Geography, Social Studies

This category is further divided into: Around the World, Economics, Geography, Social Studies and Current Events, Travel, United States.

News for Students

Online News

With so much to absorb and understand, discussing current events with our children will help not only them, but us too. The following news sites are my personal favorites, and will serve as excellent conversation starters….[Continue]

Financial Literacy

Financial Literacy: Kids and Money

Although there is more to learn about money than how to count coins and bills, the subject is largely ignored in most middle- and high-schools. But somewhere between giving them an allowance, and waving goodbye as they move out of …[Continue]

Fire Safety

Fire Safety

Fire Prevention Week is celebrated every October. Originally proclaimed as Fire Prevention Day in 1920 by President Woodrow Wilson, it commemorated the anniversary of the Great Chicago Fire of 1871. In 1925, President Calvin Coolidge expanded the event to a …[Continue]

Hawaii

Hawaii

Aloha! President William McKinley signed a resolution annexing Hawaii as an unincorporated territory of the United States on July 7, 1898. Hawaii remained a territory until becoming our fiftieth state on August 21, 1959. Its natural beauty and tropical climate …[Continue]

Maker Movement

Maker Movement

The maker movement is a contemporary STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) culture that encourages invention and prototyping. It includes engineering activities such as electronics, robotics, and 3-D printing, as well as more traditional crafts such as metalworking, and woodworking. …[Continue]

Texting While Driving

Texting While Driving

According to the 2009 Pew Internet study on Teens and Distracted Driving half of all teens say they’ve been a passenger in a car with a driver who texted while driving. This is scary stuff, and as parents and educators …[Continue]

Parthenon

Parthenon

Constructed entirely of white marble in less than nine years, the Parthenon is widely regarded as the epitome of ancient Greek architecture. Built on a hill in the middle of Athens, known as the Acropolis, the Parthenon was dedicated to …[Continue]

Samurai

Samurai

Japanese samurai warriors lived in medieval castle towns, and were paid by their local lords or governors as both military men and administrators. They were an important part of society, and at times accounted for about ten percent of the …[Continue]

Singapore

Singapore

Singapore is a city-state that gained independence on August 9, 1965, located on the southern tip of the Malay Peninsula, just eighty-five miles north of the equator. Despite having few natural resources, and a population of just five million, Singapore …[Continue]

King Tut

King Tut

Tutankhamun, popularly known as King Tut, was a little-known Egyptian pharaoh who ruled from 1332 BC to 1323 BC. After centuries of obscurity, he became a popular pop culture icon when British archeologist, Howard Carter, discovered his well-preserved tomb in …[Continue]