It seems like summer vacation just started. Doesn't it? It was just yesterday we entered our final grades, turned in our keys and sped out of the parking lot to camp or the beach or coach/watch little league baseball tournaments. Wasn't it?
The new school year is just around the corner, and it's going to be a great one! Our new students are going to come to us raw and wild from three months of late nights, "Internet zoning", swimming and sunburns. Before too long, they will be a well-oiled, cohesive group ready to interact with each other and learn about social studies!
My Back to School Activities are a great first step in helping your students build the interpersonal skills that make cooperative learning so powerful. The product comes with easy to follow directions for 4 different activities, and 24 prompt cards that will get your new students talking, laughing and learning about each other in a way that sets them up for success in future cooperative learning activities!
The evaluation tool my school uses is Marzano based. It was adopted when I was hired there four years ago. Unfortunately, all the resources my school had available for me had been purchased as much as a decade earlier. Rather than complain, I took it as an opportunity to create my own Marzano-aligned activities!
One of the first I created was my Identifying Similarities and Differences in the Ancient World activity. This activity can be used in several ways:
1) A printed out cooperative learning activity in which pairs (or larger groups) examine images of how two cultures did something (ex: Mesopotamian's built ziggurats and Egyptian's built pyramids) and collaborate to answer provided prompts out loud.
2) An individual activity with the same concept as number one, but with a space for students to individually answer questions in writing.
3) A class-wide version in which the two images are projected on a white board for a class-wide discussion.
* I stumbled on the idea for number three when my school's copiers were not working.
Click the link below to take a look at my Identifying Similarities and Differences in the Ancient World Activity, and be sure to check out my store for other great World History products!
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