Social Studies Strands in the State of Ohio



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Craig M. Grimm

  • ED 639
  • Secondary Social Studies:
  • Curriculum and Materials
  • Professor - Ronald G. Helms
  • Winter 2002

Objectives of SS Strands

  • The Ohio Department of Education has created these Social Studies strands in an attempt to develop a variety of crucial skills within the same SS classroom.
  • The strands help guide teachers who are unsure of how to develop these areas of SS into their classes, and will strengthen their abilities as a teacher.

Ohio Department of Education: Social Studies Strands

American Heritage - Internet sites

  • History of Native Americans - http://www.nativeamericans.com
  • Pilgrim Influence - www.plymouthrock.com
  • History of the Original 13 Colonies - www.jamestownhistory.net/earlyamerican/
  • History Search - http://www.yahoo.com/unitedstates/history
  • Family Trees - www.familytree.org/America/

American Heritage - Activities

  • Determine the origin of your family name.
  • Trace your family tree back at least 4 generations.
  • Locate Native American tribes that used to live in your area.
  • Video and Open Response Questions- Plymouth Rock, My Home.
  • Investigate why the original 13 colonies felt they had to break free from England.

People in Societies - Internet sites

  • United States Census -
  • http://www.census.gov
  • Global Population - www.globalpop.com
  • African Culture and Development - www.africanculturetoday.net/1462/upenn/
  • AIDS Awareness - http://www.AIDS.com/awareness/
  • United Nations - http://www.un.org

People in Societies - Activities

  • Determine the population of the United States…and the rest of the world.
  • Investigate a major religion and determine its effect on the rest of the world.
  • Map where the AIDS virus is most deadly, and write down 3 reasons why such a location would be the most detrimental.
  • Essay - What role does the UN play in aiding the world’s citizens?
  • Magazine Collage - How does American culture effect the rest of the world?

World Interactions - Internet sites

  • CNN -
  • http://www.cnn.com
  • Interactive World News- www.worldandi.com
  • MSN News - www.msn.com/globalissues/home.html
  • Public Events - http://tomorrow.com/19~sr/base.html
  • Public Awareness: Worldwide - http://www.publicnews.net/worldwide/

World Interactions - Activities

  • Geography Game - Countries of the World.
  • Venn Diagram - US influence v. Rest of the World’s influence.
  • Current Events - Newspaper Article Summaries.
  • Cooperative Activity - Determine one success and one failure of the Global Community (UN for example).
  • Debate - Should the US act as the World’s “peace keeper”?

Citizenship Rights and Responsibilities - Internet sites

  • Rock the Vote - www.rockthevote.org
  • The Judicial Branch -
  • http://www.judicial.gov
  • The Bill of Rights-
  • www.billofrights.com
  • 1st Amendment Rights - www.1stamendmentrights.net
  • IRS & Taxes - www.irs.com

Citizenship Rights and Responsibilities - Activities

  • Register to Vote.
  • Apply for the Selective Service and for Jury Duty.
  • Evaluate a W-2 form and file a tax return (real if possible).
  • 1-2 page essay about the importance of the 1st Amendment in their everyday lives.
  • Debate on controversial rights -
  • - Right to bear arms
  • - Freedom of Religion (in schools)
  • - Privacy Rights (after Sept. 11th)

Democratic Process - Internet sites

  • The House of Representatives - www.house.gov
  • US Congress -
  • http://www.congress.org
  • Ohio Legislature-
  • www.ohio.gov
  • United State Constitution - www.constitutionalanalysis.net
  • How a Bill Becomes a Law - http://www.billsandlaws.org

Democratic Process - Activities

  • Use the US Constitution to determine which articles
  • established the 3 branches of Government.
  • Complete “How a Bill Becomes a Law” story.
  • Compare federal levels of gov’t with those of
  • state and local levels.
  • Write a letter to your House Rep.
  • about an issue you are
  • concerned about.
  • Video on the Bill of Rights…
  • ”What are YOUR Rights?”

Decision Making and Resources - Internet sites

  • Youth Leadership -
  • http://www.leadershipsociety.com
  • The White House- www.whitehouse.gov
  • United Nations Special Task Units - www.un.org/stu/home.html
  • United States Treasury - http://www.ustreasury.gov
  • Federal Budget - http://www.fedbudget.net

Decision Making and Resources - Activities

  • Evaluate a summary of the Federal Budget and Determine the deficit or surplus for the upcoming year.
  • Read article on Leadership and Street Democracy written by Eric Harper.
  • Worksheet about the new money printed by the United States.
  • CD ROM - Global Money: Yen, Euro, Peso, Pound, Dollar.
  • Write an essay about which 3 people are the most important world leaders today. (2-3 pages)

Science, Technology, and Society - Internet sites

  • Channel 1 News - www.channelone.com
  • Learning to use the Web for Research -
  • www.educationresearch.com
  • McGraw-Hill -
  • www.mcgrawhill.com
  • Classroom Technology and Organization - www.classtech.net/782~wil/home.htm.
  • Learning Source- www.learningsource.com

Science, Technology, and Society - Activities

  • Create a Power Point presentation to present your history topic to the rest of the class.
  • Film a short video (3-5 min.) reacting a moment in history.
  • Use the Internet to research a topic for a paper. Reference at least 4 sites visited…giving their URL’s.
  • Review a Hollywood history production and compare and contrast it to the original events studied in class.
  • Use the Internet to register to vote, apply for the selective service, file a tax return, or e-mail your congressman. In addition, visit various government agencies online.
  • Social Studies
  • Strands
  • Democratic
  • Process
  • Citizenship Rights
  • & Responsibilities
  • Technology &
  • Science
  • American Heritage
  • People in Societies
  • World
  • Interactions
  • Decision Making
  • & Resources


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