What Makes a Group?
Middle schoolers review the different groups in "A Patchwork of Ethnic Minorities," one of the inset maps, and examine different ways that people can be organized in
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What Kind of Citizen & Community Member Are You?
What makes an ideal citizen? How can we as individuals do to impact our communities in a positive way? Discuss this important concept with your class with an interactive, creative activity and follow-up role play.
8th - 11th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
Interpreting the Constitution: What Does That Mean?
Here is a fantastic lesson on the Supreme Court's role as interpreters of the Constitution. Class members review past cases involving the Eighth and Fifth Amendment and evaluate as a group whether they would consider those situations as...
6th - 12th Social Studies & History CCSS: Designed
What Makes Our Community Special?
Young sociologists take a look at what factors make a community special. They work together in groups to create a PowerPoint presentation about their own community's uniqueness. Digital photographs and slides which portray special events...
6th - 9th Social Studies & History
What Makes Things Cool?
Who decides what's cool and what's not? A short video examines Raymond Loewy's universal theory of cool, the MAYA theory that suggests that ideas that are the Most Advanced Yet Acceptable (MAYA) are perceived as cool. Viewers learn how...
4 mins 6th - 12th Social Studies & History
Introduction to Europe's Languages & Religions
The question posed to the class is, "What makes a group?" The answer to that question results in a better understanding of the nature of culture. Race, location, religion, language, and group identification are explored as children pair...
6th - 8th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable