Social Studies / History
A collection of ready-to-use lessons and activities from Inspired Teaching® to help foster engaging learning with students at all grade levels, in all subject areas.
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As students prepare for summative assessments games can be a fun and engaging way to review key concepts and help students practice showing what they know.
Working with a partner or as a whole class students construct a narrative “one word at a time.” The challenge is to create something cohesive while depending on the creative input of each individual.
This activity challenges students to think about concepts collaboratively in a physical way and completely without words.
Simplified versions of these popular games can be made for the classroom to foster inquiry, teamwork, and a high level of engagement.
This activity encourages students to consider what problems might benefit from re-solving.
In this activity, students share their observations after studying a piece of art. This simple process develops emerging expertise and builds mutual respect through sharing what they have learned.
It’s great when you can connect your class opener to content and there are lots of quick and simple ways to do that.
All of our senses are working all the time and these activities heighten our awareness of that fact.
This activity helps students to become aware of their zones of proximal development, those spaces that push them to stretch beyond what they already know and can do toward what might be possible.
Few lifecycles are as enticing to observe in their entirety as that of monarchs and watching the transformation from a caterpillar into a creature that can fly is a powerful metaphor for the kind of transformation one can do through learning.
Focused and specific feedback on how we positively relate to others is good for our self-esteem and encourages us to lean into our authentic selves.
Learning to listen deeply may very well be one of the most important skills we can cultivate as members of a community and one of the ways we can demonstrate our understanding of what we hear is by sharing back what was said.