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Comprehensive vs. Supplemental Instructional Materials

Comprehensive vs. Supplemental Instructional Materials What is the difference between comprehensive and supplemental learning materials? What are comprehensive instructional materials? A comprehensive curriculum, also called core and basal, is a primary instructional resource designed for a specific content area. It is a full course that addresses all, or nearly all, of the standards and foundational…

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Getting Started with Studies Weekly

Getting Started with Studies Weekly So you’ve received your Studies Weekly blue box and you’re thinking, “Now what?” Starting a whole new curriculum can be intimidating at first, but there’s no need to fear! Getting started with Studies Weekly is easy. First things first, let’s open the boxes. Your boxes will contain the Students Editions,…

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Studies Weekly Online Tutorials for Parents and Students

Studies Weekly Online Tutorials for Parents and Students How can parents support their child as they use Studies Weekly Online? Studies Weekly tutorials show parents and students how to navigate a student’s account dashboard, track their progress, and enjoy online learning games and features that increase engagement. Parents can read these tutorials with their child…

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Boost English Language Arts Skills with Studies Weekly Extended Learning Program

Boost English Language Arts Skills with Studies Weekly Extended Learning Program Are you looking to give students more reading and writing opportunities and refine their English Language Arts skills? Studies Weekly’s Extended Learning program – which focuses heavily on ELA standards – gives you four weeks worth of extra content that teachers can use at…

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Why Teachers Need Curriculum-Based Professional Development to Improve Student Learning

Why Teachers Need Curriculum-Based Professional Development to Improve Student Learning You find a stellar curriculum that will take your district to new heights, but how do you guarantee your teachers will use it? A study published in Professional Development in Education shows that teachers implement a new program better when they receive curriculum-based professional development…

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Using Tech in the Classroom Wisely

Using Tech in the Classroom Wisely Technology has revolutionized the way we educate our children. Images, virtual field trips, lab experiments, and other rich media are some of the countless ways technology creates an enriched learning environment. However, some argue educators shouldn’t use technology in the classroom because it means more screen time, distractions, and…

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New Studies Weekly Science to Spark Student Curiosity

Have you heard? Studies Weekly has created a new core K-5 science curriculum that’s fully aligned with the Next Generation Science Standards and incorporates the well-known 5E model. This program more powerfully engages students by inspiring them to explore, ask questions, and solve real-world problems. Phenomenon-Based Learning The new Studies Weekly Science is highly phenomenon-driven.…

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4th Grade Class Collaborates with Studies Weekly on Curriculum

A California 4th grade class is making a difference for California’s social studies curriculum. Tiffany Vandehoven’s class at Bishop Elementary in California recently collaborated with members of the Studies Weekly curriculum team to strengthen and amplify the voices of California’s indigenous tribes in Studies Weekly Social Studies. Vandehoven reached out to Studies Weekly in March…

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Design an Effective Summer school program for elementary students

Designing an Effective Summer School Program for Elementary Students

Learning gains are more important than ever before, and there are many reasons your district may be considering designing a summer school program. Summer enrichment activities help students not only maintain, but also increase their academic skills, according to Miami Dade School District (2011). A Borman and Dowling study found that students from high-poverty schools…

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Well-Being Lesson Plan: What Stress Management Strategy Works for You?

Teacher Background Knowledge: Stress is a normal part of life. How someone responds to stress can determine whether it becomes eustress or distress. Sleep, nutrition, and coping strategies heavily impact that response. It is important to learn and practice stress management strategies to keep well-being balanced. Log in to your Studies Weekly Online account to…

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Using Art Therapy for Autistic Students

Through the creativity that comes with art therapy, students with autism spectrum disorder can use their imagination to improve skills, work through feelings, reduce stress, improve well-being, and express themselves to the world. According to the Monarch Center for Autism, art “provides opportunities for positive experiences that can translate into enhanced classroom performance and increased…

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Hannah Callowhill Penn

You may know of William Penn as the founder and proprietor of Pennsylvania, but did you know his second wife – Hannah Callowhill – succeeded him after he died? Callowhill was the only surviving child of wealthy English merchants who taught her accounting and management skills, which she used to help Penn get out of…

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Students Overcoming Test Anxiety

Help Students Overcome Test Anxiety with These Coping Skills

No matter how well your teachers prepare students for exams, test anxiety can prevent children from showing how much they’ve learned. According to Healthline, students experience test anxiety when they’re afraid of getting a low score. Severe cases can cause stomach pain, nausea, shortness of breath, headaches, dizziness, vomiting, or diarrhea. A study published in…

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The Role of Free-Choice Learning in Science Education

School administrators constantly look for ways to increase student understanding of science, but many face roadblocks when trying the usual methods. Children perceive traditional methods as an obligation: “I have to” rather than “I want to.” Free-choice learning is an emerging approach to education aimed at understanding science through a lifelong curiosity lens. It offers…

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How to Prevent Bad Social Media Influence on Students

In this digital age, schools are seeing more behavioral problems due to bad social media influence. Violent ‘Devious Licks’ TikTok school challenges are the biggest concern, with many superintendents across the nation saying they cause harm to employees and facilities and take away valuable classroom time. Here are some preventative measures you can take against…

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Prepare Students for Civic Engagement

When you hear social-emotional learning (SEL), you may think of helping students overcome depression and anxiety and improving classroom behavior. But did you know SEL can also prepare students to change the world through civic engagement? Educators and researchers affirmed the power of SEL in civic engagement education at the 2021 SEL Exchange Virtual Summit.…

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Tips for Creating an Inclusive Classroom Environment

An inclusive classroom environment means every child, no matter what their individual needs or barriers to learning, has equal access to high-quality education and opportunities to succeed. It is about creating an environment that works for all students, whether English is their first language, or they come from a minority group, or their socio-economic status.…

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Fostering Effective Communication Between Teachers and Administration

Fostering Effective Communication Between Teachers and Administration

Anyone who has played a game of telephone knows effective communication is crucial to an organization’s success. According to a study by Economic Intelligence Unit, poor communication resulted in: added stress (52% of the cases) failure to complete projects (44% of the cases) low staff morale – (31% of the cases) barrier to innovation (20%…

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Social-Emotional Learning Activities

Social-Emotional Learning Activities

How can you make social-emotional learning fun for elementary students? First, let’s refresh our memory on what social-emotional learning (SEL) is. The Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) defines SEL as the process through which students learn how to: Develop healthy identities Manage emotions Achieve personal and collective goals Feel and show empathy…

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Use ESSER Funds for Studies Weekly

Not sure how to spend your ESSER funds? Here’s a quick summary of how Studies Weekly qualifies for COVID relief funds, and how our print and online materials can help you meet students’ academic, social, and emotional needs. ESSER II: Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations (CRRSA) Act This Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief…

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Magnetic Forces Science Lesson Plan

K-3 Lesson Plan: Magnetic Forces

Background Knowledge: In this lesson, students will explore how magnets interact, ask questions, and make observations. The objective is for students to understand the cause-and-effect relationship of magnetic interactions. Lesson Plan:  Prepare by gathering enough magnets for students. Each student should have two magnets. Read this to your students: Magnets are all around us. We…

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Project-based Learning in Science Education

How Project-Based Learning Can Improve Elementary Science Education

Remember when phones were attached to the wall, and were used only to call people? As STEM fields continue to advance at a rapid rate, elementary school science becomes an important foundation that children can build their future careers on. Research shows project-based learning can help elementary schools improve their science instruction so students gain…

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Teacher Tips: Getting to Know You

A classroom full of learners is a very important community. The tone and environment set by the teacher are fundamental to the success of the students.  All members should feel welcome, that they matter, and can connect with each other. These relationships help develop social and emotional skills that are deeply connected to their learning.…

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5 Ways STEM Education Improves Student Learning

Learning about science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) can empower students and build their confidence. As advances in STEM fields continue to accelerate, educators are putting greater emphasis on developing students’ scientific and mathematical skills to prepare them for future career opportunities. But, the benefits of STEM subjects go beyond preparing students for future jobs.…

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Media Literacy Education

5 Steps to Integrating Media Literacy into Social Studies

Teaching media literacy in social studies helps students become responsible citizens who can make informed decisions. Media literacy is the ability to identify types of digital content, understand the messages they convey, and evaluate their sources. While children can quickly learn how to use new technology, educators have a responsibility to show them how to…

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Studies Weekly’s Teacher Advocate Provides New Educational Support Service

School districts that adopt Studies Weekly district-wide can now schedule one-on-one or group consultations for their teachers with Studies Weekly’s new teacher advocate, Debbie Bagley. Teachers will receive additional personalized educational support. With Bagley’s 15 years of experience in education, she is a valuable asset. Teaching Career Debbie’s passion for education began when she’d go…

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How Can School Administrators Prevent Cyberbullying?

Today, technology surrounds children everywhere. However, with the incredible blessings of the digital era — such as instant access to countless learning resources — comes a big problem: cyberbullying. School administrators can help teachers, students and parents prevent cyberbullying and protect the well-being of the school community. What is Cyberbullying? Cyberbullying is the use of…

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Adverse Childhood Experiences

How Educators Can Reverse the Effects of Adverse Childhood Experiences

Too often, children struggle to meet academic standards because traumatic events impair their ability to learn and excel in school. As an educator, you can help these children succeed by understanding how adverse childhood experiences shape behavioral and cognitive development, and by implementing a life skills curriculum that teaches students and teachers effective coping strategies.…

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American Indian vs Native American: Which Should You Use?

There is much debate and strong feelings within our nation that are connected to how to identify various groups. At Studies Weekly, we diligently work to create and nurture inclusive content using acceptable terms. When referring to indigenous people in the United States, some state standards use American Indians while others prefer Native Americans. This…

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Changing Science Education to Meet the Sustainable Development Goals

Science education can prepare students to not only face the world’s future challenges but also find solutions. Unfortunately, many science teachers fail to show students how to apply science to real-world problems, according to William C. Kyle Jr., professor of science education at the University of Missouri in St. Louis. In Kyle’s article, Expanding our…

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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…

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A Teacher’s Guide to Celebrating Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month

Diverse perspectives strengthen education, according to Heather Singmaster’s EdWeek article from November 2018. They broaden students’ view of history and teach them to respect people from different cultures. This month, you have the opportunity to foster students’ appreciation for Asian/Pacific Americans by celebrating Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month. History of Asian American Pacific Islander…

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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…

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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…

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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,…

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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…

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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…

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How to Keep Teachers Happy

Are your teachers happy? That is a tough question to answer lately. But part of an administrator’s job is looking after teacher well-being, and ensuring teachers are motivated and feel appreciated. These efforts don’t have to be big. Small efforts to improve teachers’ happiness and job satisfaction helps them be stronger where it counts —…

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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…

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Vivien Thomas, Cardiac Surgeon.

Black Scientists Who Made History

Celebrating Black History Month is not just for Social Studies. Many Black scientists have contributed to our knowledge of biology, chemistry, and physics. Thanks to their legacy of hard work and perseverance, students today know they can overcome socio-economic challenges and accomplish their dreams. As your school celebrates African Americans who made history, encourage science…

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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…

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Phenomena-based Science Instruction Creates Equitable Learning Environments

As a subject, Science can be one of the most equitable topics taught in the elementary classroom. Race, culture, and socio-economic status can affect how prepared a student is to gain literacy or math skills, but phenomena-based instruction that pulls directly from the observable world around students puts all students on equal footing. “Centering science…

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Implementing Integrated Learning in Your School and District

“Life is integrated. Why isn’t learning?”   —Tom Vander Ark Charlie Perryman, Director of Professional Development with Studies Weekly, posed this question in a recent webinar with curriculum coaches and district personnel. “Can you think of a single job in the world today our students are going to enter, that doesn’t require integrated knowledge and thinking?”…

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Studies Weekly Spotlight: Texas Teacher Shares Passion for Nonfiction

Sandra Bradshaw, a second-grade teacher in Texas, is in the education field because she wants to positively impact students’ lives. “When students show a true understanding of the concepts being taught and topics being discussed, then I am thrilled for their discoveries and personal connections,” she said in a recent interview. As a child, Bradshaw…

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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…

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Using Exit Tickets

Grades: All Strands: All Why: (Purpose of Exit Tickets) Deep Learning Exit tickets give students frequent opportunities to develop character, collaborate with their peers, communicate effectively, ask the right questions, and think critically about what they are learning Higher Student Achievement Exit tickets provide students with frequent opportunities to receive feedback, which gives them a…

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Identifying Informational Text Features and Structures

Grade Levels: AllSocial Studies Strands: All Why: (Purpose) Greater Engagement Labeling guides students to dig further into text features Encourages students to explore more than pictures in texts Cooperative Learning Promotes peer-to-peer discussion and reflection Encourages the application of the strategy in small groups Deep Learning Develops academic mindsets and assessment skills Develops strategies for…

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Four Corners Teaching Strategy

Four Corners Teaching Strategy

Grade Levels: AllSocial Studies Strands:  All Why: (Purpose) Cooperative Learning Promotes peer-to-peer discussion Encourages decision-making, self-management, and listening Deep Learning Collaborative learning Effective communication Developing academic mindsets and assessment skills Higher Student Achievement Promotes critical thinking and reasoning Allows students to align their learning Increases and reinforces communication skills Greater Engagement Movement while learning, leading…

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Most Important Book Strategy

Most Important Book Strategy

Grades: K-5 Social Studies Strands: Government and Civics, Geography, Economics, History, Culture Using this strategy in Kindergarten and building on it throughout the elementary years will be especially helpful for students’ writing ability. Why: (Purpose) Deep learning Students will read articles with greater purpose while looking for the main idea and supporting details. Higher student…

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Active Reading Strategies

Grades: 1-5Social Studies Strands: Civics and Government, Geography, Economics, History Why: (Purpose) Deep learning Self-directed learning Effective communication Collaboration Higher student achievement Students are able to construct meaning from the text Develop critical thinking skills Reading accountability Greater engagement Students become involved with the text; construct meaning Solidify comprehension and learning that isn’t just sitting…

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Possible Sentences Vocab Strategy

Possible Sentences Vocab Strategy

Grades: 3-5Strands: Civics/Government, Geography, Economics, History Why: (Purpose) Deep Learning Effective communication Self-directed learning Develops a connection to text Higher Student Achievement Opportunity for feedback Vocabulary instruction that supports comprehension Student Engagement Allows for an exchange of predictions Consensus established for the structure of informational texts Strategic Planning Pre-teaching vocabulary allows students to establish the…

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Political Candidates Lesson Plan for Grades K-3

Lesson 9: Know Your Candidates (K-3)

Student Expectations: Students will explain why voters need to learn about the candidates in an election. Students will practice researching facts about candidates in a simulated election. Vocabulary and Definitions: nutrition: the act or process of nourishing or being nourished vitamin: an organic substance that is essential in small quantities to normal metabolism mineral: a…

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Political Campaigns

Lesson 10: Political Campaigns (K-3)

Student Expectations: Students will name different strategies candidates use to campaign. Students will be introduced to the current presidential candidates. Students will create their own campaign posters based on things that they would want to do as president. Vocabulary and Definitions: campaign: to organize a series of public events and advertisements to achieve something candidate:…

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National Election

Lesson 11: Our National Election (K-3)

Background Knowledge for Teachers: Political parties are not unique to America. Wherever there are governments, there are oppositional groups. Political parties are groups of voters who have different views on public issues. In elections, these parties support candidates who agree with their political goals and philosophies. In the United States, we have several political parties.…

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Jigsaw Strategy Lesson Plan

Jigsaw Strategy

Grade Levels: 3-5 Strands: Civics and Government, Geography, Economics, History Why: (Purpose) Cooperative Learning Collaborative team-based tasks Encourages responsibility and self-management Deep Learning Collaborative learning Self-directed learning Effective communication 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…

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Vocabulary Lesson Plan

Grades: K-8 Why: (Purpose) Vocabulary instruction aligns with deep learning by helping students make connections between words and construct meaningful knowledge. Vocabulary instruction aligns with higher student achievement by increasing reading skills and comprehension. Vocabulary instruction aligns with greater engagement by making reading and comprehension accessible to all learners. Vocabulary instruction aligns with well-being because…

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Voting and Elections

Lesson 6: How Do We Choose Leaders? (Grades K-3)

Student Expectations: Students will recognize the positive qualities of good leaders. Students will understand the election process in the United States. Vocabulary and Definitions: election: the selection of a person or persons for office by vote primary election: a preliminary election in which voters of multiple parties nominate candidates for office campaign: the process through…

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Lesson 5: Who Can Run For Office

Learning Objectives: Students will learn the qualifications for people running for office. The U.S. Constitution details specific qualifications for people who want to run for national political office. State and local government units set their own qualifications for those running for office. Students will identify where the qualifications for political candidates can be found. Vocabulary…

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Lesson 4: How Does Our Government Work?

Learning Objectives: Students will identify the three branches of the federal government. Students will identify the officials who lead the three branches. Students will describe how the Constitution was written. Students will understand the purpose of the Constitution. Vocabulary and Definitions: constitution: the document that sets up a system of fundamental principles according to which…

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Lesson 1: Why Do We Make Decisions? (Grades: 4-5)

Objective for the Lesson: Students will understand the decision-making process on both an individual and a group level. Weekly Summary: When individuals and groups have to make choices, as they do during political elections, they often go through an intensive decision-making process. Student Expectations: Students will understand that people have to gather facts before they…

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See, Think, Wonder Teaching Strategy

Grades: K-5 Strands: All Why: (Purpose) Higher Student Achievement Engages students in a classroom or small group discussion, and students learn by listening to classmates and discussing what they See, Think, and Wonder about Student Engagement Students will determine the discussion topics by the questions they ask, allowing for increased engagement in the classroom Inquiry…

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Graphic Organizers

Grade Levels: K-8 Social Studies Strands: Government and Civics, Geography, Economics, History, Culture Why: (Purpose) Graphic organizers align with deep learning by helping students develop critical thinking skills to make connections, identify patterns, and construct meaningful knowledge. Graphic organizers increase student achievement by combining words and phrases with symbols and arrows representing relationships to help students build knowledge and become…

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New Professional Development Training Program

New Studies Weekly Professional Development Training Offerings

Teaching is hard. Fun. Joyful. Stressful. Exciting. All of the above. That’s why Studies Weekly’s goal is to make curriculum that is enjoyable to use and helps teachers successfully realize learning outcomes. To help you do this, we’ve launched completely new 2020-2021 Professional Development training offerings. These PD programs can be done digitally or face-to-face.…

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New Social Studies Curriculum for the 2020-2021 School Year

Education is evolving, and Studies Weekly is matching that change step for step. Educators need a curriculum that strengthens and supports them as they use multiple diverse learning strategies with today’s students. Thus, we are very, very excited to announce our NEW Studies Weekly Social Studies product line. Currently in limited states, it will soon…

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The Importance of Consumables During Classroom and Distance Learning

Studies Weekly is uniquely suited to be your students’ passport to lifelong success because we’re unlike any other standards-based curriculum out there today. In addition to Studies Weekly Online — a robust interactive platform that works within the classroom and for distance learning — our print publications are fully consumable. What does consumable mean? When…

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Studies Weekly Google Classroom Integration

Studies Weekly Integrates with Google Classroom

https://cdn.studiesweekly.com/marketing/Wordpress/Tutorials/Google+Classroom+Article+Level.mp4 Studies Weekly Online is integrated with Google Classroom! With just a few clicks, you can assign articles, images or videos to the entire classroom. The Google Classroom integration works with our entire platform, making your job smoother. David Bagley, Studies Weekly vice president of sales, explained that many teachers across the nation use Google…

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Thinking on Education: Approaching Thanksgiving Lessons Differently

November is famously the month for football, turkey, and the kick-off to holiday shopping. But November is also Native American Heritage Month. And many educators today are becoming more culturally responsive in their teaching and changing the way they address Native American, or American Indian, history. They also are changing the way they teach about…

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Thinking on Education: Using an Integrated Learning Approach

One of the most exciting ways to teach is through an integrated learning approach. Integrated learning pedagogy has been around for decades, but it is especially appropriate for today’s students, who need essential skills to analyze and apply learning from diverse perspectives to real-world problems. And social studies and science are excellent subjects to act…

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Blending Social Studies and ELA

“If history were taught in the form of stories, it would never be forgotten” – Rudyard Kipling Social studies is more than just teaching kids facts, dates, states and capitals. It’s about the stories — it’s the “why” behind each individual’s choices, their interactions with each other and the world. Social studies also has the…

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How to Leverage Technology in the Classroom

According to a 2017 study, about 63% of K-12 teachers use technology in their classrooms daily. Other studies suggest that number is rising each year. As more and more elementary classrooms access educational technology, they can tap into the many available programs that really bring social studies alive. Integrating Studies Weekly Online’s primary source videos,…

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Thinking on Education: Teaching Columbus Day in the 21st Century

As Columbus Day approaches, many educators are preparing lessons about this federal holiday. In the diverse classrooms of today, Columbus Day can be a sensitive topic. Many indigenous people protest against the colonialism symbolized by Columbus Day — while Columbus’ explorations opened the door for European settlements, often these settlements pushed indigenous groups from their…

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Thinking on Education: Reaching and Empowering Students with Learning Disabilities

1 in 5 children in the United States have learning and attention issues, and only 17% of teachers say they “feel very well prepared to teach” these students. This disparity was highlighted earlier this year in a joint report, “Forward Together,” by the National Center for Learning Disabilities and Understood.org. The report further explained that…

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Hispanic Heritage Month: Educating Beyond the Curriculum

September is Hispanic Heritage Month, and we applaud all those educators who celebrate the historic and current contributions of Hispanic people. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, the percentage of Hispanic students in elementary and secondary schools across the nation is increasing. In a recent study, between 2000 and 2015, their number increased…

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Getting Started with Studies Weekly

So you’ve received your Studies Weekly blue box and you’re thinking, “Now what?” Starting a whole new curriculum can be intimidating at first, but there’s no need to fear! Getting started with Studies Weekly is easy. So first things first, let’s open the box. Though this video shows an instructions page, we no longer include…

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How to Purchase or Order Studies Weekly

Studies Weekly is dedicated to educating today’s youth through rigorous, relevant and insightful curriculum materials. To reach the nation’s students, though, we connect with educators in a variety of ways and places. Because schools and districts have a variety of purchasing processes, our sales methods follow suit. Principals and School or District Curriculum Directors You…

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Thinking on Education: Using Portfolios in the Elementary Classroom

For many schools throughout the United States, the elementary classroom connects students, teachers and parents hand-in-hand for student learning. Teachers often use portfolios as an effective way to forge and strengthen that connection. It also is a potent tool to celebrate student learning and achievement. In general, a portfolio is “a body of student work…

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Thinking on Education: The Importance of Project-Based Learning

We all want students to experience authentic, meaningful learning within the classroom. To that end, project-based learning (PBL) is an effective teaching method. PBL focuses on what students learn more than what teachers teach, as Diana B. Turk and Stacie Brensilver Berman explained in their January/February 2018 Social Education article, “Learning through Doing: A Project-Based Learning…

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