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Posts Made By: AlaskaTeacher
Board: Social Studies 09-15-2012, 06:28 PM
Replies: 10
Posted By AlaskaTeacher
still struggle in 6th

This is something I see students struggling with when they come to me as sixth graders.
It is such an abstract concept that young ones can really struggle with it.
The circle idea may help with...
Board: Middle School/Jr High (6-8) 08-11-2012, 01:32 PM
Replies: 7
Posted By AlaskaTeacher
Definite Attitude

I am with AJ on the attitude!! When my students enter my room, they must read the board for directions, which usually tells them what materials to have ready for the day. That includes homework.
Board: Middle School/Jr High (6-8) 08-06-2012, 07:47 PM
Replies: 9
Posted By AlaskaTeacher

I highly recommend "Rookie Teaching for Dummies" by W. Michael Kelley

Yup, the dummies book - it's thorough, funny, easy to get the info you're after, and has awesome ideas.

I picked it up as...
Board: Sixth Grade 08-04-2012, 09:49 PM
Replies: 11
Posted By AlaskaTeacher
move a lot

I teach 5 social studies classes a day. I tend to move my desks around a lot - to correlate with the day's activity. Charts where I write names doesn't work b/c of all the moving.

I use a file...
Board: Social Studies 08-04-2012, 11:44 AM
Replies: 8
Posted By AlaskaTeacher

These are great - thank you all for sharing :)
Board: Social Studies 08-02-2012, 08:44 PM
Replies: 8
Posted By AlaskaTeacher

Thanks binkbonk - I will check it out.

Yes, I did a google search and looked at a few, but didn't see what I was looking for. Just hoping for a recommendation from what teachers are already using.
Board: Social Studies 08-02-2012, 02:50 PM
Replies: 8
Posted By AlaskaTeacher
Reproducible Maps

Does anyone know of any online - free - good quality maps that you can print?

The only atlases provided by our school are primarily of the USA. But I am in need of other maps from around the...
Board: Sixth Grade 07-31-2012, 03:13 PM
Replies: 15
Posted By AlaskaTeacher

Watsons Go To Birmingham - 1963 (Curtis) is a good one - very comical I like to do this one in lit groups too

If I can manage it, I like to do The Red Pyramid (Riordon) when I teach Egypt. It is...
Board: Middle School/Jr High (6-8) 07-27-2012, 03:49 PM
Replies: 3
Posted By AlaskaTeacher

I always give a stern warning first - a chance for them to redeem themselves. My 2nd step is removal from activity - that may mean sitting on the other side of the room to work alone or even in the...
Board: Sixth Grade 07-23-2012, 03:31 PM
Replies: 1
Posted By AlaskaTeacher
6th grade are giant 1st graders :)

I student taught in 1st grade, but have taught my entire 10 year career in 6th grade. The best piece of advice I can tell you ... is that while 6th graders are much more capable academically, they...
Board: Social Studies 07-22-2012, 10:10 AM
Replies: 8
Posted By AlaskaTeacher

Thanks Nik - that's kinda along the lines of what I'm thinking about doing. What resource to you use?
Board: Social Studies 07-21-2012, 08:50 PM
Replies: 23
Posted By AlaskaTeacher
Favorite Unit (really)

All year I teach about ancient civilizations to my 6th graders. I set it up as each civ has 7 parts: government, religion, food supply (economy), social structure, art, technology, written language....
Board: Social Studies 07-21-2012, 08:29 PM
Replies: 17
Posted By AlaskaTeacher

Thank you so much Rockguy - I have used several of these assignments before, but I really love your set up. I will be borrowing and sharing for sure! :o)
Board: Social Studies 07-21-2012, 07:52 PM
Replies: 8
Posted By AlaskaTeacher

I am looking for some new ideas on integrating geography and some map skills into my 6th grade social studies class. What does everyone do? Any suggestions on resources?
Thanks :)
Board: Social Studies 07-21-2012, 07:49 PM
Replies: 4
Posted By AlaskaTeacher
super lucky

History Alive is fantastic. The text is structured very well and easy for students to follow and comprehend and the teacher guides are full of activities for students to do. Not all the activities...
Board: Sixth Grade 07-21-2012, 07:13 PM
Replies: 6
Posted By AlaskaTeacher
6th grade social studies

I tend to plan by unit. I have a monthly calendar that I use for my initial planning. I think of everything I need to cover in the amount of time I have and space it all out, figuring out what I...
Board: Sixth Grade 07-21-2012, 07:09 PM
Replies: 4
Posted By AlaskaTeacher
6th grade middle school

I agree with Dr Suessfan - start out strict and strong - it's easy to back off later. It's harder to pull in the ropes if you're too nice.
I've been teaching 6th grade for 10 years. 5 at...
Board: National Board Certification 02-19-2012, 09:33 PM
Replies: 2
Posted By AlaskaTeacher

I would suggesting re-downloading from your camera to your computer, and only download the small section you are using. This should prevent your video from being broken into 2 files. Then burn a...
Board: National Board Certification 12-29-2011, 05:45 PM
Replies: 4
Posted By AlaskaTeacher
good thinking

Hi What Works! Thank you so much for your feedback, it is exactly what I needed to continue my thinking...

This will be for a 6th grade class. In social studies they are learning about the...
Board: National Board Certification 12-29-2011, 01:50 PM
Replies: 4
Posted By AlaskaTeacher

Upon more thinking... I need to add in the math goals.

Overall Math Goals: Students will use visualization, spatial reasoning, and
geometric modeling to solve problems

Math Objective:...
Board: National Board Certification 12-28-2011, 09:24 PM
Replies: 4
Posted By AlaskaTeacher
Entry 3 - MCGen - am I on the right track?

Okay. Here's what I'm thinking... for my entry 3 science/math lesson, but I need to know if I'm on the right track. Does anyone have any thoughts or suggestions?

Overall Goal: All students...
Board: National Board Certification 12-16-2011, 09:56 AM
Replies: 2
Posted By AlaskaTeacher
An Idea

Well, I think I have an idea, after speaking with my colleague who teaches science.

I am going to focus on magnetism, and have students build their own magnetic compass. I need to decide on my...
Board: National Board Certification 12-14-2011, 02:58 PM
Replies: 6
Posted By AlaskaTeacher

Hi WhatWorks! Thanks for your help. I have noticed the prompts mention both aspects.

I guess I need to clarify my question though... in terms of the phrase "engage two small groups"

Board: National Board Certification 12-14-2011, 02:16 PM
Replies: 6
Posted By AlaskaTeacher
MCG - Entry 3 - grouping

I have a question about the grouping. Here is what the instructions say I'm supposed to do:

"One video recording (15 minutes maximum) that demonstrates how you engage two
small groups of...
Board: National Board Certification 12-14-2011, 01:56 PM
Replies: 2
Posted By AlaskaTeacher
MCG - Entry 3 - in a Soc Sty class

Hi All!
I am on my 3rd year attempt. I am re-doing my entry 3 - science/math. My challenge, is that I am a 6th grade teacher at a middle school, and I ONLY teach social studies.
I am trying to...

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