Updated March 31, 2011
* Notes new items with latest upate
Social studies is the integrated study of the social sciences to prepare young people to become responsible citizens.

The purpose of social studies is to develop social understanding and civic efficacy (the readiness and willingness to assume citizenship responsibilities and to make informed and reasoned decisions for the public good as citizens of a democratic society).

 
The social studies curriculum builds four capacities in young people: disciplinary knowledge, thinking skills, commitment to democratic values, and citizen participation.
 
 
CLICK HERE to navigate to the Michigan Department of Education Social Studies site. (Website)
 
 
Click the links below for faster navigation
 
 
 
MC3 Grade Level/Course Google Discussion Groups
Connect with other Social Studies teachers who use MC3 across the state:
     1st Grade         5th Grade           World History
     2nd Grade        6th/7th Grade     US History
     3rd Grade         8th Grade           Economics
     4th Grade                                     Civics
 
MC3 Update
            
Social Studies Network Meetings - Setup to meet one Monday a month after school (secondary/middle school 3:30 - 5:00 and elementary 4:30-6 PM), these meetings are designed to provide Social Studies teachers with an opportunity to develop a better understanding of the content expectations, programs that may used to supplement curriculum, and strategies and techniques used across the county/state.  Teachers will also have time to plan and "network" with other teachers in similar grade levels/courses.  Please bring lesson plans, textbooks, and other resources to each meeting so that you will be able to plan and develop lessons based on what is shared at the K-12 discussions and other dialogue with your colleagues.  
 
 
MDE K-12 Alignment Documents - These are the GLCE clarification documents for each grade level K - 12.
          - MDE PowerPoint for Alignment Project - Use this PowerPoint with the above link to clarify the format and codings used for each content expectation.
 
Reosurces for all in one place! - This site is through Nystrom, but it porvides links to many different resources separated by Content Area within Social Studies.
 
Great Migration Resource - This document correlates GLCE's in Science and Social Studies that center around Nation Geographics work on The Great Migration.
 
Document Based Questions Project - The following standards from the National Core Curriculum document http://www.corecurriculum.org are supported by the implementation of the Document Based Question (DBQ) Project http://www.dbqproject.comin English Language Arts and Social Studies classrooms, grades 4-12.  DBQ Project is a well-developed strategy that provides students in-depth interaction with primary and secondary source historical documents about American and World History events and issues. DBQ is especially powerful and meaningful for student learning when English Language Arts and Social Studies/History teachers collaborate in curriculum integration.
 
Great Timeline Site - This site provides timelines for people and events.  Maps are also available.  Great to use with students individually or large group.
 
6th and 7th Grade Capstone Project Clarification - MDE clarification document (Word Document)
 
MC3 Unit and Lesson Plans - This resource is the result of a combined effort of many teachers and ISD consultants that came together under the MCCC (Michigan Citizenship Collaborative Curriculum).
 
MC3 Grade Level Google Discussion Groups: Connect with other Social Studies teachers who use MC3 across the state:
     1st Grade         5th Grade          
     2nd Grade        6th/7th Grade      
     3rd Grade         8th Grade           
     4th Grade     
             
 
 
Social Studies Content Expectations (K-8) are now available on line!
*NOTE - this PDF file may take several minutes to open, please be patient.
 
Social Studies
 Content Expectation Resource
Alignment Chart 

 

 

 
Social Studies Toolkit Link (K-8) are now available to help with the alignment of the GLCE's. (Website)
 
1st Grade GLCE Clarification - May 2008 (Word Doc.)
 
4th Grade Resources (Word Document)
 
 
 
 
Unpacking the Expectations for Classroom Assessment & Instruction - Created by Stan Masters - Lenawee ISD (PPT)
 
MEECS Project - The Department of Education has finished the alignment of the five Michigan Environmental Education Curriculum Support (MEECS) units to the GLCE's and HSCE's
 
5th Grade African GLCE's Resource - The attached document outlines a variety of resources that are available on the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History's new educators' web page, the  African American History Teaching and Learning Modules are specific to Grade 5.
 
4th Grade Regions Resources - This is a link to a website that Stan Masters from Lenawee ISD and Maggie Patterson from Nystrom worked collaboratively on this Spring.
 
Social Studies in Michigan Site - This site is designed to help you be an even more effective social studies educator in the great state of Michigan. Stay in the loop on relevant policy news, and find easy to use teaching strategies (with a little fun along the way). Please add your advice and thoughts by leaving a comment after a post. We can always learn from each other!
 
MISSION US Online Game - Take young learners on a virtual adventure into American History with Mission US, the "revolutionary" multimedia project previewed at the 2010 Celebration of Teaching & Learning.

 

Mission US is a free, new interactive adventure game series designed to improve the understanding of American history by students in grades 5 through 8.  The project website includes a vast suite of classroom resources.

 
 
MDE K-12 Alignment Documents - These are the GLCE clarification documents for each grade level K - 12.
          - MDE PowerPoint for Alignment Project - Use this PowerPoint with the above link to clarify the format and codings used for each content expectation.
 
MiVote Resources - MiVote is designed for High School Civics/Social Studies students to motivate them to become informed about political issues and participating in the political process. Participating in MiVote allows students to become engaged in the political process and provides a real life experience in how to research issues and voice their opinions on issues using 21st century technology to inform and influence others. The following suggested activities are designed to help students gain background knowledge and develop their own voice and viewpoint regarding political to participate in MiVote.


Unit/Project Objectives: Students will be able to...

  1. Develop public discourse skills and make informed decisions
  2. Write a persuasive essay expressing and justifying decisions on public policy issues
  3. Create a video that expresses their view on a political issue
  4. Advance views in matters of public policy
  5. Understand the roles of media and constituents in the political process
  6. Use multiple perspectives and resources to analyze issues
  7. Develop elocution skills
  8. Improve research skills
  9. Use video technology to voice opinions on political issues

Timing: 3 to 4 class periods: Times are written for 70 minute class periods.  Click here for the unit plan.

MC3 Unit and Lesson Plans - This resource is the result of a combined effort of many teachers and ISD consultants that came together under the MCCC (Michigan Citizenship Collaborative Curriculum).
 
MC3 Course Google Discussion Groups:  Connect with other Social Studies teachers who use MC3 across the state:
     World History          Economics
      US History               Civics
         
Pacing Guides for High School Courses - These were developed by Roy Sovis (Social Studies Coordinator - Genesee ISD) based on the MC3 curriculum.
           US History with Geography
           World History with Geography
           Civics
           Economics
 
Reosurces for all in one place! - This site is through Nystrom, but it porvides links to many different resources separated by Content Area within Social Studies.
 
Great Timeline Site - This site provides timelines for people and events.  Maps are also available.  Great to use with students individually or large group.
 
 
High School Content Expectations are now available. (PDF)
 
 
MEECS Project - The Department of Education has finished the alignment of the five Michigan Environmental Education Curriculum Support (MEECS) units to the GLCE's and HSCE's
 
National World War II Museum Website - Great site for teachers and students that includes a narrated virtual tour of the musuem and virtual field trip videoconferences just to mention a few of the great available resources.
 
World History Support Site - Bill Strickland, a World History & Geography teacher at East Grand Rapids High School and a highly respected leader in the Michigan WHG community, has started a social network specifically for WHG Teachers on Ning.com. It's goal is to share WHG teaching strategies and resources.
 
 
Other Online Resources
If there are other sites/resources you think would benefit others, please e-mail scott.koziol@jcisd.org with the information and we will get them added to the list below.
 
Literature Books for the Core Democratic Values
     - Literature Book List - This is an everchanging list that I am compiling, so if you have additions please e-mail your suggestions to scott.koziol@jcisd.org.  Remember, any of these books can be used at ANY level to present examples of the the Core Democratic Values.  Yes, picture books can be used at the high school level.
 
        - Literature Book Website
 
 
 
 
     - April Newsletter
 
 
 
 
Michigan Supreme Court Site - This site allows teachers access to the Learning Center which has information about the GLCE's/HSCE's, curriculum materials, tours, and special events.
 
Justia - the Michigan Supreme Court Learning Center's e-newsletter for educators.
"Our Courts" Game Site - Great for students of all ages to play games testing their civics knowledge (Try the "Do I have a Right?" game, be careful it is addicting).
 
CNN for Students - This link provided by Shelley Mannor from Vandercook is a ten minute newscast updated daily, geared to students.  It is applicable for grades 6-12 based on the changing news topics of the day.  Also, safe as far as  profanity/violent content that can be problematic with other news sites.
 
This Day in History - This History.com link provides a daily 2 minute(ish) video about the events in history for each day, with previous days archived for reference.
 The History of the World in 4 Minutes
 
Cost of Life - This website allows students the opportuity to experience life and the choices that have to be made in a third world country.  This is through the UNICEF website.
 
 
 
Civics Resource - This site was recommended by a high school teacher at the last network meeting.  It is a resource for ALL levels that provides lesson plans and many other resources.
 
 
Project Citizen - This program allows students an opportunity to reserach real world problems/issues and to take the appropriate steps to make change.
 
World History for Us All - Great website to get information and resources on the different eras.  This site was instrumental in the development of Michigan's Conetent Expectations.
 
Dancing Around the World - Kelli Sweet used this website in the 6th and 7th grade workshop.  It is a fun link that shows people dancing from all over the world.
 
Discovery Site - This site is from Discovery.com where you can search by course or subject and/or grade level for lessons and resources.
 
 
The League.org - The LEAGUE brings together Learning and Doing to empower young people to get in the Game of Giving. Students and schools earn points by participating in service events.
 
Learning to Give.org - The curriculum division of The League.  The world's leading developer of lessons and resources that teach giving and volunteerism, civic engagement, and character through service learning.
 
http://www.gilderlehrman.org/ - This link has great resources for Teachers and Students (Several different lectures available through an audio download in addition to many other great offerings).
 
Digital Storybook Software Download -  This link is for a program (Celtx) that allows for the creation of digital storybooks.
 
Software and Instructional Support - This link (www.tech4learning.com) has a variety of resources for teachers.
 
TV From Around the World - This site provides links for TV in over 100 different countries where students can choose by topic (News, entertainment, sports, weather).
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