Photo Slideshows

I uploaded two powerpoints to my Slideshare account.  (  One contains photos of Williamsburg and Jamestown, the other one contains photos of Yorktown.  I took these pictures during the Colonial Williamsburg Teacher Institute a couple of years ago.  I know it’s not timed very appropriately, but you can download the powerpoints and save them for review.  There is a brief descriptor in the notes section of the powerpoint for each photo, telling you what the photo shows. 

Since the files are large, I can’t email these out.  I’m also not going to embed them in the blog, since I don’t want to slow it down.  But you can download them to your desktop or a jump drive.  Hope they’re useful!

Items of interest

Just a few things that may be interesting…there are several announcements, take a second to scroll through them all.

1.  Old Dominion University Center for Economic Education

 NEW REGISTRATION PROCEDURE:  REGISTER ONLINE at the Virginia Council on Economic Education’s workshop page and search by SPONSORING CENTER (ODU) for more information and to register for the workshops.  *If you do not immediately receive a confirmation email then your registration did not go through. Try again, or email Ruth Cookson ASAP.

 Focus: Understanding Economics in US History: Grades 6-12

Thursday, October 29, 2009 4:30pm – 7:30pm

Virginia Beach Higher Education Center

        Help your students to not just understand “what happened” but “why it happened” using active- learning lessons from the Council on Economic Education.  These 39 lessons, ranging from early Native Americans property rights to the economic problems faced in the 1970’s, use a unique mystery-solving approach to teach U.S. History to your high school and middle school students. Lessons are correlated to the Virginia Standards of Learning. Each participant will receive the curriculum guide Focus: Understanding Economics in US History – a $50.00 value – FREE.  Registration is limited to 25 teachers. This program made possible with support from the CEE with funding from the U.S. Dept of Education Office on Innovation and Improvement and the Virginia Bankers Association Education Foundation.  USI.1, USI.5, USI.6, USI.7, USI.8, USII.1, USII. 4, USII.6, USII.9, VUS.1, VUS.2, VUS.3, VUS.6, VUS.8, VUS.9, VUS.10, VUS.15

 Economic Skills You Can’t Live Without! Decision-Making & Cost-Benefit Analysis: Grades 6-12 

Monday, December 7, 2009   4:30pm – 6:30pm

Virginia Beach Higher Education Center

        Teachers will leave this session understanding how economics really is a “life skill” rather than a dismal science! Kudos to the Virginia Board of Education for adding these essential skills to the revised 2008 History & Social Science SOL and the draft of the new Economics and Personal Finance course. This workshop will prepare teachers for these new skills by demonstrating various decision-making models as they apply to everyday life. Then teachers will practice those skills by applying them to specific SOLs using decision grids, cost/benefit analysis, and the economic way of thinking.  Teachers will receive all lessons.

 What Every Student Should Experience: Stock Market Game™ Grade Levels: 4-12

Coming in January 2010     FULL DAY WORKSHOP!
New and veteran SMG teachers are invited to attend this day-long workshop.  Ask questions from an investing expert from the business world who will share the technical and practical information you will need to play this game in your classroom. Correlated to the SOL in math, business/marketing, social studies, and technology, it has been proven time and time again that teachers can in fact fit the game into their already-packed teaching schedules. Teachers will have an opportunity to practice navigating the SMG website and will gain access to a wealth of online curriculum materials designed to make playing the game almost effortless. Contact Ruth Cookson  if interested.

 Free  Online Stock Market Game workshops from the Virginia Council on Economic Education!!

Learn how to play the SMG from the comfort of your own home or classroom computer!   These free webinars only take an hour and will give you a good start on how the game is played and how to incorporate the SMG into your existing curriculum.    All you need is internet access and a separate phone line to participate.  It’s fun, free, easy, and convenient!    Go to   to register.

 Introduction to the Stock Market Game Program

Thu,  Jan 14, 2010 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM repeating 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM 

 Tour the Stock Market Game Teacher Support Center

Thu,  Jan 21, 2010 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM  repeating 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM  

 Tour the Stock Market Game Team Portfolio 

Thu,  Jan 28, 2010 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM  repeating  7:00 PM – 8:00 PM  

2.   Copy of the Declaration of Independence coming to VA Beach!  For more info, check out

3.  Supreme Court Summer Institute

Street Law, Inc. and the Supreme Court Historical Society will sponsor the annual Supreme Court Summer Institute, June 17-22, 2010. The institute is open to secondary level social studies teachers & supervisors, who will spend five stimulating days on Capitol Hill and inside the Supreme Court learning about the Court, its past and current cases, and how to teach about them from top Supreme Court litigators & educators. We will also be in the Court to hear the Justices announce the final decisions of the term and attend a private reception at the Court.  Interested educators can apply online (under the “Registration Info” tab), at and the application deadline is March 15, 2010.

4.  From the Gilder Lehrman Institute, an on-line exhibit about John Brown.

150 years ago, on October 16, 1859, John Brown and a band of followers, black and white, attacked the federal arsenal at Harpers Ferry, Virginia. The raid was part of a larger plan to destroy the slave system by freeing and arming slaves, and it was one of the sparks that ignited the Civil War.

To see highlights from John Brown: The Abolitionist and His Legacy, an exhibition of documents and artifacts from the Gilder Lehrman Collection on display at the New-York Historical Society from September 15, 2009 to March 25, 2010, click here:

The Brown Decision in Virginia

The Virginia Historical Society is holding a summer institute on Virginia and the Brown v. Board of Education decision.  The institute will be held from July 13-17, 2009 in Richmond.  Textbooks and reading materials are free, and meals and lodging will be provided for out of town participants.  Participants will also receive a $250 stipend upon completion of the institute. 

All Virginia teachers (public and private, elementary and secondary) are eligible.  The target group is teachers of Virginia Studies, USII, and VA/US History. 

For more information or to apply online, visit  The application deadline is May 15, 2009.

4th Grade Powerpoints

Check out the comments section under the VA Studies page.  There’s a link from Chris McElraft, who has several slideshows for VA Studies.  It’s always nice to have a new way to present information when reviewing!  Thanks for sharing Chris!