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“TCI is Hazelwood School District’s primary source for social studies texts, materials, and electronic resources. We have used TCI products since 1998 and continue to adopt new TCI programs as they become available. Social studies teachers know that using TCI means having structures for cooperative learning, providing text that all students can comprehend and supporting the literacy goals of the district, using graphic organizers, teaching summarization skills, and engaging diverse students in learning about social studies in a real world context. I especially appreciate TCI technology, which is very user friendly; no one needs to know much about technology to make things happen in the classroom. Student usage of the technology has also increased student involvement in classroom activities.”

Barbara Easley, Social Studies Coordinator
Hazelwood School District, Florissant, MO

“Using the TCI materials has led to increased student engagement. We use it throughout our district, from elementary school through high school and have recently been pleased to add the use of TCI’s technology component in many of our classrooms. Using the TCI’s technology has been a great teaching tool for teachers. In January 2011, 49 of our teachers attended a TCI Academy. Every single teacher said it was the best professional development experience they ever had. They came away with a stronger sense of how to use the TCI materials within their curriculum to increase student engagement and achievement.”

Carla Frenzel, Secondary Social Studies Coordinator
Denver Public Schools, Denver, CO

“As a teacher, it’s so much more enjoyable teaching with TCI, even after 23 years in the classroom. I’m having a great time teaching and my students are loving learning. If I had to give any advice to other teachers going through an adoption, I’d say absolutely go with TCI. Hands down. I’m having fun and my students are having fun. In all my years of teaching, this is the most student friendly, teacher friendly program I have ever had the privilege of using.”

Jeanne VanWashenova, Social Studies Teacher
Lincoln Middle School, Ypsilanti, MI

“As a Curriculum Coordinator I helped teachers adopt TCI for elementary school. I was so impressed that I quickly expanded our adoption into middle school. I believe Geography Alive! is the finest textbook out there. After spending years in the early part of my career trying to design my own lessons I was so pleased to come upon Geography Alive! All of the lessons are first-rate and truly do meet all of the different learning styles. I am proud to say that we now have TCI throughout our district, in elementary, middle, and in many high school classes.”

Linda Prieskorn, Social Studies Teacher
Clague Middle School, Ann Arbor, MI
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The plight to escape the terror of slavery is a part of our nation’s history that should be studied.  Teachers can find many resources and stories to provide students rich experiences.  You’ll see one such story below that incorporates freedom quilts.  Click to learn what some would describe as a Quilt to Freedom.  As you can see in the wiki, the veracity of freedom quilts is not settled and most scholars doubt their (widespread) use.  See this article by Henry Louis Gates, Jr. as an example. In the fictional book Sweet Clara and the Freedom Quilt, by Deborah Hopkinson, quilts were used

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Don’t miss out on your opportunity for students to learn more about George Washington and our other presidents with this fun lesson suitable for elementary or secondary classrooms. Everything you need to build the game along with a lesson is included. Download your instructions via this LINK. You will have a lesson guide and both an elementary and secondary version of the game.  When completed, the game will look like this:

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Would you like to take advantage of the upcoming Black Friday as a way to get your students to be financially literate? Use this two-day lesson with students to explore comparison shopping and credit card use. Groups of students prepare for a fictional news conference where they release resources both in print and digital formats to assist consumers to be savvy shoppers.  This lesson incorporates the Econ Alive! The Power to Choose and the Applying Economics activities geared to financial literacy standards.  If you like what you see, explore more with a 30-day trial of the program. Click the link

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The most popular free lesson on our site five years running has been our lesson on getting started with the ISN.  We’ve updated and redesigned the lesson with a presentation and directions for print AND digital ISN’s. Everything you need to conduct this lesson from start to finish is in this slide show.  Feel free to take this and make it your own and share it with teacher friends as well. Here is the link to the Google Presentation version of this lesson.  Below is a box.com embed where you can download the PowerPoint.

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Cinco de Mayo celebrates the Mexican army’s victory over the French at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862. In the United States, many people use this occasion to honor Mexican contributions to our country. Take advantage of this holiday to have your students look around your community for examples of Mexican tradition and heritage. What better way to do that than with photographs!  In this scavenger hunt, students are challenged to capture three photographs depicting architecture, food, and arts/sports that have a direct connection to Mexican contributions. Like this activity?  In our History Alive! The US Through Industrialism

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In this free lesson from TCI, students watch/listen to Dr. King’s “I Have a Dream” speech and answer questions. In a Social Studies Skill Builder, students are assigned an excerpt from the speech. Pairs work together to find an image to showcase that depicts progress (or lack of) towards that dream. Pairs then travel to see all the excerpts and images created. In a whole class debrief using a human spectrum, students evaluate the total level of progress. Individually, students then create a photo collage which brings to life one of the excerpts. MLK Day Lesson by TCI

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Are you ready for some TCI Halloween Science fun!?  Use this fun activity to have students create slime and then debate it’s properties! Essential Question Is Slime a Liquid or Solid? ———- Preview 1.  As students enter class, divide them into heterogeneous groups of three. 2.  Prepare the materials needed for groups to make their own slime using the recipe sheet (attached) OR consider having some slime made in advance of the class.  If you have time, have the students make it though, as that’s half the fun! 3.  Challenge the students to try to make their slime into forms

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If you teach elementary school and want a fun activity that teaches some of the trivia related to Halloween in under 30 minutes, we have just the thing for you! This activity uses a PowerPoint  provided by www.uncw.edu/EdGames.  You can download this template by clicking on the picture or clicking here. Halloween Game Print slide 5 and make 10-15 copies. Cut apart. Split the class into two teams.  Tell the students that they will play a Halloween trivia game in ten minutes. Pass out a set of trivia questions so that there are enough for two to three students to

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