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Social Studies Curriculum
This is the final segment in a series over
the last few months where we have shared with you the goals and
objectives of the e-Tutor program. The goals and objectives
cover all grade levels from kindergarten to twelfth grade with age and
grade appropriate content.
Social Studies curriculum provides an integrated study of the social
sciences in preparing students to become responsible citizens.
The purpose of social studies instruction is to develop an
understanding of society. Students should know how civic
responsibility for making informed and reasoned decisions benefits the
public good for citizens of a democratic society.
Students will be able to understand and analyze comprehensive
the basic principles government.
the structure and function of major political systems in the world.
the evolution and nature of rules and laws that govern human
the structure and function of various political systems.
the major political events in the contemporary world and their impact
on the changing structure and function of governments.
Students will be able to understand and analyze comprehensive
the factors that contribute to economic development.
the economic interdependence among the world communities.
the economic impact of political decisions made by federal, state, and
traditional, market, and command economic systems.
the basic economic concepts that have traditionally shaped economic
Students will be able to understand and analyze events,
trends, personalities and movements shaping the history of the world.
the chronology and significance of the major events in world history.
the historical developments leading to the present similarities and
differences among the world's people.
the contributions of significant men and women in world history.
the chronology and significance of the major social, economic and
political events shaping the American experience.
the impact of urbanization, industrialization and emerging technology
on the world's environment as well as on its social, political and
Students will be able to demonstrate a knowledge of world
the cultural and physical geography of each of the world's region.
the concepts of absolute and relative location.
various map projections.
ways in which people define, name and alter places.
how maps, models and other graphics contribute to an enriched sense of
Students will be able to apply the skills and knowledge
gained in the social sciences to decision making in life situations.
how individuals and/or groups effect change.
sources of information in terms of selective criteria.
the costs and benefits of a particular course of action.
the interdependent roles of an individual as a consumer, a producer,
and a citizen.
various relationships between the individual and others in the local
community, state, nation and world.
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I Heard the Owl Call My Name
by Margaret Craven
Ages Teens to Adults
I Heard the Owl Call My Name
is about a young vicar and his time in an ancient Indian
village during a time of cultural change. It is a journey of
learning and all the small happenings that can add up to
Mark Brian is sent to the
village of Kingcome to serve as vicar for a parish consisting
of many remote villages and logging camps in coastal British
Columbia, Canada. Although he does not know it, he has been
diagnosed with a fatal disease and has only two to three years
to live. His bishop sends him to Kingcome in the hope that
Mark will learn enough, fast enough, to be prepared to die.
Although written in 1967,
it was not until 1973 when the book was picked up by an
American published that it received wide acclaim and reached
number one on the New York Times bestseller list in the year
of its American release. The book was adapted to the
screen as a CBS television movie of the same
easy problem ever comes to the President of the United States.
If they are easy to solve, somebody else has solved them.
F. Kennedy, American President, 1962
Building Self Esteem
who have high self-esteem are willing to take chances in
learning. They are able to stay with a difficult subject until
they master it. Here are some ways you can boost your child's
Know your child's
strengths and weaknesses. All children are unique.
Even in the same family, one child may love math and find it easy,
while another finds it a challenge. Some may have trouble
concentrating on reading while
another constantly has his nose in
a book. Challenge kids in the areas of strength and provide
support in areas of weakness.
Praise your child's
efforts as well as his accomplishments. When he sets the
table, say, "I appreciate the fact that you met your
responsibility without being asked. You're a hard
worker." If your child is doing his homework, say,
"You are working hard. i know your work will pay
off." Studies show that students and adults who make
persistent effort are most likely to succeed.
Help your child be
proud of your family's ethnic heritage. Learn as much as you
can about the culture of your ancestors. Read books to learn
more about your family's roots. Find out about famous people
who share your ethnic background. Talk with older relatives
to gather family memories.
Teach your child to
celebrate diversity. Learn more about other
cultures. Watch television programs or read books about
other countries. Enjoy ethnic foods.
Find times for
one-on-one conversations with your children. Each week, try
to set aside some special time. Schedule it on your calendar
so your son or daughter can look forward to it. During this
time, do something your child likes....play a game, watch a movie,
or go for a walk.
Adapted from American
Association of School Administrators
need people, they need you. They need you to give them what they
want and need, psychic satisfaction. And when you give them what
they want, they will give you what you want. And that is what
motivation is all about. It isn't something you really do to
other people; it's something they do to themselves. But you give
them the reasons, the stimulants, for motivating themselves. And
that makes you a motivator, a person who gets things done through
spend all of your life motivating people, getting people to do things
for you. As an infant your life depends on getting others to
care for you. As a parent your success largely stems from your
ability to get others to do things.
from The Public School Administrator
important....probably the most important role in your life....but you
don't need to approach it so strictly and seriously all the
time. Parenting can be fun if you lighten up. It makes
family life more stimulating and relaxed, and children are more
cooperative and learn more easily in a lighthearted atmosphere.
Problems are more easily solved and worries are better kept in
perspective. Children thrive on the tender loving care of a
happy parent. Life is so short. Don't freak out over how
they dress; it really is not a crime to wear mix-match. And
don't get so uptight if they want to skip a bath....they won't get
children are with you for such a short time. Take every
opportunity to be happy so that you can savor the moments. To be
serious, burdened, constantly critical and negative requires so much
effort. But to be relaxed and lighthearted comes much more
naturally and is healthier too. Your children will be much more
manageable when you're not stressed out. Slow down. It
requires a shift in focus from the demanding task at hand, and you may
have to remind yourself about what your priorities really are, but
your whole family will benefit. The dishes may sit in the sink a
little longer, or that load of laundry may go undone for another day,
but were they really more important than sharing a bedtime
story with your preschooler and talking about her day? Even in a
crisis the lighthearted approach will always get things moving on the
right track more easily.
you find yourself overloaded with responsibilities and ready to scream
because the trash can is overflowing, the checkbook is unbalanced, the
dog is not fed, and no one is helping out, stop for a moment and ask
yourself, "Will this matter tomorrow, next week,
year?" Chances are it won't but what will matter is
the quality of your relationship with your family. No one will
care that the floor needed mopping, but someone very well may remember
being yelled at by a frazzled mom. Seriousness and unhappiness
are habits that you can change with a shift in perspective. When
your toddler "helps" you with the dishes, look at her
beaming face rather than the puddles on the floor. Remember your
priorities. You can do your daily routine with a grudge and a
groan or with a cheerful spirit. The choice is your.
from Wonder Ways to Love A Child, Judy Ford
trouble with the future is that it keeps getting closer.
Books are not lumps of lifeless paper
but minds alive on the shelves. From each of them goes out its
own voice....and just as the touch of a button on your stereo set will
fill the room with music, so by taking down one of these volumes, and
opening it, one can call into range the voice of a man far distant in
time and space, and hear him speaking to us, mind to mind, heart to
Gilbert Highet, Literary
Parents Help Learning
begins in a child's home. If a home does not have books for
children, and if there is no library close to the home, a parent can
use a newspaper to encourage a child to read. Parents often are
seen reading a newspaper, so that role model is ready-made. Not
only is a newspaper inexpensive, but it has something of interest for
nearly everyone. A parent might clip a news article and ask the
child to read the article to him or her. Pictures can be chosen
from the newspaper, and the child can either make up a story about the
pictures or list descriptive words that tell about the pictures.
An appealing news story can be clipped into paragraphs; the child can
read the paragraphs and put them into the correct sequence.
help in controlling television viewing is extremely important.
All television viewing need not be detrimental to a child's
learning. There is evidence that watching up to ten hours per
week of quality television has a slightly positive effect on reading
achievement. Television can expand a child's vocabulary and can
provide background experiences that a child might not otherwise
get. It can also interest children in a particular subject or theme so that they will want to find books about the subject or
are many tips for parents on how to use television wisely in their
homes. These include:
Limiting the amount of a
child's television time to no more than ten hours per week.
(Beyond ten hours, the viewing becomes detrimental to achievement)
Encouraging a child to watch
programs that have educational value.
Watching programs with the
child so that questions can be asked about the program and the
events can be related to other experiences.
Providing a model by limiting
the amount of television adults watch in the home.
Finally, parents help in
learning means instilling the value of self-discipline, hard work, and
responsibility in children. It means an emphasis on the
importance of learning.
Adapted from Silver
Burdett and Ginn
Today's world produces plenty of
stress. Life's little hassles mount up until you say to yourself,
"If one more thing goes wrong today, I'll explode!" At
times when the pressure seems to be too much and you can't concentrate
anymore, don't just reach for the aspirin bottle. Try one of
these instant stress relievers.
- Take six deep breaths.
Breathe in through your nose, out through your mouth. Take
the time to notice how your abdomen expands as you fill your lungs
- Visit the Bahamas or any
other pleasant scene from your past. How? Imagine
it! Visualize the scene in detail. Stimulate your
other senses too. Smell the salt air. Feel the warm
sun on your skin. Hear the waves crashing on the
shore. Taste the water. In just a couple of minutes
you'll recapture the pleasure of actually being there.
- Stretch. Stand
up. Raise your arms above your head. Stretch left and
hold 1-2-3-4. Stretch right and hold. Repeat several
- Hug someone. Four hugs
every day will do a lot to calm you down. Hug the kids. The dog. Your spouse. The mailman (not
necessarily in that order).
- Change the scene. Walk
to your window and watch the birds. Take a a stroll around
the shop floor. Go outside, and breathe deeply for two
- Find a friend. Choose a
patient soul, one who won't butt in or give advice, to listen to
- Take an exercise break.
Take a brisk walk at lunch. Climb the stairs instead
of riding the elevator. When your mind is cluttered, move
your body. Exercise will improve your frame of mind.
- Have a good laugh. Pull
a joke book out of your drawer and read it. Visit with a
co-worker who is known for a fine sense of humor. Or just
laugh. Your spirits will rise immediately.
- Get a fresh out look.
Stress often comes from taking yourself and the job too
seriously. Lighten the load by asking (and answering) the
question, "What's the worst thing that could happen if ...I
made a mistake?" The actual consequences are usually
not nearly as bad as the ones we imagine.
- Finish something.
Bogged down by lengthy and complex projects? Give yourself a
quick sense of accomplishment. Pick a task you can easily
finish in the next ten minutes. Then do it.
- Play. A few minutes
spent playing brings renewed energy and concentration to the
job. Use your break time to work a crossword puzzle or play
a computer game.
Adapted from Practical
cannot always build the future for our youth, but we can build our
youth for the future.
D. Roosevelt, American president, 1940
Campfire Stories with George Catlin: An
Encounter of Two Cultures: This site presents and interprets
hundreds of George Catlin's artworks from the Smithsonian American Art
Museum's permanent collecti0on. Campfire Stories uses art,
artifacts, and primary source texts to bridge American history,
geography, art appreciation, environmental conservation, and
multicultural studies. The site and its lesson plans were
developed in consultation with a panel of teachers.
Science Optics and You: The site
is a science curriculum package developed for teachers, students and
parents. These activities are designed to promote the asking and
answering of questions related to light, color, and optics. The
Power of Ten activity allows students to soar through space from the
Milky Way to a single proton in order of magnitudes of ten. http://micro.magnet.fsu.edu/optics/index.html
Mesoamerican Ballgame: Take me
out to the ballgame, as played in Mesoamerica, the subtropical area
between present-day countries of Mexico and El Salvador. Learn
about the eight major cultures found in this area between 1500 BC and
1519 AD, as well as the effect of the Spanish conquest in this
region. Then, explore the architecture of the court, as well as
the balance between sport and religion within the game. Offline
activities include creation of masks, clay effigies, headdresses and
clay ballgame figurines. http://www.ballgame.org/
The Butterfly Farm: This site,
selected by the SciLinks Program sponsored by the National Science
Teachers Association, is a wonderful resource for learning about
butterflies. It contains a photo gallery and a student resource
guide containing units such as butterfly physiology, pupa stage and
the difference between moths and butterflies.
Historical Treasure Chests:
Combine a lesson on primary and
secondary resources with a little U.S. History with a smidgeon of
personal history. The initial activity identifies some primary
and secondary sources, with students looking for similarities and
differences. Activity two lets students work in teams to
discover information contained within primary source documents.
The extension activity allows students to investigate their family's
own primary source materials and display them online. http://www.k12science.org/curriculum/treasure/
Fear of Physics: As the creators
of this website say "We created this site to be a friendly,
non-technical place for you to come and 'play' with the laws of
physics for awhile.' For elementary students it explains the
physics of the world around them. Middle school and high school
students can try the different simulations, including Sound,
Collisions, Making you Jump Shot, and Zero G. Illustrations will
appeal to students as something they could accomplish, and the
explanations let everyone gain a better understanding of physics. http://www.fearofphysics.com/
Fossweb: FOSS is an elementary
and middle school science program developed at the Lawrence Hall of
Science with support from the National Science Foundation. This
site contains interactive modules on topics such as Food and
Nutrition, Solar Energy and Landforms, to name a few. Each
module contains activities and resources including pictures and
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