Happy Holidays! It doesn't seem possible that we are already at this point in the 2014-2015 school year. So far this year, students in 8th Grade Social Studies have learned about the causes of the Civil War, the Civil War, Reconstruction, and the Second Industrial Age. Students have had the opportunity to use numerous technological tools to enhance learning, and to 'show what they know.' In each study unit, students take part in Mrs. Hesseltine's U.S. History Lab whereby students work with information related to U.S. History (studying various perspectives, challenging the textbook, or adding to what is typically learned in a U.S. History class). Below are some pictures of students working with a timeline app from the International Reading Association. Students have been working hard to create invention timelines displaying popular inventions of the late 1800's & early 1900's along with inventions that are likely not found in their U.S. History book (for example, when were gummy bears invented?).
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Mrs. Jennifer Hesseltine teaches United States History at the Malone Middle School in Malone, New York. When not at school, Mrs. Hesseltine can be found researching innovative ways to peak student interest in learning. Mrs. Hesseltine was recently accepted into the first cohort of TED-Ed Innovative Educators, the education initiative of TED Talks. Mrs. Hesseltine is also a contributing author of the Teaching Channel Blog, and has also contributed ideas to the TED-Ed Blog and Education Week Teacher with Larry Ferlazzo. Contact Mrs. Hesseltine via email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or via Twitter @jenhesseltine.