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- Downey, CA
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Students investigate the context, issues, important people, and outcomes of the Civil Rights movement of the 1950's and 1960's. They attempt to answer the essential question, "Would the Civil Rights movement of the 1950's and 60's have happened if Martin Luther King, Jr. had never been born?" They research primary and secondary sources.
Students examine the issues facing children in society. In groups, they participate in a simulation to discover the lack of connection between child-support and how it affects the children and society as a whole. To end the instructional activity, they also examine the emotional effects on the children and how to solve the problem.
Young scholars discuss the importance of taking care of their water supply so not only they can use it but generations in the future. In groups, they examine a real pollution scenario in which a sewer overflowed into the ground water. They use the Internet to research how water is tested and what they can do to conserve the amount of water they use each day.
Teens explore economics by listening to a labor history lecture and an excerpt from Looking Backward, by Edward Bellamy. A detailed outline is provided for the lecture, along with follow up and assessment questions. In groups, they discuss how a theoretical situation might be governed in 1890 and in 1990. This is a though-provoking lesson that could be used seasonally around Labor Day.
Students examine the role of money in the colonial economy by participating in a trading activity. In this colonial economy activity, students complete an activity to learn about colonial trade and what happens when there is a lack of money. Students research the difficulties associated with barter and read a booklet "Benjamin Franklin and the Birth of a Paper Money Economy" to learn about Franklin's role for money in the economy. Students study land banks and inflation.
Students watch a video about wild stallions and conduct research about wild horses and wildlife photography. Students explore the relationships between animals and humans and conduct Internet research about the treatment of wild horses in the United States. Students create a mock newscast about their findings.
Students are introduced to the study of economics, including an introduction to basic business types and systems. They investigate about international, national and California history as they take a historical tour of cooperatives and how they have evolved into the business structures that exist today. Students open a business of their own choosing and experience the business world first-hand as classmates act as consumers.
Teaching current events can be an amazingly-rewarding part of your teaching week. This resource presents twenty-five ways to incorporate current events into your curriculum. It offers some outstanding ideas, such as providing your learners with a list of things they must find on the front page of a newspaper.