Social Studies and Current Events

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]

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]

Election 2012

Election 2012

With the presidential election just weeks away, the campaigns are heating up. In addition to the official sites for candidates Barack Obama and Mitt Romney, here are some online resources for students to learn about the election process and keep …[Continue]

World Population

World Population

Although the experts disagree about when world population reached seven billion, they all agree we have now passed that milestone. And even though population growth rate is declining, the projections show continual growth ahead. What does this mean for our …[Continue]

Gulf Oil Spill

Gulf Oil Spill

On April 20, 2010, in the Gulf of Mexico fifty miles off the shore of Louisiana, an explosion occurred on BP’s offshore drilling rig Deepwater Horizon, leaving eleven rig workers dead and injuring seventeen others. Four days later it was …[Continue]

Election 2008

Election 2008

With the presidential election just a month away, the campaigns are heating up. In addition to the official candidate sites for Barack Obama and John McCain, here are some online resources for students to learn about the election process and …[Continue]

Presidential Candidates

Presidential Candidates

In the years preceding a presidential election, many candidates announce their intent to run. But by mid-September of election year, the race focuses primarily on the candidates chosen by the Republican and Democratic parties. How do the parties choose their …[Continue]

Current Events

Current Events

This week’s crop of news sites includes special editions just for elementary ages, as well as news sites that cater strictly to high school students. Whatever grade level you need, these sites are sure to spark conversations in the classroom …[Continue]

U.S. Population

U.S. Population

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, on October 17, 2006 the United States become the third country (behind China and India) to be home to more than 300 million people. Big numbers can be hard to understand, but I found …[Continue]