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Not only on this page will you find Educational Articles that I’ve written on my blog and products specifically made to help your students learn what they need to in Social Studies; but I’ve put together for you this FREE Social Studies Teaching Guide that covers:

  • The Rosetta Stone
  • Maps & Globes Interactive Notebook Freebie, and
  • Vocab Strategies

Best of Teaching Social Studies Educational Article Blog Posts

How often do you feel like teaching Social Studies to your students is hard work in and of itself…but it shouldn’t be!

I have a lot of educational articles that cover current strategies, micro-lessons, and online trainings; all to help you teach Social Studies in your classroom.

Here are a few to get you started. 

New to Teaching Social Studies? Start with these Educational Blog Post Articles…

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Watch How to Teach Social Studies Videos

Integrating Writing into Social Studies

Developing Summative Writing Assessments

10 Interactive Activities to Use at the End of the School Year

As testing ends and the school year winds down, teachers have a hard time keeping students focused. If your last month of school is like mine, you probably have already taught all the standards except social studies. Textbooks need to be collected (except...

How to Use Interactive Notebooks as Reading Support

 Interactive notebooks seem to be a love/hate issue with teachers. At first, I just thought they would waste a lot of class time. What I didn't realize was how much they would increase student engagement or how I could use them to support the content in...

10 Must-Have Nonfiction Books for Every Elementary Classroom

Are you having trouble getting some students to read? For your fiction lovers, there are so many popular series right now - Harry Potter, the Hunger Games, and Percy Jackson to name a few.Some of your reluctant readers might prefer nonfiction. While there is...

The Ultimate Popular Music Guide for American History

Do you want to hook your students on American history?  Integrating music into social studies can be a great way to get kids interested in history.  Teachers can use both songs from the time period and songs about historical events.  Songs can be used as an...

Improve Number Sense Quickly with Shut the Box

Is your class working on building number sense?  Shut the Box is the perfect game to play to build addition and subtraction skills.  It also helps students understand "part part whole."  Even better, you can modify the game layout of Shut the Box to...

How to Use Interactive Notebooks as Formative Assessment

When I first started using interactive notebooks, I really wondered how to vary the types of formative assessments.  The summative assessments were easy - a quiz or a chapter test.  The main type of formative assessment that I could find was grading students'...

Hidden Gems: Fever, 1793

I think most language arts teachers have a few go-to books that they use to integrate subjects.  When  get to the post-Revolutionary War period and need a historical fiction novel, I reach for Fever, 1793 by Laurie Halse Anderson.   The story takes place in...

Hidden Gems: The Lincoln Project

Have you ever gotten to the point where you have read everything in all of your favorite series and are just desperate to find a new one?   I really hope I am not the only one who feels this way.  I recently had to go to the book store to get a study guide...

Hidden Gems: Children of the Dustbowl

For me, one of my absolutely favorite times of the day is read aloud time.  Sometimes I have students make suggestions, but other times I picked the book.  Hidden Gems is a new blog series that will feature great read alouds and mentor texts that students...

How to Use Interactive Notebooks in Social Studies

After years of teaching online, I returned to the classroom a few years ago.  I had read so many blog posts about interactive notebooks, but I just couldn’t get myself to use them.  I mean, just how did those teachers get the kids to cut and...

How to Integrate Opinion Writing into Social Studies Part 2

We recently worked on a project that integrated text-based writing with Florida history.  In this post, you will learn how the students formed an opinion, selected their evidence, and wrote their final essays. This project helped students both learn Florida...

Fall Fun – A Lesson Deli Linky!

  Holy cow! Can you believe that we are already in November?  This school year is flying by! Are you looking for some terrific resources?  The Lesson Deli is sponsoring weekly linkys.  This week we are featuring fall-themed products. My school does not really...

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