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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)

Gamification Toolkit

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This gamification toolkit provides simple but valuable ways to gamify learning. Use the toolkit, along with your own ideas, to promote engagement in your classroom. Resources include:

  • Strategies: Get best practices for incorporating games into the classroom and templates for games.
  • Team-Building Games: Scavenger Hunts, Parachute Game, Picture This!
  • Content Games: Ciphers, Who (or What) Am I?, Review Wordly, TCI Biography Game

Foundations of Social Studies

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Need a lesson to kick off the year? Check out these free lessons and primary source activities in Foundations of Social Studies 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.
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