Introduce students to the basic concepts in Geography using this Centers Investigation Activity. Through reading lessons, matching cards, and games, students learn or review Geography and the skills needed for any Social Studies course.
Centers, Centers, and More Centers!
School has started and you are determined to make your middle or high school classroom different than the rest. What do you do? Easy! Transform your classroom from the desk and chair lecture monotony to an interactive walk through history or geography with Centers, archeological digs, response group lessons, or other fun, engaging activities.
While elementary classrooms have utilized centers activities for years, it has been a foreign conception at the middle and high school levels. Many classrooms still focus on the instruction gathered through the use of textbooks and lecture notes, while students grow more and more apathetic and disengaged by the minute. Change that!
Some may argue that with all of the content secondary teachers are challenged with presenting in their curriculum, it is virtually impossible to create, set up, and assess centers activities without giving up your entire life. This is a valid consideration, unless you choose to NOT reinvent the wheel. Find already created centers activities, either from my TpT Store or from other curriculum based programs such as TCI. These lessons will not only provide the content standards to your students, but they will make your classroom one that is fun and engaging.
Your classroom will be one that is loved by all!
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This Columbian Exchange Activity leads students on an adventure across oceans and to new continents in search of the goods traded during the Columbian era.
Take a trip back to Ancient India as students visit an archeological dig site for clues to the history of the lost city of Mohenjo-Daro.
Students can take an expedition to all the Ancient Civilizations in this Excavating Activity. Set this up as a Centers Activity or as an Archeological Dig Site!
Geography is much more interesting when students can see the social aspects of a location and make comparisons to their own. Travel to Europe and learn about the many different ways of the Europeans.
Start off the year with this Centers Activity on the major World Religions. As students visit the centers they will learn about the religions and will work to make comparisons between them.
African Kingdoms in the Middle Ages saw great growth and development, but the stories of these regions are often left in the pages of the textbook. Set up this interactive lesson to engage your students in this African adventure.
Allow students to take on the roles of immigrants in this Role Card Activity. They not only learn the content on the Age of Immigration to the U.S., but they also learn some lessons in empathy.