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Religion is such an important aspect of the development of a civilization! The resources in this set were designed to cover the key facts that will help build great discussions and a fundamental understanding of cultural behaviors. This engaging, Common Core, comparing religions activity bundle is loaded with versatility and fun, including:
⭐ A Why Learn About Religion? World Religions Map Activity. This comes with a comparing religions map, questions, and an answer key (exclusive to this bundle).
⭐ World Religion Stations Activity Set and Comparing Religions Mingle - A brand new World Religions Stations activity with great graphics! Students interpret maps & charts and read about holy books, places of worship, beliefs about God/s, similarities, differences and number of adherents worldwide!
⭐ A two-page reading and fact sheet covering the basics of the religions of Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Hinduism and Buddhism. The reading covers, religious texts, prophets, basic beliefs, key branches of each religion and symbols (exclusive to this bundle).
⭐ A matching vocabulary lesson for key vocabulary about all five major religions. Includes an answer key (exclusive to this bundle)!
⭐ A comparison similarity and difference chart for Judaism, Christianity, and Islam and for Buddhism and Hinduism (exclusive to this bundle).
⭐ A fun, versatile, Wager This! Class Game to play, used with key vocabulary (exclusive to this bundle).
⭐ Buddhism: A two-page reading, Common Core printable worksheet, answer key and fun Tweet Assignment extension activity.
⭐ Hinduism: A two-page reading, Common Core printable worksheet with answer key and a fun iPad graphic organizer
⭐ A Hinduism and Buddhism Comparison Activity Chart with answer key
⭐ Christianity three page Close Reading, graphic organizer, and worksheet.
⭐ Judaism two Close Reading, graphic organizer, and worksheet.
⭐ Understanding Islam two page Close Reading and paper driven e-mail a religious leader activity.
⭐ A newscast! This aligns with the Common Core speaking and listening requirements. it comes with an explanation handout, teacher notes, and rubric!
⭐ Lasting Effects of Protestant Reformation and Renaissance Spread of Christianity Close Reading, Map Activity and Annotated Timeline!
⭐ World Religions Class Mingle activity was added to get your students up and moving while learning about all five major world religions!
⭐ A 30 question editable test in Google Forms and in Word! The test covers the basic from all five major religions.
⭐ A Quizlet link with all of the same information from student graphic organizers to be used in class or for students to study at home!
Document-based questions (DBQs) are the meat and potatoes of high school history classes and AP courses. These essay or short-answer questions require students to construct a response after inspecting provided historical documents. As new standards prescribe more evidence-based thinking and less rote memorization. Get your students investigating history with this versatile document based questions for US history resource packet. Save big by buying a bundle! Individually this packet would cost $32.00.
This Common Core resource packet has 8 mini-DBQ’s that are designed to be similar to the New York Regents exam. Each DBQ is divided into a primary source document analysis and a written response section. Here’s what’s included with each DBQ:
1.A focus writing response question prominently on each page.
Historical background introduction followed by a DBQ student task list.
2. 5-8 varied primary source and secondary source documents with short answer questions (example primary sources included in the bundle are letters, speeches, political cartoons, government documents, magazine pictures, eulogies, obituaries and historical document excerpts).
3. Answer keys for short answer questions.
4. 3 writing response options so teachers can choose by class level or teaching preference. Each option includes instructional materials.
5. Student writing templates for each writing response option that both include stem sentences and do not.
6. Guided practice writing worksheets and a commentary stem sentence printable.
The DBQ’s included in the packet are:
1. The American Revolution– What were the political, social and economic reasons that led the colonists to rebel in 1776?
2. Constitution: In what way was the Constitution a superior document to the Article of Confederation?
3. The New Nation: Which of the first five Presidents left the most enduring legacy?
4. Westward Expansion-In what ways did moving west have an affect on Native American populations?
5. North and South– To what extent did slavery divide the North and South over time making Civil War inevitable?
6.Civil War– In what ways did the original Constitution lead America to Civil War?
7. Reconstruction– To what extent was Radical Reconstruction fair or unfair?
8. Industrial Revolution– What impact did the Industrial Revolution have on the United States?
Not ready for the entire bundle? Check out all our DBQ lessons here!
These content rich activities are student centered and interactive. Depending on which one you choose, each activity has 6-11 stations with close readings and primary sources detailing the geography, achievements, social classes, leadership, economy and religion of a particular era / region.
Readings come with pictures, charts and maps. Questions and interactive mini activities are underneath the reading AND on a separate worksheet for teacher choice. Teacher instructions are included with different activity ideas with Common Core readings.
Great news! Many of our stations feature a Google Classroom online reading investigation option. Students can read independently and complete a graphic organizer or answer the questions at the bottom of the reading. This is a great way to cover all the bases in a digital Interactive Notebook format!
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World History includes both Ancient and Medieval history lesson plans and complete unit packets. In the Ancient history and Medieval history curriculum you will find lesson plans and activities that support inquiry-based learning through evidence-driven literacy and writing that aligns with Common Core.
Our student-centered Social Science lessons teach students to analyze social studies content by using the key the concepts of geography, economy, achievements, religion, social classes and government. Students use academic vocabulary, in highly engaging, fun history investigations, interactive Google ready content, visually rich graphic organizer resources and thematic assignments.
US History includes content rich, primary source-driven United States history lessons and activities. Students use critical thinking, in our skill-based lessons that have student analyze historical documents, charts and primary resources. Our U.S. History units are also key concept based. Students analyze the growth and challenges faced by the United States through the use of the key concepts of federalism, republicanism government, diversity, territorial expansion, rights and liberties, labor systems and economy. A common theme throughout our lessons is that students support claims with evidence from secondary and primary source text.
There is nothing like the sound of students working hard on an assignment the minute class has begun. What is that sound? Silence! Our Investigation History warm-ups or bell-ringers are skill-based content rich mini-lessons! Instructomania created these to enforce skills that my colleagues and I felt students were just not getting. Each Warm-Up is Key Concepts for history based (political development, social and cultural development, economic development and geographic expansion) and skill focused.
First, students review skills such as finding strong evidence to support claims, writing good commentary, citing evidence in various ways and paraphrasing. Then, students practice the skill by analyzing primary sources text, secondary source text, and maps with a multiple choice question per day. Answers and explanations are a click away!
Here's what's included:
⭐A 25-page Warm-Up Google Slide Show with answers that appear on click.
⭐A student-driven interactive review link! In this option, the answers have been removed so students review unit content individually or in a group by dragging a star to the correct answer!
How to Use Bell Work Time Effectively…
Prepare the other assignments for the day’s lesson
Pass back homework, quizzes, and other assignments
Relax and enjoy the quiet 😊
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These Warm-Ups are also included in:
⭐ US History Year in Warm-Ups Skill Based, Mini Lessons, Bell Ringers Bundle
⭐ US History Year in Curriculum Mega Bundle Common Core Grades 6-8 Activities
⭐ US Colonies Bundle Common Core Grades 6-8 Activities
⭐ US Colonies Unit Warm-Ups Skill Based, Mini Lessons, Bell Ringers Activities
⭐ American Revolution Unit Warm-Ups Skill Based, Mini Lessons, Bell Ringers
⭐ New Nation Unit Warm-Ups Skill Based, Mini Lessons, Bell Ringer Activities
⭐ Westward Expansion or Manifest Destiny Warm-Ups Skill Based, Mini Lessons
⭐ Worlds of North and South Pre-Civil War Warm-Ups Skill Based, Mini Lessons
⭐ Civil War Warm-Ups Skill Based, Mini Lessons or Bell Ringer Activities
⭐ Industrial Revolution Warm-Ups Skill Based, Mini Lessons, Bell Ringer Activities
⭐ US Constitution Unit Warm-Ups Skill Based, Mini Lessons, Bell Ringer Activities
These fun doodle note themed two page graphic organizers are used with a free, engaging Whiteboard Animation Style YouTube video created by Instructomania. The video series can be located at:
Each video 8-10 minutes long and divided into three sections. Students do all of the following:
►Learn about and map the key geographical features of Ancient Greece
►Play a fun game that has students track an animal on the map and reveal its final destination in the region
►Discover how geography shaped the lives of the people. Students support a claim with evidence from the geography video
►Learn about the types of people who lived in the civilization
An answer key is included! This activity can be done individually in a Google 1:1 classroom or as a class via projector. Your students are guaranteed to love it!
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About Instructomania with Mr. & Mrs. P:
World History includes both Ancient and Medieval history lesson plans and complete unit packets. In the Ancient history and Medieval history curriculum you will find lesson plans and activities that support inquiry-based learning through evidence-driven literacy and writing that aligns with Common Core. Our student-centered Social Science lessons teach students to analyze social studies content by using the key the concepts of geography, economy, achievements, religion, social classes and government. Students use academic vocabulary, in highly engaging, fun history investigations, interactive Google ready content, visually rich graphic organizer resources and thematic assignments.
The last thing you want your students to do is stop paying attention in class. Even the dullest subject or most information packed lecture can be spruced up by adding an interactive element to your lesson. Replacing your chalkboard or whiteboard with a large, interactive display may be the best tool in your arsenal. Here are some creative ways that you to quickly bring your students’ attention back up to speed.
Interactivity breaks up the traditional lecture
Lectures are useful when you have a lot of material to cover, but we understand that temptation to start dozing off. Today’s students respond better and retain more when that information is broken down into smaller, more manageable chunks.
By inserting moments for your students to come up and point out or interact directly with the board, it keeps the pace of your lesson moving along nicely, giving your students time to process what you have talked about so far, and getting them involved and moving again before going back to new information.
Current trends peak student interest
Current trends usually prompt a sense of curiosity and interest, which can keep your students more involved in your lecture as they watch and learn not only the information you are giving them, but how you are using the tools on hand. More visual elements that come with the latest educational technology are also designed to appeal to different learning types. Students who are more visual or hands on learners will gain a great deal more from a more interactive classroom.
Have them come up and present their answers and write out their answers or calculations on the screen. Their marks and annotations show up instantly and for the whole class to see. This way, the entire class can also work together to produce the right answers, fostering discussion.
Instructomania resources to consider are:
Instructomania Google-ready Lesson Plans
Instructomania US History Bundles
Instructomania World History Bundles
Instructomania History Stations
Instructomania has over 700 interactive middle school lesson plans for your classroom! We’ve selected our top 3 best-sellers:
CNN Student News Common Core
NEWSELA Common Core
Ancient Mesopotamia Stations
We've created a student approved "World Domination Geography" game complete with a fun, interactive class video! This game is right up goofy late-Elementary to Middle School alley, complete with a flying cat superhero and a laser shooting villain. Students acquire points by answering geography questions correctly and it's low-risk since a map is provided. We will be developing a series of videos over the summer, so please be sure and check our TpT storefront and Facebook page for updates!
Google Earth in The Classroom
I was hooked the first time I spun the world on its axis. Fascinated, I quickly zoomed into my house in Encinitas, California. I could see my kids trampoline in the backyard! Then, I flew the the Colosseum in Rome, Italy. I was able to actually view the gladiatorial battleground in the center! I flew to the the Arabian Desert, the Euphrates River, the Amazon and Mt. Fuji. By the end of my 3 minute travel romp I concluded that Google Earth was far more exciting and relevant than the map in the back of our textbook. I love maps, I mean I really love maps, but a colorful topographical map can’t come close to the real thing!
I immediately started working on a completely Google Geography lesson. I knew I wanted to use Google Earth and Google Maps combined with snapshots from satellite pictures that I have been using for years. As a transition from World History-ending with the Exploration unit, I decided to give my students a preview of US history with a completely Google classroom friendly US Physical Geography Exploration and Scavenger Hunt. I worked on it for about 3 nights and nervously pushed it down to my Google classroom the next to last day of school. I knew it would be a gamble since the students typically clock out those last days, but they too were hooked. They did exactly what I did! They zoomed into their houses first, of course! But then, they started to explore America. Students dragged labeled features, placed titles, read about the first colonies and flew to key features in Google Earth. They were excited, talking to each other about what they were seeing, using words like “cool” and “sick”. In the end, the average score on the US Physical Geography Google Forms test was 92 percent! A sweet student-centered activity success!
Of course there were a few bumps that needed to be smoothed over, explanations needed to be clearer and more prominently displayed with graphics, the order of operations was tweaked and a few items were completely omitted. But, in the end I knew I had something worthwhile, engaging and proven effective. In an instant my summer plans were carved out for me. I had created 13 Google Earth Geography Scavenger Hunts with Instruction and Quizzes and they have become some of our best-selling products! Introduce your students to these fun, interactive and informative lesson plans!
From the first $2.00 purchase on our TpT storefront and the consequent positive feedback we were hooked on the Teachers Pay Teachers website! I remember frantically posting everything I've ever made and mistakenly not charging for any of it! When feedback started pouring in I was both very pleased and shocked that people gave their honest, sometimes brutal opinion about something that was free. I quickly learned that the quality of products we offer had to match the pride that teachers take in their classrooms.
Now we have been posting history and science products on TpT for the past 6 years! This summer I found myself still scouring through files editing and revising improving and re-mastering. Even now from time to time I open a file in gasp because it just doesn't reflect the growth in my curriculum design ability.
So what's the best thing about TpT? (well, it’s actually difficult to narrow down the benefits down to just ONE element), but all those customers that bought things for the past 6 years were sent brand-new and improved files for which to start their new year. They received new common core resources, updated current content files and more activities from which to choose. Some of my same followers that bought 6 resources for just $10 were sent up to 36 resources at no extra charge. This is something that no publishing company or textbook manufacturer could even imagine. The difference is that as a fellow teacher I know you deserve better, higher quality resources.
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A few summers ago, I read Blink by Malcolm Gladwell. I learned about the power of the subconscious and how simple, suggestive words can greatly influence attitude and behavior. I immediately made about 40 signs that constantly reinforce behaviors I want in the classroom. They were all positive, in fact, one of them was the word positive. Others that still hang on my classroom walls are:
Hardworking, Focused, Attentive, I Can, Respect, Successful, Achieve, Responsible, Organized, and Appreciative.
The signs were a constant reminder for me to reinforce my students but also I learned that by merely putting these sings on the wall, the students would perceive my expectations before I even said them. As Malcolm's research suggested, I noticed subtle changes in my classroom almost immediately. Like most teachers, I have learned that positive and encouraging words are far more effective than negative ones even if the outcome was not successfully achieved. Still, I make mistakes…
Last year I had this great idea...since there is such an obvious connection between homework completion and test scores, I decided I was going to write down the test scores and homework completion percentages by class. I thought “what could be better than data driven results?” I mean after all, shouldn't students learn from other students what works? Of course, the higher achieving classes felt validated and continued to work hard on homework and thus to better on tests. With that said, I'm sure you already know what happened to the lower achieving class. While it wasn't intended, the message was clear to them. They said where the “dumb class” and I heard a student say that I just didn't like them.
Really? How could such a fact based piece of information so wasn't such an emotional response? Needless to say, I stopped writing homework and test statistics on the board. Now, I've verbally celebrate progress, improvements and hard work are reinforced by saying things like “oh my gosh this class is so awesome, we almost had 100% completion of the homework last night. I love how hard-working as class is!" Or, if that's simply not true, I say something directly to an individual group within earshot of the rest the class. I’d say, “this group always does such a great job turning in homework. Thanks so much for your hard work!” The thing about it is, while it's emotional and not data driven, students feel better hearing it and I feel better saying it. It's so easy to get bogged down and what students aren't doing and get sucked into the vortex of negative discipline, but positive reinforcement is proven time and time again to get better results. It's even true with colleagues. I've had so many principals over the years. The best ones make teachers feel good about what they're doing right now, not what they are doing wrong.
Positive energy inspires! Thanks for the reminder Malcom.