4th Grade Giveaway

Time for another giveaway, this time geared towards 4th grade.  Sarah and I are giving away a pack of (brightly) colored paper, which is perfect for foldables.  (500 sheets, 5 colors.)  AND whoever wins the contest can also schedule a lesson for their class to be taught by Sarah and Lisa. 

So, the first person to leave us a comment on this post wins the paper and lesson.  Good luck!

Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Workshop-3rd Grade

The VA Museum of Fine Arts (located in Richmond) is offering a workshop in March entitled “Our Classical Heritage:  Greece and Rome.”  This workshop is designed for 3rd grade teachers. 

The workshop will take place on Thursday, March 26, 2009 from 4:30-7pm.  There is a $20 fee for the workshop.  If you’re interested, call the VMFA Ticket Desk at 804-340-1405. (You need to call between 9am and 5pm Monday through Friday, or 11am-5pm Saturday and Sunday.)  If you have any questions, call Twyla Kitts at 804-204-2662 or e-mail her at twyla.kitts@vmfa.museum

This workshop will take place in Richmond.  Please take that into consideration if you are interested in this workshop~it may require you to take a few hours that day so that you arrive in time.  I’ve heard many good things about the VMFA workshops, so I think it will be worth it.  Register soon, these workshops often fill up early.

Gilder Lehrman Summer Seminars

The Gilder Lehrman Institute has posted their 2009 summer seminar schedule.  They have a ton of seminars available, all over the US as well as a few international ones.  There are several in the UK and one in Ghana.  (Ghana is open only to high school teachers however.) 

The application is available on-line.  Please read the information about the seminars you are interested in carefully, especially the parts concerning room and board.  Most seminars house participants on a university campus and you may have your own room, but might have to share a bathroom/common area. 

The Gilder Lehrman Institute announced the 2009 Summer Seminar schedule. There are forty seminars available this year. The Gilder Lehrman Summer Seminars are designed to strengthen participants’ commitment to high quality history teaching. Public, parochial, independent school teachers, and National Park Service rangers are eligible. These weeklong seminars provide intellectual stimulation and a collaborative context for developing practical resources and strategies to take back to the classroom.


Seminars offer:

  • Room and board
  • Books and teaching resources
  • Stipends of $400 (international seminar stipend of $500)

Seminars are limited to thirty participants by competitive application. Preference is given to new applicants.

Questions? E-mail seminars@gilderlehrman.org or call 646-366-9666.

Montepelier Fall/Spring Weekend Workshops

The Center for the Constitution at Montpelier has some wonderful workshops coming up later this fall and in the spring. 

The two remaining workshops for the fall are “A Bill of Rights…What is it?” on November 14-17, and “Citizenship…What is it?” on December 5-8. 


The spring workshops are:  “Constitution” on February 20-23, “Founding” on March 6-9, “Bill of Rights” on April 3-6, and “Citizenship” on May 15-18.  (I realize the seminar in May is not at the most convenient time and it is understandable that you may not receive permission to attend that one.)

Middle and high school teachers are eligible (though if you teach 6th grade I would consider you middle school) to attend these workshops.  Each workshop participant is responsible for their own transportation, but accommodations and meals are provided.  You will also receive seminar materials and teaching materials, including a class set of 30 We the People:  The Citizenship and the Constitution student texts and one teacher edition text.  You will also receive documentation to receive recertification points.

You may apply on-line, just click the link above!

Want a History Alive sample lesson?

I picked up a lot of great information at the state conference this past weekend.  Sarah and I also shared the resources on the blog with teachers from across the state and they were very excited about the resources we have in Portsmouth.

I’m going to try something new here~I’d like to share some of the things I picked up during the conference.  So, the first person to leave me a comment on this post will receive a History Alive sample lesson on Manifest Destiny.  The sample lesson includes everything you need to complete the activity.  The graphic organizers, student worksheets, pages from the text, everything!  So, leave me a comment and I’ll put it in the pony to you.  Manifest Destiny is really covered in 6th grade, so if you’re not a 6th grade teacher please either pass the word along, or share the book if you’re the winner.

270 To Win

Here’s another interesting election resource.  A participant in the workshop that Sarah and I presented at the Virginia Council for the Social Studies state conference this past weekend shared it with us. 


It’s an electoral college map.  It shows the US and the number each state has in the electoral college.  Students can change states from undecided, to red or blue, and come up with different scenarios for the election outcome. 

The site also has historical maps for every election since 1789.  The maps show who ran for President, and how each state voted. 

It’s an interesting site, and students might enjoy creating their own maps for the election outcome.  A big thanks to the workshop participant who pointed this out!

VCSS Conference

Thanks to everyone who came out to our session at the VCSS Conference on Friday.  Sarah and I enjoyed presenting to you, and we hope that you got something useful out of it!  You guys were a great group. 

I’m sorry I had to rush at the end when I was discussing the blog.  (We didn’t want to keep you over our time.)  So a few things I’d like to mention~

  • In addition to the games, foldables and powerpoints, you’ll find unit reviews, vocabulary cards, note taking pages, and graphic organizers.  But again, Sarah and I do things a little differently, so please don’t expect the exact same thing for every SOL. 
  • All of the information in the activities came straight from the curriculum guide.  While additional material may be taught during class about an SOL, we only included the tested information in the activities. 
  • Feel free to leave comments or e-mail us if you have a question.  I just want you to know that the person you e-mail or leave a comment for may not be who replies to you.  For example, I deal mostly with the USII and USI information, so if you send me an e-mail asking about Civics, you’ll probably get a reply from Sarah.  We split subjects to make it easier on ourselves. 

Thanks again for attending our presentation!  Have a great year!

Election Resources

A friend of mine brought these to my attention:





They are maps (using Google Earth) of the presidential and vice presidential candidates lives.  Each map begins where the candidate was born and takes you through key points in their life.  (Where they attended school, when they took office, etc.)  Each stop on the map has a blurb with information about that point in time.  They are really interesting!

I also have a few more good sites if you’re looking for election resources:

http://www.timeforkids.com/TFK/election08/  (Time for Kids:  includes meet the candidates, kid reporters, inside the issues, path to the presidency, contact your Congressman, and an electionary to define unfamiliar election terms.)

http://teacher.scholastic.com/scholasticnews/indepth/election2008.htm  (Scholastic:  includes student vote, ask the candidates, issues, campaign news, games and quizzes.)

http://www.weeklyreader.com/election/index.asp (Weekly Reader:  includes hot topics, meet the candidates, how it works, election issues, games, and ask us anything.)

All of these sites have great information and resources on the election.  Deinitely check out the Google Map site!  Hope they help!