Parents engaged in child education

Parent Engagement in Early Learning

One of the most important classrooms is the home. Students learn from careful observation and paying close attention to what life lessons parents have to offer. Parent engagement in early learning is important because it helps students develop skills that will benefit them in life, and education, according to the December 2019 paper, “What is…

Mayan Chief with Chocolate

The Secret Life of a Chocolate Bar

Teacher Background Chocolate has not always come in the sweet creamy consistency we know and love today. Originally, chocolate was used as a beverage and had a bitter taste. It took hundreds of years before people created the chocolate bar. The ancient Olmecs of southern Mexico first used chocolate as a drink for the wealthy.…

Child in Front of American Flag

American Values and Beliefs

Teacher Background The purpose of this week is to tie the celebrations and symbols of the United States to the underlying core values that they represent. Vocabulary Allegiance: being loyal Patriotism: a feeling of love for your country Pledge: a promise Pledge of Allegiance: a promise we make to be loyal to our country Think…

Students hugging

Building Empathy Through Inquiry

Teacher Background In this lesson, students will assess other perspectives and build their own idea of empathy toward others through inquiry. Vocabulary Empathy: The ability to understand the feelings of others Notes for Teacher The desire to help others usually involves empathy. It moves a student’s inquiry beyond communicating conclusions to taking action. Creating empathy often…

Students Voting

Citizenship Rights and Responsibilities

Teacher Background Students should understand the differences between the rights and the responsibilities of citizens. Vocabulary Civil Rights: the rights of citizens to political and social freedom and equality. Economic Rights: financial choices and privileges individuals have without government prohibition. Economic rights include the right to own property, change employment, operate a business, and join…

Berlin Candy Bomber with children

The Candy Bomber Of Berlin

Teacher Background: After the unconditional surrender of Nazi Germany in 1945, the Allied Powers divided Germany into territories or zones. The German capital of Berlin was divided into military zones as well. These zones would be governed by the military of the assigned country. But there was conflict among the Russian leadership and the British,…

Studies Weekly Lesson Plan

Collaborative Conversations Using the Jigsaw Strategy

Grade Levels: K-8 Social Studies Strands: Civics/Government, Geography, Economics, & History Why: (Purpose) Deep Learning Collaborative conversations foster effective communication and collaboration skills. Depending on the nature and topic of conversation, they have the potential to foster critical thinking, citizenship, and creativity as well. Higher Student Achievement This strategy has a significant and positive effect…