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…

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…

Exit Ticket Post It Notes

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…

Improve Comprehension of Informational Text

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…

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…

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…

Students Reading Books

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…

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…