• TangiTech Social Studies

     Day 2


    Electronic Chalkboard - Make sure that you read everything each morning to find out procedures, assignments and announcements for the day. Every day we will have morning activities/bell ringers like we did in TangiTech #1 and #2. Click on the morning activity to go to the explanation in the list below.

     7 Billion: Are you Typical?

    Journal -  The Journal Question for today is "After Day One and reading the homework article last night, share with me how (or if) you think any of this technology would fit into your Social Studies curriculum. Tell me your reservations or excitement about using it with your children. Also, discuss the new software that we worked with Neighborhood Map Machine and it's value in your Social Studies curriculum." Respond to at least one classmate in Blackboard.



    E-Mail Assignment - Each day you need to check your Tangischools e-mail account and complete the assignment. Reply to me at ttss@tangischools.org

    US Map

    Question of the Day “There are only two states in the U.S. that are surrounded by eight other states. Find these two states and name the states that border them.”



    Research Tool 

    Gale provides your students with a library of databases to use when researching the world's most current events. The collection includes articles, photos, multi-media videos, podcasts, and more! Whether you are assigning research to your students, or looking for a place to research topics of your own, Gale Resources is a reliable source to begin.  


    Map Game for the Day -

    Practice your map knowledge by playing the games below.
    Owl and Mouse - Map Puzzles


    Cards and Capitals - Use the Calling All Capitals cards (ppt) on your TangiTech Social Studies CD and the Kagan Structure "Mix-n-Match" to practice States and Capitals. When you find your "match" work with your new Learning Partner and use...

     usa  Google maps
     Google Maps
    Google Maps - Use Google Maps to find a satellite picture of your state capital. Use terminology similar to this.... "Texas state capital in Austin, Texas" 
     Games Using Google Maps

    GeoGuessr:  Consider this scenario... You are taken by a group of friends and randomly dropped off in a place that you have never been. It is your mission to identify your location, so that you may call your team to rescue you. Can you use your knowledge of geographical features, world languages, climate zones, and  landmarks to guess your location? Get ready to get addicted.  This geography game will have you and your students hooked. Be prepared to embark on a journey that takes you all over the world!

    *It is not necessary to create an account to play the game. Creating an account will allow you to keep track of your scores.

    **Click on "More Maps" at the bottom of the GeoGuessr homepage to choose a specific adventure!**

    Smarty Pins
    Smarty Pins: "Putting Trivia on the Map...." This game will test your knowledge of history, geography, map skills and more! On the homepage, try clicking on "Select a Category" to specify the type of geography hunt you would like to embark on. The game will ask questions and you will drag a pin to the location in question. Are you a geography buff? Play this game to find out! 
    Earth Picker
    Earth Picker: Similar to GeoGuessr, you will need your geography skills to identify your location on the globe. The Earth Picker random generator will take you to five places in the world of Google Street View. Can you guess where the places are? Zoom, rotate and move the image to discover clues about the place. Explore great cities, famous attractions and the beauty of nature in our world. Watch people go about their everyday lives. 

    Place Spotting

    Place Spotting: This is a website of geographic riddles. Place Spotting is based on the Google Earth platform. Users can create their own geographic riddles, or try to solve riddles created by others. The search feature of this site allows users to search for riddles based on level of difficulty, language, region, or creation date. Try to solve one of the riddles already available, then work to create your own!


     Mystery Skype  Mystery Skype - Mystery Skype is a fun, teacher-invented learning game that builds students’ cultural awareness, critical thinking, and geography skills. Classes from around the world have the opportunity to meet each other through a video conference. By asking a series of questions, the students have to use their geography skills to guess the location of their new found friends. It's a wonderful way to expand your classroom beyond your four walls, while also putting the researching skills of your students to the ultimate test!


    Passport Creation - Make your own passport to use as you visit different places in class today. We will use this with our Google Earth activities.
    Click here for the Passport template.

    "App"-tivity of the Day  Each day you will need to visit the "App"-tivity Station.  A task will be assigned for you to complete.  Visiting the station will give you the opportunity to explore an app, while discovering ways to implement iPod and iPad activities into your social studies lessons.
    Google Earth  
    Today's App:
    Visit the "App"-tivity Station to explore Google Earth.  Type in a destination in the search bar to visit a "World Wonder."  Fly to the great pyramids of Egypt, visit the Eiffel Tower, or explore the Great Wall of China.  Use your "Google Around the Globe" tracking sheet to collect your information.

    Where in the World?

    Where in the World...? - Volume 2 - Ten questions will be answered using the student response site "Go Soap Box."  Click on the image below to navigate to the page. Input the event code below.


    Event Code: 410-982-789

    Challenge: Have your students also find the country and the latitude and longitude of each landmark. They can use Google Earth on the iPads or one of our researchings sites found under the "Resources" channel of the Tangischools homepage (World Book, Gale, Discovery Education.)

    Don't forget about the Maps and Geography webpage and the Stately Knowledge webpage. 


    MapQuest and Kidspiration - Use step-by-step directions (pdf) or (MS Word) to create a map of your neighborhood, school, or city using MapQuest and Kidspiration. Click here to see an example.



    Card Games and PowerPoint -  Use these three sets of cards (PPT) created by Denise Grigas to practice Social Studies skills. Click here to find lots of great Card Game ideas.

    SMARTBoard ActivitiesReview map skills and/or places on a map using these activities.  Magnifying Magic Maps.

    Mystery States - Use SMART Notebook and your two assigned states to create a Mystery State  presentation. Use the clues on the Mystery State .pdf files on your TangiTech SS CD to fill in the facts for your note reveal. Include the answer by using the Checker Tool. Post your two puzzles in Blackboard, so everyone will have access to everyone else's puzzles.


     Teacher Resources
    TrueFlix™ is the only online resource that leverages the award-winning True Books content to help students hone literacy skills, build knowledge of subject-area content, and cultivate 21st Century skills through the inquiry process
    TangiSchools has a subscription to TrueFlix. Click on the link below to login.
     Social Studies Power is a unique digital learning environment with more than 100 lessons dealing with history, government, communities, culture, economics, geography, native peoples, and more. The site offers richly varied lessons with instructive multimedia, literacy features, geography basics, and useful assessment tools.
    TangiSchools has a subscription to World Book. Click on the link below to login. 

    usa  VoiceThread - This online application is an excellent way for students to communicate about projects with their class and the world. After registering at VoiceThread and previewing what this website can do, we will collaborate online to discuss the Seven Wonders of the World.
    Click to view a Tutorial on how to use VoiceThread. 
    1. Go to our Seven Wonders of the World VoiceThread.
    2.  If you already have an account, sign in.  If not, REGISTER for an account.
    3.  Use the COMMENT tools to leave a remark on EACH PAGE of the VoiceThread. (text, speech, webcam, pen tool) 
    4. View and listen to the comments of your classmates as they are posted. 
    Once you are registered, you can upgrade to a VT Educator account:
    If you are a K-12 educator or if you are teaching future K-12 educators, you can get a limited upgrade to your account for free. Please contact us to apply for this account.


    Circle Books - Use these Circle Book templates (PPT) to create one folded Circle Book and one hanging Circle Book about your assigned State.

    Circle Book


    Homework- Read these articles and be ready to discuss tomorrow morning... "Can Generation M Learn Its ABCs?" by Steven Simpson in T.H.E. Journal in March 2006.
    "GPS and Learning" by Charles Sinicki in techLEARNING. Hard copies are in your handouts for today.