Timely Resources

Digital Websites providing a foundation for in-depth lessons:

The resources and materials provided below are for all students. Collaboration with the special educators who serve children with disabilities at your school is encouraged to maximize the support and guidance that individual children receive.

Teacher Resources

Resource Description Teacher Account Required? Printable Limitations to Free Access?
icivic.org iCivics works to ensure every student in America receives a quality and engaging civic education and graduates from high school well prepared and enthusiastic for citizenship. Once you create an account, full access is completely free. The website includes engaging games, lessons, and printable handouts on a wide-range of civic topics. Yes, to download lesson materials Yes No
Everfi Financial literacy website that empowers students to effectively set goals, prepare for careers, and manage their financial future through interactive, real-life scenarios. Access requires teachers to set up a free account and add students who also require a free account. Yes No No
Next Gen Personal Finance Financial literacy website No, but to assign certain material to students and monitor progress an account is required Yes No
National Archives Teach with documents using online tools. Locate teachable primary sources. Find new and favorite lessons and create your own activities for your students. Check out their resource document for other free resources. No Yes No
Digital History  Technology resource for teachers and students No No No

Free Virtual Tours

Diverse Engagement Links

Black History Info to be used all year long

Carter G. Woodson and Jesse E. Mooreland founded the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History (ASNLH) to study the achievements of black Americans and people of African descent. The organization promoted black history in schools and called for the celebration of African history throughout the U.S. President Gerald Ford officially recognized Black History Month in 1976. Since that time, every American president has designated February as Black History Month.  Black history is rich, and can be taught year round.  Explore the links below as resources.

As we recall those of eminent significance, let us recognize the men and women of diversity who contributed so greatly to our country. Did you know the ironing board design was improved through a patent granted to an African American woman by the name of Sarah Boone? Did you know refrigerated freight trucks were invented by African American inventor Frederick McKinley Jones?  These two examples and a multitude of others may help to educate our students on the positive impact of black history and the role we all play in preserving the rights and privileges of each citizen in our blended American culture.

Here are just a few resources to help: 

 A collection of information from various organizations

Public Broadcasting Service

 

No-Tech/Low Tech Learning Activities

  • Interviews – Have students interview a grandparent with specific questions about significant events and people they experienced from history.
  • Timeline – Create a timeline of a current event using newspapers and news outlets on TV.
  • Scavenger Hunt – Engage in a scavenger hunt around the house. Each item on the scavenger hunt may require children to tell the story of its history. For example: grandma’s quilt – interview an adult in the home who knows all about this piece of history.
  • Census Importance – Call 10 adults in your family and explain the importance of completing the Census on April 1st. The information packet from the U.S. Census Bureau will appear in your mail with all the instructions.
  • Community Service – Plan a community service project as a family.
  • “Made In” – Create a list of 50 items in your house and write down where the item was made.
  • Elections – Create a list of all the individuals running for office from a newspaper, on TV, or from campaign signs along the road. Locate their contact information and call one or two with questions and concerns
  • Expenses – Create a list of every expense of your household for 7 days.
  • Pay Stub – Explain your most recent pay stub to your middle or high school child.
  • Budget – Create a budget with your family.
  • Income Tax – Walk your high school child through the income tax process. Discuss your W2, federal and state filing, and certain tax credits your family applied for this year to obtain a return.
  • Credit Cards – Talk to your child about credit cards. Show them your statement and talk about interest. Discuss how a credit card can improve or harm one’s credit score. Explain to them the importance of maintain good credit.
  • Personal Finance – Introduce your child to checking, savings, and the use of debit cards.
  • Census – Complete the Census with your child on April 1st.
  • Checkbooks – Balance your checkbook with your child present.
  • Documentary – Watch the documentary Food, Inc. (free on Hulu). Write down 20 things you learned from viewing this film

 

Thanks- Dustin Lambert, M.Ed. – Coordinator Middle Schools & Social Studies 6-12 –                            WVDE Office of Middle/Secondary Learning

Black History Month Resources

Black History Month

February 2020

 

Black History Month began in 1915 a half a century after the ratification of the 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Carter G. Woodson and Jesse E. Mooreland founded the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History (ASNLH) to study the achievements of black Americans and people of African descent. The organization promoted black history in schools and called for the celebration of African history throughout the U.S. President Gerald Ford officially recognized Black History Month in 1976. Since that time, every American president has designated February as Black History Month.

 

We cherish this opportunity to emphasize the contributions of each culture and person represented in our rich history as a nation. We all have a story to tell and the legacy we leave in our own communities will write our history for generations to follow.

 

As we recall those of eminent significance, let us recognize the men and women of diversity who contributed so greatly to our country. Did you know the ironing board design was improved through a patent granted to an African American woman by the name of Sarah Boone? Did you know refrigerated freight trucks were invented by African American inventor Frederick McKinley Jones?

 

These two examples and a multitude of others may help to educate our students on the positive impact of black history and the role we all play in preserving the rights and privileges of each citizen in our blended American culture.

 

Here are just a few resources to help you celebrate Black History Month in your classroom throughout the month.

  

A collection of information from various organizations

https://www.africanamericanhistorymonth.gov/for-teachers/

 

https://www.history.com/news/9-black-inventors-african-american

 

http://www.nea.org/tools/lessons/bhm-curriculum-resources-gradesK-5.html

 

 

Public Broadcasting Service

https://www.pbs.org/black-culture/educational-resources/

 

https://www.pbs.org/newshour/extra/tag/black-history-month/page/3/

Countering Hate With Education

Countering Hate With Education

Auschwitz flyer

Education transforms lives. The International March of The Living provides leadership in Holocaust education, strengthens education systems worldwide, and responds to contemporary global challenges through education. A major theme is human rights. We believe education is a tool to prevent violent extremism. We are witnessing a rise in anti-Semitic attacks worldwide. In response, we are scheduling an international live streamed broadcast from Auschwitz sponsored by The Miller Center for Community Protection and Resilience at Rutgers University, on April 20th at 5 PM Poland time.

Effectively communicating the messages of the Holocaust becomes increasingly challenging with time. The passing of survivors and the increase in anti-Semitism make this all the more important.

Please reference the link below and the attached flyer for more information.

https://motl.org/from-the-gates-of-auschwitz-countering-hate-through-education/

 

The views and opinions expressed herein are those of the author or organization represented and do not necessarily reflect the views of the WVDE, or its employees.

 

Best Regards,

Dustin Lambert, M.Ed.

Coordinator

Middle Schools & Social Studies 6-12

WVDE Office of Middle/Secondary Learning

Building 6, Room 221

1900 Kanawha Boulevard, East

Charleston, WV 25305-0330

304.558.5325 P

304.558.1834 F

dllambert@k12.wv.us

wvde.state.wv.us

Activities to start the year

https://doingsocialstudies.com/2016/08/08/five-great-back-to-school-ideas-for-social-studies-teachers/

https://www.weareteachers.com/7-simple-social-studies-activities-incorporate-reading-writing/

https://www.educationworld.com/a_lesson/lesson/lesson243.shtml

http://www.jumpstart.com/parents/activities/social-studies-activities

https://www.discoveryeducation.com/

https://www.teachingchannel.org/blog/2014/08/07/fresh-ideas-for-social-studies

 

Council for the Social Studies conference

ON BEHALF OF THE WEST VIRGINIA COUNCIL FOR THE SOCIAL STUDIES

The West Virginia Council for the Social Studies will hold their fourth annual conference this month. This year, the conference is being held at Ripley High School on Saturday, September 29. Registration will begin at 8:30 and sessions will begin at 9:00. There will be five sessions with 2-3 presentations occurring during the session, so attendees can pick the most applicable session in that time period. Lunch is $10 and will be catered by a local catering company in Ripley. The conference will conclude at approximately 4:00

 

Participants should register at the following website.

https://tinyurl.com/wvcssregistration2018

 

Anyone with questions should contact Matthew Cox at MDCox@mail.kana.k12.wv.us

Matthew D. Cox

Social Studies & Spanish Teacher

Capital High School

President, West Virginia Council for the Social Studies