I could go through the explanation of what we did and what we learned, but if you are here watching this, then you already get it. New England vs. South, Religion, Agriculture, etc. This isn't a masterpiece, but it wasn't easy. The students fought at first, but once I implemented a government and rules (Charter of Va. Co. London or John Smith), everything was cream cheese.
My students that mastered Unit 1-2 (American Revolution and earlier) are working on creating a virtual representation of Jamestown and a New England Colony.
In Jamestown, they must build a triangular wooden fort and homes within the walls. They must plant two 10x10 cotton fields (tobacco is not available in the game).
In the New England colony, they must build a church to represent religious freedom and a ship to represent the economic focus on manufacturing.
They are not finished, but here are some pictures of their progress.
So... I accidentally deleted my website. I thought everything was gone. I can't explain how defeated I felt. I didn't think there was anything I could do.
Fortunately, I was wrong. I clicked on the weebly help page and clicked on the chat tab. A weebly staff member was able to restore my website in minutes. I am not even a paid member. I use a free weebly account. Weebly is easily the best webhost around. If you're a teacher and all of your time goes towards planning, teaching, and your million other school responsibilities, then weebly is a perfect fit. Quick, easy, and great support.
Along with the help of Mr. Young and Mr. Winegarner, I have turned my social studies classroom into a tech lab.
How did I do this?
First of all, I searched craigslist for cheap PCs that were old and needed some work. My range was between $30-$50. I spent $600 on machines. Mr. Young and Mr. Winegarner donated some ancient machines that they had sitting around along with monitors.
The biggest task was making the machines functional, but overall this was not much of a chore. I simply abandoned windows, and switched to lightweight linux operating systems (zorin and lubuntu).
The installation is simple. Plug in a USB or a CD and boot it up. If you're not sure, then there are hundreds of linux installaiton videos on youtube to help you out. The OS is very similar to windows xp. My students have not complained once about linux once. They figured out how it worked pretty quickly and they enjoy the speed.
Trust me, these are ANCIENT machines. They were in their deathbeds. Now students can do everything a modern windows 8 system does - and probably better.
I have been cranking out a ton of resources lately. If you're an NC student or Teacher, then check out the assessments and questions that I have added. PowerPoint visuals are up to Unit 6 - US History "Turn of the Century." I've created content games and have linked to free games that can help students experience US History (minecraft, oregon trail).
I see this website in my dreams...or are they nightmares? I hope this site is helping other out. If you have any suggestions, shoot me a tweet @mrdncss.
I have been working on the website non-stop. So much so that I have been having dreams about working on my website, or nightmares. I'm not sure how to categorized that. It's not that big of a problem as long as I'm not being chased while working on my website or falling and working on my website.
By the way, check out socialstudiesgames.us. It's the hub for all of my social studies websites. Yes, a website without weebly in the url. I am bona fide.
US History and World History YouTube video series created by Mr. D and Mr. B coming this summer .
Maybe I will write when school is out.
7th Grade (WH)
- 7 Games
- 7 History Social Studies 101
- 7 History Unit 1 - Renaissance & Reformation >
- 7 History Unit 2 - Discovery >
- 7 History Unit 3 - Age of Revolution >
- 7 History Unit 4 - More Revolutions >
- 7 History Unit 5 - Imperialism >
- 7 History Unit 6 - World War I >
- 7 History Unit 7 - Depression & War >
- 7 History Unit 8 - Cold War to Globalization >
- 7 History Unit 9 - 20th Century Issues >
- 7 Geography >
- 7 Economics >
- 7 Civics and Government >
- 7 Culture >
- 7 Final Exam
- 7 Study Resources - World History
8th Grade (US)
- 8 Games >
- 8 History Social Studies 101
- 8 History Unit 1 - A New Nation >
- 8 History Unit 2 - Revolution >
- 8 History Unit 3 - Early US >
- 8 History Unit 4 - March to the Civil War >
- 8 History Unit 5 - Reconstruction >
- 8 History Unit 6 - Turn of the Century >
- 8 History Unit 7 - US and the World >
- 8 History Unit 8 - Depression & WWII >
- 8 History Unit 9 - Cold War Era >
- 8 History Unit 10 - Modern America >
- 8 History - 20th Century Review >
- 8 Geography >
- 8 Economics >
- 8 Civics and Government >
- 8 Culture >
- 8 Final Exam Study
- 8 Study Resources - US History
- Mr. D's Bio
- Classroom Resources
- Hall of Fame
- Tech Class