As students leave grade school and transition to high school, the social studies curriculum begins to change, and by the high school years, focuses primarily on history. However, lesson plans in the middle school years still have a strong social studies core, and emphasize learning about the US governement, the diverse cultures of the world, and the world's geography. There is also a strong current events theme, designed to help student's think critically about how local situations can have global consequences. In addition, environmental themes may be taught in conjunction with the earth sciences.
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Cultural Studies: Africa A survey of world cultures would not be complete without an exploration of some of the major conflicts in Africa. This study is a creative and engaging way to look at both the conflicts in Rwanda and in South Africa.
Cultural Studies: The Middle East Look no further than this engaging and creative unit on The Middle East to capture your middle school class's interest and attention. Download multiple PowerPoint presentations, quizzes and assessments to guide you and your students in an entertaining yet informative manner.
Cultural Studies: Japan Students will become excited to learn the history of Japan from the beginning of their government to present day when you use these engaging and even entertaining PowerPoint slides as teaching tools.
Cultural Studies: China Looking to bring history to life in your classroom? Look no further than this engaging and creative look at the origins and history of China, from the beginning of their government to the present day.
Teaching Students About the Hopewell Native American Culture Make connections with your students about a 2,000-year-old culture that scientists refer to as Hopewell. This lesson will highlight the features of this complex culture, offer some recent research results and offer engaging activities for students in the classroom.
Celebrate Flag Day in Your Class Teach your students about Flag Day with a community-wide ceremony. Students will work together to complete research tasks, write skits, speeches and poems and create original patriotic art to share with the neighborhood.
Multicultural Lesson Plan: Ramadan As classrooms become more multicultural, the need to provide students with a holistic view of the world becomes more important. Ramadan, a sacred time of year for Muslims, is a month long observance. This Ramadan lesson plan gives ideas and activities to teach students about this holy time.