Resources for Social Studies

Ohio Social Studies Standards COVID-19 Gap Analysis

This document was created to assist educators in preparing instruction for the 2020-2021 academic year.  It will illuminate any gaps in learning that may have been created during the school building closure of 2020, in order to address them with students during the 2020-2021 academic year.  
K-8 Gap Analysis
High School Courses Gap Analysis 

Social Studies Virtual Meetups


Use Tools of the Historian to Teach Current Events 

Linda McKean, Social Studies Consultant
Feb 2, 4-5 p.m.
Insurrection, impeachment and inauguration mark the first weeks of 2021. In this social studies virtual meetup, participants will look at using tools of the historian, including media literacy, and incorporating them into the social studies classroom as a way to talk about current events.

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Ohio and the 19th Amendment

Megan Woods, Director of Cultural Resources at the Ohio History Connection
September 23, 10-11
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Megan Woods will present about Ohio’s involvement in getting the 19th amendment passed and Ohio suffragettes as the nation celebrates 100 years of women having the right to vote.

Recordings of Previous Virtual Meetups

Session 101:  Basic tools for Remote Learning in your Classroom

Garth Holman, JC Lenk, Beachwood Schools and Travis Armstrong
Dublin City Schools 

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This session provided an overview of the four main tools teachers should master to provide engaging content online during remote learning. Topics of discussion will be screen capture soft ware, virtual meeting places, visual teaching tools, and video tools. The session will have resource links to tutorials for all tools mentioned and all will have a "free" option for participants.   

Session 201: Advanced online tools for Remote social studies Learning in your Classroom 

Garth Holman, JC Lenk, Beachwood Schools and Travis Armstrong 
Dublin City Schools 

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This session provided an overview and examples of more free products (some have paid options for more services) that take remote learning  up a notch or two.  This session will explore how teachers can build and create engaging projects to excite students in a remote environment and also see how students can build with these tools to create proof of content learning--in no traditional ways.  As with Session 101, tutorials will be provided for all topics addressed, these could, but are not limited to: Peardeck, Thinklink, My Maps, Google Earth Projects, and VR projects. 

Discovering History Through Archaeology: how we know what we think we know about the unwritten past

Dr. Brad Lepper
Senior Curator of Archaeology at the Ohio History Connection

Any educator who teaches about ancient civilizations and the prehistoric past, can learn from Dr. Brad Lepper about how historians know about prehistoric peoples and civilizations. (The first minute is missing.)

Inquiry Based Global Learning in the Social Studies Classroom

Dr. Brad Maguth
Director, H.K. Barker Center for Economic Education
Associate Professor, Social Studies Education

This session focused on inquiry-based global learning in the social studies classroom. Free online tools and resources were shared with participants.


Genoa Area Local Schools: Tools and Ideas for Teaching Remotely (all grades and content areas)

Educators from Genoa Area Local School share their experiences using choice boards and sharing them with their students electronically. Many diverse strategies and resources are shared during the presentation.

A Tale of Two Teachers

This series showcased two Ohio teachers who developed platforms for students and parents to follow at home and a methodology for students to provide evidence of learning. Part 1 and Part 2 each featured one teacher who shared details of what she developed to teach in an online environment.

Part 1: Grid Method, Session Materials (5/13/20)​:  Session Slides

Part 2: Digital Notebook,  Session Materials (5/14/20): Session Slides


Social Studies Ideas for Students with Little or No Access to Technology

Bloom's Revised Taxonomy - Question Starters 
For K-Grade 6 Students
For Grade 7-High School Students

Making the Case for Elementary Social Studies

Professional Resources for Social Studies

Making Career Connections in Social Studies: Thinking Like A...
(courtesy of the Iowa Department of Education)

Additional Resources and Tools

Last Modified: 5/11/2021 10:06:59 AM