Last year the BBC published an article of 5 of History’s most important places as chosen by History of the World presenter Andrew Marr.
These places fall into three categories: origins of civilization, an important battle site, the location of scientific breakthrough. 
I think this is a fantastic Social Studies lesson starter as it will highlight the different values and perspectives around the classroom as well as requiring students to delve into their Geographical and Historical knowledge.

Last year the BBC published an article of 5 of History’s most important places as chosen by History of the World presenter Andrew Marr.

These places fall into three categories: origins of civilization, an important battle site, the location of scientific breakthrough.

I think this is a fantastic Social Studies lesson starter as it will highlight the different values and perspectives around the classroom as well as requiring students to delve into their Geographical and Historical knowledge.

This is a great website to make totally customisable facebook walls.  You can add in who you like, what they say, events they attend.  You can search what other people have made or make your own.  It is saveable through your own facebook account and provides a link for others to view.  I am going to use it to show the different opinions towards the Treaty of Versailles for my low literacy y10s.  How will you use it?

This is a great website to make totally customisable facebook walls.  You can add in who you like, what they say, events they attend.  You can search what other people have made or make your own.  It is saveable through your own facebook account and provides a link for others to view.  I am going to use it to show the different opinions towards the Treaty of Versailles for my low literacy y10s.  How will you use it?

cptfunk:amazonfeminist:

The “Night Witches” was the all female Night Bomber Regiment of the Soviet Air Forces that bombed German lines in WWII. They were equipped with the worst, oldest, noisest, crappest planes in the entire world. The engines used to conk out halfaway through missions and they had to climb on the wings mid flight to restart the props. To stop germans from hearing their noisy planes and firing at them, they’d climb up to a certain height, coast down to German positions, drop their bombs, restart their engines in midair, and get out as quickly as possible. Their leader flew over 200 missions and was never captured.

WHY ISN’T THERE A MOVIE

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ambedu:

This is a cool idea! It could be applied to other concepts as well, not just presidents or people. 

ambedu:

This is a cool idea! It could be applied to other concepts as well, not just presidents or people. 

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life:

Some of the most compelling — and frequently heartbreaking — pictures made between 1861 and 1865, while battles raged between the North and the South.
Pictured: A former slave reveals the scars on his back from whippings before he escaped to become a Union soldier.
(see more — The Best Civil War Photos)

life:

Some of the most compelling — and frequently heartbreaking — pictures made between 1861 and 1865, while battles raged between the North and the South.

Pictured: A former slave reveals the scars on his back from whippings before he escaped to become a Union soldier.

(see moreThe Best Civil War Photos)

mothernaturenetwork:

Ancient 5200-year-old ‘takeout’ window discoveredWindow may have been used to distribute grain, lentils and beer and wine along with sling bullets.

mothernaturenetwork:

Ancient 5200-year-old ‘takeout’ window discovered
Window may have been used to distribute grain, lentils and beer and wine along with sling bullets.

Remember remember the fifth of NovemberGunpowder, treason and plot.I see no reason why gunpowder, treasonShould ever be forgot…
I LOVE Guy Fawkes night.  It’s a patriotic display of the consequences of stupid actions.  In this case: If you try to blow up the House of Parliament and kill the King, you will be hung, drawn and quartered and people will jeer at, and burn, your effigy for 400 years while celebrating the continuation of the Protestant monarchy. 
For those of you who don’t know, Guy Fawkes unsuccessfully tried to blow up the British House of Parliament and King James I in 1605 in the Gunpowder Plot in an attempt to restore the throne to a Catholic monarch.  Of course, most people forget the majority of this and just like to let off fireworks and behave like lunatics.

Remember remember the fifth of November
Gunpowder, treason and plot.
I see no reason why gunpowder, treason
Should ever be forgot…

I LOVE Guy Fawkes night.  It’s a patriotic display of the consequences of stupid actions.  In this case: If you try to blow up the House of Parliament and kill the King, you will be hung, drawn and quartered and people will jeer at, and burn, your effigy for 400 years while celebrating the continuation of the Protestant monarchy. 

For those of you who don’t know, Guy Fawkes unsuccessfully tried to blow up the British House of Parliament and King James I in 1605 in the Gunpowder Plot in an attempt to restore the throne to a Catholic monarch.  Of course, most people forget the majority of this and just like to let off fireworks and behave like lunatics.

Death by dictator
Interesting infographic, great for Social Studies and History

Death by dictator

Interesting infographic, great for Social Studies and History

maccaz91:

Quotations from Chairman Mao Tse-Tsung (1964-1976)
(Or the Little Red Book)
One of the most published books in history. There were over one billion copies of this published.

maccaz91:

Quotations from Chairman Mao Tse-Tsung (1964-1976)

(Or the Little Red Book)

One of the most published books in history. There were over one billion copies of this published.

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The Beatles Refused to Play for Segregated Audiences
"The Beatles showed their support for the US civil rights movement by  refusing to play in front of segregated audiences, a contract shows."
I think this is awesome, I’m so going to talk about this with my y10s!

The Beatles Refused to Play for Segregated Audiences

"The Beatles showed their support for the US civil rights movement by refusing to play in front of segregated audiences, a contract shows."

I think this is awesome, I’m so going to talk about this with my y10s!

revolutionizeed:

These are all really great activities for the end of class to check on student understanding and to have some sort of formal or informal assessment.

- Draw two names - You have one minute to think of a summary of today’s lesson. Two names will be drawn to summarize in thirty seconds.

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“Did it ever occur to you that the official greeter of New York, the Statue of Liberty, wasn’t always green?
Constructed in Paris in the 1880′s, the statue was made with an  exterior of untreated copper, which as many know from seeing old  neglected pennies, slowly turns green over time through oxidation (not  so the ones in your pocket as they are slowly polished through  friction). The builders of the statue clearly knew that over time the  lady would turn a dull green, but think of how it must have originally  appeared as new immigrants arrived at Ellis Island, shining a warm  welcome in the New York sun.”
It looks just a little bit freaky in my opinion.

Did it ever occur to you that the official greeter of New York, the Statue of Liberty, wasn’t always green?

Constructed in Paris in the 1880′s, the statue was made with an exterior of untreated copper, which as many know from seeing old neglected pennies, slowly turns green over time through oxidation (not so the ones in your pocket as they are slowly polished through friction). The builders of the statue clearly knew that over time the lady would turn a dull green, but think of how it must have originally appeared as new immigrants arrived at Ellis Island, shining a warm welcome in the New York sun.”

It looks just a little bit freaky in my opinion.

revolutionizeed:

lookingwidelivinglife:

I think all of these are fantastic, and not just for the first week back.

revolutionizeed:

Time Line Challenge

Print 10-12 photos from the time period you will be studying. Mix up the photographs and distribute them to random students in the classroom. Have the kids with photos head to the front and hold up their photo. Ask the rest of the class to work with those standing to correctly arrange the photos chronologically. Lead a discussion that allows kids to explain their order and to introduce future content.

It also works great to divide your class in half, give each group the same set of photos and have the two groups create “competing” timelines. Let them argue for the correct order and work to convince students in the opposing group to change sides. You might give extra credit to the group with the largest number of students. Provide the correct order and subtract points for any mistakes made by the “winning” group. Give those points to other group.

Man…I’m tempted to do this one the first day of class…

So…today was the first day of school.  I did this activity during the entire class period hoping that students would be happy to do something that wasn’t going over the rules or filling out paperwork.  It went really well and was pretty much an enlightening experience for me as I got to see how my students interact with each other, who are the leaders, who doesn’t talk much, who likes to sit back and let other take charge, who wants to get in trouble, and who knows my subject really well.  I’d recommend this activity. 

Thanks for the feedback!

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