Each collection has a variety of resources (webpages, articles, videos, other digital resources) that students use to study the topic.  You then invite your students to collections, manage the assignments, and monitor their progress.  This is a great resource to use on the iPads!  It’s even better if you are considering flipping your classroom.

Beyond the Bubble: https://beyondthebubble.stanford.edu/.   Beyond the Bubble unlocks the vast digital archive of the Library of Congress to create a new generation of history assessments. Developed by the Stanford History Education Group (http://sheg.stanford.edu), Beyond the Bubble is the cornerstone of SHEG’s membership in the Library of Congress’s Teaching with Primary Sources Educational Consortium. We “go beyond the bubble” by offering easy-to-use assessments that capture students’ knowledge in action – rather than their recall of discrete facts.

Lessons on Local Government: http://www.lessonsonlocalgovernment.org/index.htmlLessons on Local Government is a resource for elementary, middle, and high school teachers in Colorado to easily find curriculum materials that meet the state’s social studies and civics standards.  Here you’ll find numerous local government lesson plans to use in your classroom.  Feel free to use them as they are or customize them to make them resonate better with your students.  Lessons on Local Government is a supplementary resource intended to help save you time searching for and planning lessons pertaining to Colorado social studies and civics standards. 

GPS Units for Loan:    http://www.uccs.edu/coga/resources/gps-units-for-loan.html   COGA has 10 GPS units available for educators to check out, using these tools to enhance geospatial awareness and curriculum.  These are available free for your use in classrooms or informal education settings.

Pros and Cons of Controversial Issues:   http://www.procon.org/  Background on controversial issues, research-based arguments, and videos are available for students to explore current issues.

Documents of Freedom: new digital textbook accessible 24/7 from any device. Join today

Primary Sources to use when studying U.S. History: http://teachingamericanhistory.org/50docs/ 

Bill of Rights Institute: http://billofrightsinstitute.org/resources/educator-resources/lessons-plans/

The Korematsu Institute (www.korematsuinstitute.org) has a wealth of free teaching materials that help students learn about Fred and the Japanese American internment during World War II.  Items include: a K-12 teaching guide, a Fred Korematsu classroom poster, videos appropriate for students at all grade levels, a one-day lesson plan/PowerPoint presentation, the 24 minute version of the Emmy Award winning video, “Of Civil Wrongs and Rights, the Fred Korematsu Story.”

Boulder County Latino History Project:  http://bocolatinohistory.colorado.edu/  Here are thousands of wonderful primary source documents that you could use in your class about Latino impacts in this area.

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