New year, new goals

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We believe that an important part of Social Studies is teaching children real life skills, such as map reading and critical thinking skills, for example.

Today’s post emphasizes the need for setting and achieving realistic goals. This can be difficult for many people who often are too vague or too broad, leaving them overwhelmed and failing.

We designed this lesson many years ago for our 9th graders and have had much success over the years with all grade levels.

Our Five Goals assignment is ready for your classroom use today, let us know what you think!

For Love of Liberty, a new PBS special

A new PBS documentary For Love of Liberty: The Story of America’s Black Patriots, details the military contributions of African Americans.

The U.S. Army created an edited 25-minute version of the film and corresponding high school and college facilitator guides.  The materials, structured to fit a classroom timeframe, are versatile and can compliment studies in American history, civics, social studies and ROTC programs.

Two professors holding PhD’s in curriculum development created the facilitator guides.  These guides define course outcomes, general information, important facts and post viewing questions for each chapter.

The chapters of the film are divided according to wars, which allow educators the option to adapt the materials to fit specific topical discussions.  The 25-minute version can be shown in its entirety or according to appropriate content.  Either way, educators can customize the video footage to support several presentation formats.

We are lucky enough to have access to each chapter and accompanying questions for both high school and college.

Chapter 1: Introduction

Chapter 2: The Revolution

Chapter 3: The Civil War

Chapter 4: WWI

Chapter 5: WWII

Chapter 6: The Korean War

Chapter 7: The Vietnam War

Chapter 8: The Middle East

Chapter 9: Conclusion



Economics explained in “Why Play Leap Frog, 1949″

This Technicolor cartoon explains how increased wages based on increased productivity bring about increased purchasing power.

The concepts covered include cost of living, production of goods, cost analysis, purchasing power and efficiency.

Although best suited for an economics class, this simple break-down of how goods are made and priced would be illuminating for any social studies course.

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