Saturday, October 1, 2011

Thing 5 - Thinkfinity

Thinkfinity lesson plan from iCivics: "Why Government?" Synopsis from the website:
By illustrating and sorting captions, students follow the development of John Locke's theory on natural rights. They then become familiar with Thomas Hobbes’ statement about life in a state of nature by exploring their own opinions in comparison to those of Hobbes. Students learn the vocabulary associated with the philosophy of the purpose of government through an activity called “word math.”

This is perfect for what I'm planning to do this week in 8th grade U.S. History. We will be looking at the Declaration of Independence, and this lesson is perfect for establishing the groundwork of where the ideas expressed in the Declaration came from. This lesson examines the philosophies of John Locke and Thomas Hobbes.

Thinkfinity lesson plan from National Geographic Xpeditions: "Culture Shock". Synopsis from the website: This lesson asks students to think about how cultural customs differ throughout the world. Students will research a foreign culture's customs and write stories pretending they are on vacation with a friend from the country they have researched. They and their friend will travel to a new country that neither person is familiar with, and students will describe each person's reactions to the new culture and how these reactions differ based on each person's own cultural customs and habits.
I'll be using this in 7th grade social studies where the focus is the Eastern Hemisphere. This will allow students to review and put into practice some of the ideas and terms we've already covered this year while getting a general overview of many places in the Eastern Hemisphere.

I think Thinkfinity may be my new favorite website!

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