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Social Studies Activities

Helen Said:

Where can I find social studies activities or lessons for jr. high and high school students?

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Check out socialstudieslessons.com, which is the website for Learning Center USA. They have a ton of lessons on a number of areas within the field of social studies. I am using part of their American history program and would probably do an infomercial for them if they'd pay me... :) Their lesson books have a nice variety of fun activities. Each book comes with directions on how to execute the lesson as well as answer keys. My kids have responded surprisingly well. They definitely prefer this way of learning more than listening to me lecture for a majority of the period like I did when I first started teaching. The lessons are organized extremely well and include a lot of information compared to much of what I've come across on the internet. Hope this has helped!

Warren Said:

what are some really easy and fun social studies activities for early childhood?

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how bout teaching about your state you live in. Example, I live in Florida, so we are the Sunshine State, our state bird is the mocking bird ,state animal is the Florida Panther, and find coloring pages associated with this, a map, flag, panther, orange blossom, mocking bird, maybe a picture of Chief Osceola, etc. Not sure the age group your aiming at. Keep it simple and fun. Kids love coloring, it keeps them involved.

Michelle Said:

social studies activities for your childrens?

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now that the Net 's making the world seems smaller,and people of different culture and used to be far away just a click of the mouse.The best is to start on Online encyclopedia.. say the wikipedia

Joan Said:

What activities can i do for my social studies project that have something to do with Poseidon,the greek god??

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Who Is Poseidon?
Poseidon is one of the three brother gods who divided the world between them. Poseidon's lot was the sea. As sea god Poseidon is usually seen with a trident. He is the god of water, horses, and earthquakes and was considered responsible for shipwrecks and drownings.

The symbol of Poseidon's power was the trident, or a spear with three points, with which he used to shatter rocks, to call forth or subdue storms, to shake the earth, and the like. Herodotus (ii. 50, iv. 188) states, that the name and worship of Poseidon was imported to the Greeks from Libya, but he was probably a divinity of Pelasgian origin, and originally a personification of the fertilising power of water, from which the transition to regarding him as the god of the sea was not difficult.

here are some sites. the last one has some nice pics. I hope you get some good ideas

Bruce Said:

Fun activities to use in the social studies classroom?

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In high school I had a great history teacher who made history come alive for us by various activities. Often with other history classes or on our own we would carefully re-enact historical events as follows;
Black Tuesday: Mr. Hall (our teacher) would assign us different jobs
in the stock market. We set up our class room as the NYSE and went to work in the years leading up until the crash. My job was a precious metals trader. Using 2 decks of cards Mr. Hall would randomly pull out 3 cards which were matched to us and then drop them, indicating that that stock had fallen. We were then given 30 sec to sell our stock. I can still vividly remember the feeling of panic that ensued from trying to sell a fallen stock. That lesson taught me so much about what it is (and was) like to be trader and how the economy was affected. It also made me understand why so many people threw themselves off of buildings after losing everything.
We also did the same type of activities for the Vietnam War: We set up our classroom to look like a giant map of Vietnam anf the surrounding countries. My friend Diem was conveniently placed at the location of the Battle of Dien Bien Phu.
We did this type of thing for almost every topic that we covered.

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