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social studies

You have often expressed to me the difficulty our students have interpreting GED readings and other test items in Social Studies. Following are resources that might give you a hand.

Charts, Graphs, and Maps


UCATLAS - This site is a gem when it comes to introducing students to how to read maps, charts and graphs.

Other Links

Political Cartoons

political cartoon

Well, those will get you started and lead you into further exploration on this challenging topic.

QUICK TIPS (Windows 7)

Computer with key

Record steps taken on your computer - Click the Start button and type psr to open the Problem Steps Recorder. This tool can capture step by step (even take screenshots) of what a person is doing. When you stop the recording, the session is bundled as an MHTML file and compressed for easy emailing back to a support techie if that is what you want. (An MHTML file is an IE-only HTML variant.) Alternatively, you may want to use the Snipping Tool for teaching or for other purposes to suit your fancy. If you don't see the Snipping Tool listed when you click on Start, then continue to Accessories, where you'll find it listed. When the tool opens, just drag the cursor around the part of the screen that you want to capture, and it's a done deal.

Create Sticky Notes - I use Sticky Notes increasingly to keep tasks in front of me on a daily basis. They look like sticky notes and you can create as many as you want, wherever you are. Right click the note to choose different colors if you wish.



When teaching at a distance, grade reporting can be a challenge. I use http://www.engrade.com/ to post my grades for students at a distance. Then I give students access to their own grades so that they can keep up with their progress. I also give the distance facilitator authority to check and report student grades. Engrade is not as robust or as flexible as some grade books, but it has enough to suit me: categories, grade items, and options to use them. Best of all? It's free!


(You might want to post these on a wall for students to interpret! Encourage them to develop their critical-thinking skills. Post riddles and other puzzles on walls, too.)

A. This came across my desk this week. Take your time looking at the words until you find the answer to "What do these words have in common?" (And it's not that each has at least one doubled letter.)

1. Banana
2. Dresser
3. Grammar
4. Potato
5. Revive
6. Uneven
7. Assess

B. Truer words were never imaged. Two sides of the same thought.

teach and learn

C. What phrase does the image depict?


D. Your turn. Create a message and hide it among letters in a word search.


More Recommended Resources

http://www.anatomyarcade.com/ - Anatomy Arcade makes basic human anatomy come ALIVE through awesome free flash games, interactives and videos. Anatomy Arcade is perfect for the novice teenager in the classroom, right through to students and professionals of health care looking for a fun way to review. If you teach health topics or have students who are interested in knowing more about their bodies, this is a great site with vast resources on human anatomy, which even include games.

http://pilotincolorado.wordpress.com/ - Shirley Penn from Morgan Community College has posted her first blog! It discusses a topic of great interest, discussed at CAEPA this year: databases! Check out her blog giving more details about the pilot project that she and Julie Oliver are running on a program from Literacy Pro called Laces.

Why not start your own blog? It is a simple and easy process that takes 5-10 minutes to set up, and it's free!


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