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.

Journal | Email Assignment | Question of the Day | Where in the World...?
Map Game

 The Connected Classroom

Introductions & What's It All About? - Use the "Calling All Capitals" (ppt)cards to play "I Have.... Who Has?" and introduce ourselves.

Folder on the Server - A folder has been created on the server for you to to save your work in. I have shared this folder so that you will have access to your work from any computer in the lab. The U drive "T3 lab on itf-dc" has your folder other things we will share in TTSS.
World Origami Project - In the tradition of TangiTech #1 and #2, we need to make our origami project for TangiTech Social Studies. Click here to download the pieces for your "World Origami Man" (ppt). Follow the directions below for the origami base.

Journal - On your TTSS CD in the Journal Template folder, you have two new journal templates. You may use either one for your journal response each morning. The Journal Question for today is "Consider the Comprehensive Curriculum for your grade level and Social Studies skills dealing with maps, globes, landforms, states, countries, etc. Which units/lessons/activities would benefit from enriching the curriculum with technology activities and projects... Which units need "beefing up?" Save in your folder as "Day One journal" and print two copies, file one in the project box on the back table.

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

Question of the Day - On the back door of the lab you will find the Question of the Day with stickies underneath to record your answers. "Beginning with the smallest, name the continents in size order, then name the oceans from the smallest to the largest."

Where in the World...? - Volume 1 - Ten questions should be completed together with your Learning Team. You may use the paper atlases on the front table or any online resource you can find. Don't forget about the Maps and Geography webpage and the Stately Knowledge webpage. We will use the "Numbered Heads Together" Kagan structure to check answers.

Map Game for the Day - Practice the 50 states and their locations at this website - Map Game.


SMARTBoard Activities - Review your states and capitals using these SMART activities.
- Balloon Pop States and Capitals
- Erase and Reveal States and Capitals

Wonders of the World, Easter Egg GeoCaching or Christmas Around the World - We will use the Garmin eTrex GPS units to do a GeoCaching activity around campus. Click here for Wonders of the World PPT, orEaster Egg PowerPoint or Christmas Around the World PPT with directions and assignment for activity. You might need the New 7 Wonders webpage  or the Chocolate webpage or the Christmas Around the World webpage to help with your assignment.

ftp website - All of the pieces and parts of these three GeoCaching Units are in the TangiTech Social Studies folder on the ftp site. For step-by-step directions for logging into the ftp website click here.

PowerPoint Template Creation Wizard -
Download this new plug-in to go with your PPT 2003 software. Download the PowerPoint Design Templates Pack 2 and 3 while you are there if you don't have them. We will create a PPT Design Template using this method and also by using the Slide Master View method.


Continents Song
to the tune of
"Where is Thumbkin?"

North America, South America,
Antarctica, Antarctica
Europe, Asia, Africa,
Europe, Asia, Africa,
Australia, Australia.

"Social Studies Simon Says"
Head = North Pole
Shoulders  = Tropic of Cancer
Waist = Equator
Knees - Tropic of Capricorn
Toes = South Pole

Teacher leads the class, having the kids touch different body parts as you call out parts of the globe.  Make sure your students know that they touch their heads when you say North Pole; touch their toes when you say South Pole; etc. Don't forget to follow the Simon Says rules.

Neighborhood Map Machine -
This software by Tom Snyder / Scholastic is an excellent tool for map skills.  Maps from one to 36 pages big!!

Search Through the States Scavenger Hunt - Use Kagan Structure "Stand-up, Hand-up, Pair-up to find partner to work with on scavenger hunt and project. Do research on your state and create a Stately Trading Card (ppt). Check out the samples in your handouts for today. Save your Stately Trading Card in the common folder on the server as well as in your own personal folder.

KidPix4 and Social Studies -
Click here to find a list of Kid Pix 4 images that your students can use in the software to create Social Studies projects or activities.

Homework- Read these articles and be ready to discuss tomorrow morning...
- "It's a Small (Tech) World" by Emmett Cole- Spring 2005 -EdTech Magazine

- "Young Americans geographically challenged" - USA Today, 5-2-2006.

You have a hard copy of these in your pocketfolder.


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