Why Do People Save?
Middle schoolers identify ways in which they can save and spend their money. They discover why people save money and calculate simple interest. They discuss the costs and benefits of saving.
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Why Do I Want All This Stuff?
How do advertisers influence consumers? The big idea here is that once consumers understand the factors that influence their desire for a product or service, they are better able to consider substitute and/or complementary products.
6th - 10th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
Why Do Governments Exist? Locke, Hobbes, Montesquieu, and Rousseau
Here is a great secondary source reading that includes the primary ideas and philosophies of the famed Enlightenment philosophers: Thomas Hobbes, John Locke, Charles Montesquieu, and Jean-Jacques Rousseau. In additional to discussing...
7th - 12th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
Civil Rights Biography: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Why do schools and government offices close one day every January to honor the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.? Young learners discover the achievements and lasting significance of this influential figure in American history with...
3rd - 6th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
Five W’s and One H Activity for Events and People of the Indian Removal
What did Andrew Jackson have to do with the Indian Removal Act? Learn more about a pivotal moment in American history with a jigsaw activity. Learners from each group choose different historical figures and/or events to research, then...
8th - 12th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
Why Do People Join Cults?
It's easy to dismiss cult members as being brainwashed by a charismatic leader, but the process of being recruited into a cult is much more complicated than that. Learn more about the ways cults use an extreme ideology and sophisticated...
6 mins 6th - 12th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
Immigration: Why Come to the United States?
Don't limit your curriculum to texts! Young historians listen to a song, read an interview, and examine a cartoon as they explore motivations for immigrating to the US in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
6th - 8th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
Where Do People Move To Or From?
Students identify countries of origin of their ancestors, graph patterns of migration to the U.S. and Hawaii, then utilize oral history as a primary document by interviewing their ancestors or parents to explain why they moved to their...
4th - 7th Social Studies & History