Every teacher has a set of essential tools they generally rely upon—approaches, activities, and basic materials—to make teaching efficient and learning enjoyable. Your digital toolbox (Google site) for social studies will contain a variety of resources for topics taught in one particular grade from preK-6. The components of your toolbox will be turned in throughout the semester. Each will be prefaced by a short narrative highlighting the related SOL and describing how teachers will use the resource. Two of these resources must come with companion lesson plans. These lessons should be 30-45 minutes in length.
The toolbox must include the following pieces:
Use a free resource to create an infographic to support instruction in one topic in your grade level. The infographic must share, at a minimum, basic information from the curriculum framework document. The text and images should be appropriate to the grade and topic. Here are some online tools you can try. Most of these allow basic membership for free. Please note that Canva is one of the easiest tools to use.
Use a free resource to create a timeline for an historical figure or event. The timeline must share, at a minimum, basic information from the curriculum framework document. The text and images should be appropriate to the grade and topic. Here are some online tools you can try. Most of these allow basic membership for free.
Candidates will develop an annotated bibliography of books and digital resources to support instruction in ONE topic in your grade level.
Adapted Historical Document
Candidates will choose an historical document appropriate to the grade and adapt it to meet the needs of diverse learners.
Candidates will develop a collection of at least 4 historical and/or current maps to support instruction in one topic in your grade level. Some useful map repositories are linked below.
- David Rumsey Map Collection
- Library of Congress Collections with Maps
- Perry Castañeda Library Map Collection
- Old Maps Online
- The United States Map Collection
- National Geographic Black Line Maps
- Geography Printables
Candidates will highlight a collection of primary source(s) from the university collection that will enhance the study of a content area in your chosen grade level. You must include digital images and descriptions for 2-3 items (at a minimum). Your narrative description should explain the connection to a particular SOL or set of SOLs and explain how you envision using the pieces.
Here are links to some of the University’s resources.
- UR Digital Collections
- Ancient World Gallery
- Lora Robins Gallery – Reading Roman Coins
- Museum Collections
Smithsonian Learning Lab Collection
Using the Smithsonian’s Learning Lab, candidates will create a digital collection that supports instruction for one ONE topic in your grade level. The following videos will be helpful in setting up your collection.