I am one of the two Social Studies Specialists for Portsmouth Public Schools. This blog will be another way to communicate and will help me organize my information and resources. I have a page for each subject, which will make any resources easily available, not to mention easy to find.

Also, notice the sidebar. There are links to sites that may be useful. Check out the portaportals for information and websites organized by SOL. I’ve also included a link to Sarah’s blog.

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  1. Hi Tracey,

    You should be able to click on the Slideshare logo in the bottom righthand corner of the powerpoint. It will take you to the Slideshare website where you can download the file. If you’re having problems (I was earlier when I checked it, I’m not sure if it’s the blog website or Slideshare) I have added the web address to my Slideshare profile where all of the powerpoints are stored and you can download it from there. Check under the page you need and the address is listed under “Slideshare Profile for Powerpoints.” Let me know if you need anything else!


  2. Dear Lisa,
    I teach 7th grade in Poquoson which is a very small district and there are only two seventh grade SS teachers for USII. Joyce Alexander our 8th grade civics teacher was able to attend the conference in Richmond a few weeks ago, and has shared some of the inforamtion that you provided in a seminar. Thank you, thank you, and thank you very much. You are truly an amazing resource. Since we are such a small district I can not tell you how much I appreciate the sharing of ideas.I have a few questions about some of your activities and how to use them. I would appreciate the opportunity to speak with your directly. This will be our first year for break out testing and to be frank I am someowhat intimidated by the idea. One question I had was what do you do with the inforamtion for the booklets? Also what happens with the tabbed exercises? If anyone needs an immigration webqeust there is a fantastic one on the Scholstic website for Ellis Island that my kids love. Take care, Patricia

  3. What ar the directions for the bubble game? I teach 1st grade in Fredericksburg City Schools and am trying to use it to review.

    Melissa Rinker

  4. Hi Melissa,

    That was something that was shared with us at a conference. I believe you mix up the question cards and have the kids answer the question-if they get it correct they roll the dice and get to move forward. First person to the end wins!

  5. Dear History on Tap:

    My name is Ryan Rosado and I am writing on behalf of For Love of Liberty: The Story of America’s Black Patriots, a PBS documentary that details the military contributions of African Americans. Realizing the educational significance of the film, the U.S. Army created an edited 25-minute version of the film and corresponding high school and college facilitator guides. The materials, structured to fit a classroom timeframe, are versatile and can compliment studies in American history, civics, social studies and ROTC programs.

    Two professors holding PhD’s in curriculum development created the facilitator guides. These guides define course outcomes, general information, important facts and post viewing questions for each chapter.

    The chapters of the film are divided according to wars, which allow educators the option to adapt the materials to fit specific topical discussions. The 25-minute version can be shown in its entirety or according to appropriate content. Either way, educators can customize the video footage to support several presentation formats.

    We believe History on Tap’s blog could greatly benefit from having available our facilitator guides and electronic chapters of the For Love of Liberty documentary. Since your website targets educators and history enthusiasts specifically, the materials we can send to History on Tap would allow visitors an opportunity to engage with a topic that is sometimes easily overlooked in American history.

    We would greatly appreciate any feedback or assistance you could provide for this initiative. We look forward to hearing from you and hope you consider For Love of Liberty as an additional educational resource for your website.

    Ryan Rosado

    Please note that after September 30, 2010, the For Love of Liberty educational materials will not be longer be available online since the program will not receive funding from the US Army this upcoming fiscal year. All assets will be gone. So please take this opportunity to obtain these materials free for download before they are no longer available.

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