September 10, 2017
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Bring Social Studies To Life in Your Classroom
September offers us many reasons to focus on Social Studies with all ages of students. Constitution Day, Patriot Day (the anniversary of 9/11), and the beginning of the Supreme Court all make September a month to learn from the past and about the present in the classroom.
Constitution Day by National Constitution Center
If you are celebrating Constitution Day in your classroom, this site is a must-see! Find lesson plans, interactives, resources for students, and more. Take the quiz to find out which founding father you resemble most. Share with your students.
Teach + Learn: National September 11 Memorial and Museum
Educate your students about this traumatic event in American history which occurred before most of our students were even born. Find interactives, timelines, lesson plans, primary sources, and more. Read our full review for tech integration ideas.
Let your students experience September 11, 2001. Learn about the victims and their families. Read stories, view photos, and watch videos. On 9/11, share segments of this site with your students and allow time for group discussions.
As you prepare for Constitution Day, use this as your GO TO site for information. Learn about the U.S. Constitution and the amendments. Don't miss the biographies of each of the founding fathers. Find more classroom inspiration in our full review.
TeachersFirst's Content to Commemorate Historic September Events
Our curated lists of reviewed resources related to Constitution Day and September 11th includes a booklist related to civics: voting, creating laws, enforcing laws, and the underlying principles of democracy.
CurriConnects Booklist: By The People
Find U.S. government-themed books for all ages! Encourage students to select independent reading (and informational text) from this list as part of a citizenship unit, as a focus for Constitution Day, or in a civics/government class.
TeachersFirst's September 11 Resources
Find TeachersFirst's top picks for commemorating September 11th with our curated list of reviewed resources - with options for all grade levels. Spend time exploring our list to find a site appropriate to share with your students.
Constitution Day Resources - Special Topics Collection
Find sites to share with elementary, middle, and high school students in this collection of resources related to Constitution Day. Along with a detailed description of each site, find classroom ideas included in every review.
Supreme Court - Established September 24, 1789
Navigate this trio of Supreme Court resources for upper elementary through high school grades. Explore the interactives, learn about some pivotal cases in history, and take a virtual tour of the U.S. Supreme Court.
The Supreme Court: Games
Bring GBL (game-based learning) to your government classes with these interactives from PBS. Learn about civil rights rulings, the constitution, the symbols used by the court, and more. Topical quizzes are included.
Teach your students about landmark Supreme Court cases at this interactive site. There are five historical court cases for students to argue. Students take on the role of a lawyer and represent one side in the case using supporting documents.
Oyez: Supreme Court Tour
Court is now in session! This virtual tour (360-degree panoramic views) of the U.S. Supreme Court allows you to zoom in and out and move around each room. Take your students on this virtual field trip, for free!
This Week at TeachersFirst
Our Fall 2017 OK2Ask® sessions are open for registration and include 5 new workshops! Be sure to tell us about your soical studies curriculum in this week's poll. And, registration for our Fall Book Study ends soon - don't delay, register today!
What is your vote?
How much of your social studies curriculum focuses on government and/or the constitution?
Register today! Space is limited!
Fall Book Study
Our Fall 2017 Book Study starts next week! Join us as we read and dissect "The Relevant Educator: How Connectedness Empowers Learning" by digital experts Tom Whitby and Steven W. Anderson. Explore new ways to integrate technology into your classroom.
OK2Ask fall schedule
Free Virtual Workshops
Our Fall 2017 virtual workshop schedule is now available. The autumn season kicks off with 3 Cool Tools to Amp Up Collaboration. October workshops include SAMR, Media Literacy in the Classroom, Breakout EDU, OneNote, Google Earth Web, and more.
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