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…

Teacher helping student with class work.

Use Formative Assessment to Measure Specific Learning Targets

Why: (Purpose) Cooperative Learning Encourages responsibility and self-management Ability to modify instruction to increase learning Deep Learning Self-directed learning Effective communication Empowering students to lead their own learning Developing academic mindsets Higher Student Achievement Promotes critical thinking, reasoning, and summarizing Increases retention for “expert” material Greater Engagement Students are directly connected with the material Responsibility…

Students reading books

Stop and Jot Strategy Lesson Plan

Grade Levels: 1-6 Social Studies Strands: All Why: (Purpose) Deep learning Students will be able to dive deeper into the text Student engagement This strategy will help students be actively engaged in reading What: (Description of the Strategy) The Stop and Jot Strategy helps students monitor their comprehension while reading. As students read a section…

A student learning how to manage money by keeping a budget.

Economic Choices

Teacher Background To make economic choices, students need to understand the value of work, and how it provides income so people can purchase the things that they need and want. People get to make choices about earning, spending, saving money, and where to live and work. Vocabulary Budget: a plan on how to spend the…

Footprints on the beach

Well-Being and Digital Citizenship Lesson Plan

Teacher Background Students will have varying emotions regarding internet use. Be sensitive to the different experiences with the internet that students may have had. Additionally, parents of students may have varying rules about what can and cannot be shared online. Some people are comfortable sharing images of their children online, while some are not. This…

Student using Google books for research

Using Google Books for Research

Grade Levels: All Social Studies Strands: All Why: (Purpose) Deep Learning Research provides students the opportunity to explore subjects in-depth, and gives them skills in differentiating between reliable sources Higher Student Achievement These free resources are available at many levels for all students, and encourage self-guided discovery Student Engagement The variety of resources available inspires…