Monthly Archives: September 2016
PBS has created an incredibly comprehensive set of interactive resources for Gr. 7-12 history teachers to help you teach about the American Presidential Election.
The resources include:
- Electoral Decoder Intro Video– Watch the video for the explanation of the decoder tool. There are links to more information for teachers about the tool.
- Electoral Tool – A great tool for U.S. Presidents 101
- A Guide to Debates in the Classroom
- Inside the Debates
- How to Master Debate – Includes student worksheets (Gr. 8-12)
- The Election Process – A series of videos explaining the process
- Interactive Map – follow the candidates
- Virtual Field Trips– Sign-up to take your class on virtual field trips to American Presidential landmarks and Constitutional resources. A focus on using primary source documents is a big part of these field trips.
Many classrooms have data projectors in their rooms. Introduce your students to spectacular vistas and interesting videos during their start of day seat work by viewing Vimeo’s drone videos. Teachers can Sign-up with Vimeo to receive the Vimeo newsletter with their staff’s top picks to share with your students.
I came across a fascinating website that has loads of information about statistics and the world we live in – Metrocosm. You could spend hours clicking around this site. To start with examine the two centuries of immigration to the United States through this animated graphic. You will be amazed at the change of county base of U.S. immigrants. I did not know that Canadians made up the bulk of immigrants in the early 1900s. Examine the shift of countries of the immigrants over time and think about what was happening in the world at that time.
This section of the site Puts Canada’s Population in Perspective.
For geographers, cartograms and choropleths are explained. And for the advanced geographers and coders it explains how to make your own cartogram. Are your up for the challenge?