For The Social Studies Teachers out there...
Call it a starter kit for social studies teachers if you want. What you have here are activities and lessons from what is typically the beginning units of the school year.
But I want to clear the air here first. My lessons aren’t exactly the most formalized lessons that educators typically run across. There’s a structure to it, but mostly they’re lessons as I would write them. You’ll see side comments and other considerations throughout...and maybe a few typos, sorry.
Also, my mentality when designing and coming up with activities is to think about how to make it a little more entertaining than usual as well as trying to make it easier on the teacher. I’m a big believer in “if the teacher is working harder than the students, then something is wrong.” Teachers have too much on their plates anyway so I’ve always had one eye on keeping the work on the students’ end.
Because of this, a lot of what I do is project and task oriented. You won't find a lot of worksheets or packets for students. A lot of the work involves computers or other electronic devices. At the international school I worked at in Aruba, my students regularly brought in their own devices/laptops. I encouraged it and had great success with my students. It must be said as well that the websites I use are not my own so please check the links prior to the lesson.
So I hope you can sort through my stuff and be able to pick and choose what works best for your classes. After all, nobody knows your classes better than you. I’m just here to hopefully help you along the way!