Teacher Information - Social Studies
Follow the links to find out everything you could possibly want to about the work we will do in the Social Studies class!
Here is a link to the latest Massachusetts framework for Social Studies. When it gets revised, let's pray that it gets slimmed down...
I teach through a series of projects. The projects have multiple linguistic, artistic, musical and presentation goals. Students get to explore their multiple intelligences through the projects. The subjects covered are:
A primer in World History - based around 'Guns, Germs and Steel' by Jared Diamond.
Native Americans and European Explorers
Colonies and American Revolution
Westward Expansion (I don't usually get to this!!)
Detailed plans for each project appear on the Teacher Planning page at the appropriate time.
Links to Web resources
Here is Mr Nussbaum.com's easy version of the story of the European explorers.
Read about the first encounter between Pizarro and the Incas leader, Atahualpa. We ask, 'how was it possible for under 200 Spanish soldiers to defeat an empire of millions?'
PBS website linked to the series we use for the American Revolution work.
Here are some maps we'll be using in class to show the early action in the Revolutionary War.
My class made this website in 2015.
Other interesting Social Studies sites...
Maps of the great Mongol Empire that led to the era of European Exploration that led to the founding of the United States of America....
Follow the link to see original World maps dated between 1086 to 1430, including links to Hereford's amazing Mappa Mundi...
Mr Nussbaum's site for outline maps that students can use after signing up at the site. Pretty cool!
Read these graphs and diagrams and see what scientists have found about the state of our World...
This resource was sent to me by Sarah Washington. Thanks Sarah!