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Current Events Toolkit

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The Current Events Toolkit provides a structure for bringing current events into the curriculum. It includes strategies for navigating current events with your students. Resources include:

  • Strategies: Guide students through identifying perspectives, analyzing new stories, and discussing current events.
  • Graphic organizers: Main Idea /Detail, 5W’s, Evaluation Web
  • Class discussions: Sentence starters, speaking and listening checklists, and more
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Aligned with Florida State Standards, TCI’s ready-to-teach civics lessons prepare your students to become informed, civically-engaged members of their communities. Resources in this collection include:

  • Three Ways Community Leaders Can Help (FL Civics Benchmarks: SS.2.CG.1.1)
  • The Rise of Democracy (FL Civics Benchmarks: SS.6.CG.1.1, SS.6.CG.1.3)
  • A New Role for the West (FL Civics Benchmarks: SS.912.CG.4.2)

Foundations of Social Studies

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Need a lesson to kick off the year? Check out this collection of free lessons and primary source activities in our Foundations of Social Studies collection to set the stage for the rest of the school year.

  • What Are the Social Sciences?: Find and share artifacts from home that represent economics, geography, civics, and history.
  • Investigating the Past: Act as a “history detective”! Learn about the past by asking questions and conducting inquiries.
  • America’s Founding Ideals: Examine primary sources to study the influence of the ideals in the Declaration of Independence.

Students can take advantage of the summer weather by exploring nature—and learning at the same time! Keep learning going this summer with these free investigations.

  • Ouch! A Prickly Plant: Learn how cactus survives in the desert. Then, conduct a Super Simple Science investigation to model how a cactus saves water using a sponge.
  • Let Worms Do the Work: Read about the important role worms play in turning plant and animal waste into compost for farmers. Then, build your own worm compost as a fun summer science experiment.
  • Hey! Don’t Eat My Plants!: Explore ways gardeners use to keep hungry animals and insects away from garden plants. Then, construct a plant protector of your design to protect a plant in the garden.
  • Wildlife in the City: Think and reflect on the wildlife living in the urban environment as you learn about the urban ecosystem and how animals adapt to city life.
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