Monday, December 2, 2013

Week 9--Social Studies. Locate and blog about any article relating to social studies. Read Newspaper Making and Current Events (handouts in your packet). These handouts describe ways that you can use newspapers in your elementary classrooms to engage your students in current events and social studies as well as accomplishing some of the literacy objectives and skills from the common core. Due December 4th.

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  1. The New York Times, Monday, Dec. 2, 2013
    China Launches Moon Rover Mission
    By Chris Buckley

    Summary:
    Early Monday, a rocket from China carrying the country’s first robotic lunar rover blasted off. If successful, the mission will be China’s first “soft landing” on the moon—a landing which allows a rover craft to operate after descending. Only the Soviet Union and the United States have been able to accomplish this in 1976 and 1972, respectively. The landing vehicle is scheduled to descend in about two weeks, and the rover will spend three months exploring and collecting data. According to some, China’s space activities are generating skills to enhance the country’s science, satellites, and military. It could also result in “spinoff” technologies.

    Connections to Social Studies:
    Global Connections-
    In the global world in which we live, what happens in any country affects the rest of the world. As China makes advancements in technology, it affects how the United States and other countries will respond to the ability for increased military strength. The relationship between the United States and China is tenuous, as it is, and may become increasingly strained with technological advancements that could threaten that relationship.

    Weekly Question/Theme:
    Locate and blog about any article relating to social studies.
    I chose to blog about this article because I was looking for an article that has connections to the sixth grade Standard IV: Students will understand current global issues and their rights and responsibilities in the interconnected world. In Objective 2: Explore current global issues facing the modern world and identify potential solutions, students have an opportunity to identify why this event might have implications on China’s relationship with other countries, including the United States and identify how they and other groups can find solutions to interstate relationship issues and make positive changes in the world.

    Classroom Applications:
    As mentioned above, students would have an opportunity to examine their lives and see what changes they can make in the real world. They need to see that their ideas can make a difference in their communities and also in world issues. It would be exciting to have a classroom debate about the pros and cons of the Chinese space program expansion and what difference it might make in the world. These kinds of issues actually influence U.S. policies, and it would be a great way for students to form ideas and opinions that they could share with policy makers.

    Submitted by Joyce Mustoe

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    1. This looks like a really big step for China! It will probably affect many things in their country and be a door to a lot of new research! Thanks for sharing this!

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  2. New York Times, December 2 2013
    As Hospital Prices Soar, a Stitch costs $500
    by Elisabeth Rosenthal

    Summary:
    This article is about how two patients went in for cuts that they got. One patient had to pay $2,229.00 for three stitches. And the other patient $1696.00 for just some skin glue to glue the cut back together. And it talked about the inflated prices in American Hospitals. American hospitals charge about 5 time the charge of hospitals in other developed countries. And the article showed the market price of different things like an IV fluid bag. The market price for an IV fluid bag is $1 but the price at a hospital in California is $137.

    Connection to Social Studies:
    Our market and the prices of things in our country are a huge part of the study of our society. It's interesting to compare our prices to those in other countries and ask why it is this way in the United States and not other countries. It is also interesting to think about why hospitals can get away with charging so much.

    Classroom Application:
    This would be a good way to teach the Social Studies Standards about the market and supply and demand. When somebody has an emergency and their life is at stake, they pretty much have no option but to pay whatever the hospital charges. So their services are in very high demand. And the hospital can get away with charging so much for little things because of this high demand. So this would be a good way to teach about supply and demand.

    Weekly Question:
    I think the newspaper is a great way to involve students in Social Studies. So many students don't realize that Social Studies is happening all around us and is happening to them. They view it as things in the past. And that is why using current events and the Newspaper to teach Social Studies is so powerful. Because then the students will see that this is something current that affects them. And it will mean more to them when they make that connection.

    Lana Poppleton

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    1. I like your connections and applications. It would be interesting to have a discussion and maybe even research with your students why it is that way. Does it have to do with supply and demand? Or does it have to do more with the types of governments in each country?

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    2. Thanks, Katy, for your comment. What a great research topic on a "hot" topic about which many families wonder.

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    3. I love how you pointed out how this article relates to economics. It is great because the students probably have heard their parents talking about this subject. Students will be interested to learn about it themselves and start to create their own opinions.

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    4. Very interesting! I relate to this article so well, my husband had a visit to the hospital during the summer and we are still seeing the bills! It's crazy! I liked how you connected it back to economics- I didn't even think about it. It truly is just supply and demand.

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  3. Wall Street Journal, December 3, 2013
    Egyptomania Exhibit
    Jennifer Maloney

    Summary:
    In 1880 the Egyptian obelisk known as Cleopatra's Needle was given to the U.S. as a gift from the Egyptian government. It's resting near New York's Metropolitan Museum which will open a new exhibition on Cleopatra's Needle on Tuesday. To the Egyptians the obelisk was a symbol of the sun god, but it has also come to represent antiquity and eternity. The exhibition will focus on the fixation with obelisks by the Egyptians and Romans and answer the question, why are obelisks so important to everyone? Ceasar Augustus originally had them moved to Rome when he annexed Egypt, then they were later moved by Pope Sixtus to the public square as a sign of his papal power. By the late 1800's fascination with all things Egyptian had traveled across the Atlantic.

    Connection to Social Studies:
    This has a very strong tie with the 6th grade core and studying Ancient Egypt. You could study about the rulers who created the obelisks and why they were so important to the ancient Egyptians. You could also talk about the spread of cultures and how people in America started becoming interested in Egyptian culture and lifestyle.

    Classroom Application:
    I would definitely use this article as a hook to get students interested in studying Ancient Egypt and show them some of the culture and artifacts we have in America from Ancient Egypt. I would have this be a lead in to learning about the symbols of Egypt and how they had many different Gods that they worshiped.

    Weekly Question:
    I love the idea of using Newspapers in the classroom to help students make connections with the world around them and be knowledge about current events. My sixth grade teacher has us read the newspaper and come prepared to share a current event with the class every month. This really instilled in me a great love of reading the newspaper and knowing about current events. Going with the literacy side of things, newspapers can be awesome examples of teaching students how to write opinion papers and how to write persuasively.

    Blog Author: Katy Powell



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    3. Wow! What a great connection you made with the sixth grade core! This would definitely pique my interest in all things Egyptian. Additionally, I can't say how much I enjoy reading the "Newspapers in Education" sections of the Deseret News. I definitely look forward to using newspapers, including children's editions, in my future classroom. They're a great way to tie social studies, and any other content area, to real life. I'm sad to see the production of newspapers dwindling. I guess it's part of the technology craving craze!

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    4. I loved your idea of using this article as a hook to get students excited about studying Ancient Egypt! Bringing in a current newspaper article is a great way to show that the topic is still of interest to many people. I think students would have several questions they want to find answers to after reading this article which would make learning more meaningful and exciting.

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    5. This is an interesting article! What a great find because it ties so well with sixth grade social studies! It has been more challenging for me to find an article that relates to 6th grade core, so props for finding one! What a great way to connect it to their real life, and hook them in with how it is important now.

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  4. New York Times/ 12-2-13
    Urban Schools Aim for Environmental Revolution/ By: Michael Wines

    Summary: The Miami-Dade County school system and more than 2.6 million others nationwide are attempting to start an environmental revolution. They are beginning by replacing foam lunch trays with compostable plates. These plates, made from sugar cane, can be turned into compost which is highly valued by farmers and gardeners. The alliance members- the public school systems on board- are hoping that combining their purchasing power will influence suppliers to sell healthy and environmentally friendly products at lower costs. While the benefits of their current efforts to change lunch plates and to switch to antibiotic-free chicken may seem small, the chief executive of school support services in New York City said, “Using recyclable plates or serving healthier chicken sets an example that students may carry into adulthood”.

    Connection to Social Studies: This article relates to Ecological Understanding, one of the conditions of democracy. This refers to the idea that we are all responsible for taking care of the Earth.
    This article could also be related to 3rd Grade Standard 1, Objective 3, Indicator c: Describe ways to conserve and protect natural resources (e.g. reduce, reuse, recycle). Students could not only be informed of what their school is doing for the environment, but could learn ways that they can help take care of the Earth.

    Classroom Application: The teacher could read a selection from this article so students understand what their school or other schools are doing for the environment. This could lead into a discussion about what we could do as a class to help take care of the Earth. For example, we could begin recycling in our classroom and encourage it in our school.

    Weekly Question: Newspapers are a great way to incorporate social studies in the classroom. From the handout, I liked the idea of incorporating current events during class meetings. This article would allow students to discuss the importance of taking care of the Earth, and could also lead into a discussion about what our classroom could do.

    Blog Author: Kara Weathers

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    1. I thought that this was a very interesting article. I think that the students could do a lot with this article. They could write their ideas or they could even write to our school district or the state to give their thoughts of thing that we can do to take care of Earth in the school.

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  5. The New York Times
    Monday, December 2, 2013
    Urban Schools Aim for Environmental Revolution
    By Michael Wines

    Article Summary:
    Schools across the United States are choosing to serve school lunch on compostable plates rather than Styrofoam. The compostable plates are made from sugar cane, so they can be thrown away with uneaten food and turned into compost. This keeps Styrofoam plates and food from filling landfills. The sugar cane plates cost 9 cents more than the Styrofoam plates, but the schools say that they would rather invest in the future than put their money in a landfill. By being environmentally friendly, schools are a good example for the students and the community.

    Social Studies Connection:
    This article connects to the NCSS theme of people, places, and environments because it deals with conserving the environment that we live it and civic ideals and practices because people make financial sacrifices for the greater good. This article connects with the social studies core in 3rd grade:
    Standard 1
    Students will understand how geography influences community location and development.
    Objective 3
    Analyze ways cultures use, maintain, and preserve the physical environment.
    A. Identify ways people use the physical environment (e.g. agriculture, recreation, energy, industry).
    C. Describe ways to conserve and protect natural resources (e.g. reduce, reuse, recycle).
    E. Make inferences about the positive and negative impacts of human-caused change to the physical environment.

    Application:
    In my classroom I would use this article to discuss how we can be more environmentally friendly in our own classroom or school. This conversation might lead to changes in our classroom environment or a school improvement project. Students could also participate in a service project in the community. Students could write down their experience in a class newspaper to share with other classes or their families.

    Social Studies Newspaper:
    I picked this article because it relates to how schools really can affect the community and be an active part of making their community a better place. This article also discusses different ways that schools can become more environmentally friendly. As far as the readings go I really liked the idea of a class newspaper to record things that are happening in our classroom or parts of history that we are learning about.

    blog author: Laura Villicana

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  6. The Wall Street Journal, December 2, 2013
    Philippine Diaspora Boosts Relief Effort
    By: Kathy Chu & Miriam Jordan

    Summary:
    Rogelio "Vontz" Santos Jr. is a filipino man working in New York and has a lot of friends who lost families in Typhoon Haiyan. He has since charted more than 4 tons of water, sardines, and antibiotics to the typhoon-ravaged areas that have seen little aid. "A lot of things got deprioritized, and this is my priority now." He has funded 14 relief missions with the $50,000 he and his friends have raised so far.
    Connection to Social Studies:
    This story relates to social studies because it is a true example of a man doing everything he can to help others. We cannot control when typhoons hit or the damage that they will cause, but we can make a difference by providing aid and support. We hear about these natural disasters all over the world in the newspaper and it is cool to hear about what people are doing to help.

    Classroom Application:
    This would provide an excellent lesson on being prepared for an emergency, and why natural disasters around the world affect us (sometimes in different ways). It would be a great way to teach children the importance of being involved and how to have compassion on others.

    6th grade, standard 4 objective 2a: Investigate pressing issues facing the world today (e.g. environmental, pollution, political turmoil, hunger, poverty, genocide, famine, natural disasters, child labor).

    Taryn Lewis

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    1. I love this because it takes something tragic and shows the beautiful things that come of it. I think it would inspire the students to want to make a difference in the world.

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  7. The New York Times
    December 5, 2013
    Baffling 400,000-Year-Old Clue to Human Origins
    by Carl Zimmer

    Scientists found a femur in a cave in Spain that dated back to 400,000 years ago. The earliest record was 100,000 years old, so this new discovery was huge. Scientists had created a story about the migration of humans, but now they have to rethink their story.

    Connections to Social Studies:
    Global Connections-
    This new discovery is huge. Many people are very interested in world history. They want to know where we came from. While many people believe in evolution, this discovery may begin to change those beliefs. This discovery affects the whole world.

    Weekly Question/Theme:
    In sixth grade they study about ancient civilizations. This article is very relevant to social studies. It not only helps us understand more about human origins, but it helps us see where they lived and where they migrated to.

    Classroom Applications:
    In the classroom, I would write a summary of this article and read it with the students. I think it would be really exciting to use in social studies and in science. I would love to bring in different items and have the students guess how old they think it is. I would also like to make some kind of timeline with the students so they can understand more about how much 400,000 years actually is. If they understood more about the scientific process and what this discovery means for the world, I think they would be really excited.

    Author: Kelsey Captain

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    1. That's a really cool article. It would be fun to integrate this into a science unit about making hypothesis based on evidence and what happens when a new piece of evidence is introduced.

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  8. New York Times, December 2, "Urban Schools Aim for Environmental Revolution" by Michael Wines

    Summary: Some elementary schools in Florida are trying to start helping the environment more by using biodegradable lunch plates. They're made out of sugar cane and can be put in a compost pile with the leftover food on them. The school has more goals to help the environment like ordering food with less packaging waste. They also want to start serving healthier food for their students.

    Connection to Social Studies: The more ways people can find to help the environment, the better. It is part of our civic duty. These schools are trying to set an example for all school districts. No big changes happen in society without someone starting them.

    Classroom Application: Every school has something that they do to help the environment, if only recycling. A good thing to do in the classroom would be to think of more things the school could do to help the environment. Students could do research and make posters encouraging other classes to participate.

    Weekly Theme: The 4th grade, Standard 1, Objective 3b states: "Explain viewpoints regarding environmental issues (e.g. species protection, land use, pollution controls, mass transit, water rights, trust lands)." This is an issue that students will grow up being blind to unless teachers point it out to them.

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    1. I love the idea of encouraging students to make changes they believe in. Showing them that such changes are being made every day in ways (big or small) that are beneficial to the world can help fan their flames! I would have never thought about sugar cane lunch plates, but someone else did, and they had the passion to make it happen.

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  9. Ukraine Leader Called to Resign As Anger Swells
    The New York Times
    December 2, 2013
    By David M. Herszenhorn

    Article Summary:
    Ukraine has been really frustrated with their President, Viktor F. Yanukovich. They are starting to protest the government and are calling it a revolution. The reason they are protesting is because they feel that the President is pushing the country back toward Russia, when they want the country to be more toward Europe. They believe that toward Europe is better for their image and economy.

    Social Studies Connection:
    This article relates to the social studies core in sixth grade. In the core, the students are supposed to learn about how revolutions and their impact on the modern world. They are supposed to understand the process of a revolution. This article talks about what the Ukrainian people are doing. They could use this article to analyze whether Ukraine is going through a revolution or just protests.

    Application:
    I would use this article as a resource to have students look at different social, religious, and economical issues that lead to revolution. The students can see through current issues that revolutions are still impacting the world and how they begin. They will be able to see different perspectives and see a real time revolutionary idea happen and see how it can turn out.

    Social Studies:
    This article is a great resource for looking at revolutions. This is the Sixth grade core, Standard 3, Objective 1, Indicator a and b. Also Standard 3, Objective 2 with indicator b could be a good resource for comparing and contrasting the revolutions. As a class, we could start developing a time line of events and things going on in Ukraine. We could also use this to contrast with other revolutions. They could write news articles about Ukraine as well as the other revolutions and compare the time lines.

    Author: Rachel Stokes

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    1. I feel teaching students about other countries and the revolutions they have there opens their eyes. It expands their perspective and can help them question and learn about the world in a new context that challenges their thinking.

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  10. Wall Street Journal, Dec. 5, 2013
    The Christmas Pageant as a GapKids Ad; 'Silent Night' has been silenced. There's no room for religion at the school 'winter concert.'
    By Paul H. Tice

    Summary
    It used to be safe to celebrate Christmas and to speak about it in public schools, but the holiday's name has become taboo. There is less emphasis on Christ's birth and more on the materialistic aspects of Christmas, such as Santa and Rudolph. We now call Christmas break and Christmas concerts "winter break" and "winter concerts". Even the word holiday is starting to disappear, since it's so close to "holy day".

    Connections to Social Studies
    Individual Development and Identity
    Individuals, Groups, and Institutions
    Culture
    Time, Continuity, and Change
    It's interesting how the world tells us how we need to be more accepting of other's beliefs and become more politically correct. The world today has changed a lot from the 1990s, when it wasn't a problem to talk about Christmas and sing religious carols in celebration in public schools.

    Weekly Question
    Locate and blog about any article relating to social studies.
    I've seen and heard this issue discussed a lot lately. For instance, a recent Facebook post from one of my friends said "Why are people referring to the Christmas tree as a 'Holiday Tree'? We don't call a Menorah a 'Holiday Candle Holder'." American culture is changing, and the shifting views of religious beliefs are a big factor in this.

    Classroom Applications
    In the UEN social studies core standards for Kindergarten, Standard 1, Objective 1, indicator a, it says that students will be able to "Describe and compare characteristics of self and others (e.g., differences in gender, height, language, BELIEFS, and color of skin, eyes, hair). " It's important for the beliefs of our students to be respected, not squelched.

    -Holly Meek

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    1. AMEN! While I do understand and respect people's different opinions, that doesn't mean you blot out what you don't agree with. There needs to be room to have different traditions, beliefs, and opinions!

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  11. New York Times, Monday Dec. 2, 2013
    "Ukraine Leader Called to Resign as Anger Swells" by David M. Herszenhorn

    Summary of Article:
    Ukrainians are protesting and demanding the resignation of President Viktor F. Yanukovich. They call their protest a "revolution" and are angered that the President will not sign political and free trade accords with the European Union. Another reason for their "revolution" is their disagreement with the police force used to dissuade them.

    Connect to Social Studies:
    There are a LOT of politics involved with what the trade accords mean, who wants the President to sign, who doesn't want him to sign, what other options are there, and what the repercussions will be. Social studies involves understanding other people's perspectives. Standard 3: "Students will understand how revolutions have had an impact on the modern world." People have the power to change the government and outcomes.

    Classroom Application:
    I would use this to discuss- how do we figure out things when we disagree? As a teacher, I have the final say. But what should happen if the majority of students disagree? I would want to make our classroom a mini representation of what is happening all over the world. We could discuss ways of having a revolution and what makes them good or bad.

    Weekly Question:
    Newspapers are an excellent way to bring up social studies. It brings up a smattering of different topics and gives students an opportunity to be exposed to different perspectives, attitudes, and opinions. I think it is very important to teach kids how to read a newspaper. Not just literacy. But on a deeper level. What is the author trying to convince you of? What is the other side to the issue? How does it affect you? All of these are important for students to experience and understand. It will help them be more capable and mature adults that can participate in society with a broader perspective.

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    1. Holly, I liked your idea about bringing this real world situation into the classroom by discussing how revolutions affect the communities in which they exist. I feel that students in our nation may not understand fully what revolution is about because it's not a big part of our current lifestyle, but for some people in other parts of the world revolution is a major part of their governmental/political situation. It's important the students recognize this fact and think about what affects revolution has on the citizens in the area.

      --Heather Young

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  12. "With More Than 123,000 Votes Cast, National Zoo Names Its Giant Panda Club"
    New York Times
    December 3, 213
    Emmarie Huetteman

    Summary:
    A giant panda was recently born in Washington’s National Zoo this past August, and its name was put up for a democratic vote via twitter. The name Bao Bao was selected as the most popular name.


    Social Studies Connection:
    This is a very simple example of democracy in action! The naming of this panda was put up to the voice of the people, all over the world. It was great to see that through the casting of votes, a decision was made. This connects easily to social studies because it is the voice of the people can make special decisions, no matter big or small.

    Classroom Application:
    It would be simple to apply this article into the classroom; students could be given the opportunity to vote on a classroom rule, student body president, or student of the week. By giving the students this opportunity, they would be able to experience hands on the process of voting democratically.

    --Heather Young

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  13. New York Times
    New Job After Shots Are Fired
    Dec. 2, 2013
    By: Michael Powell

    Summary:
    A man was shot and killed nearby an elementary school. Teachers hurt the shooting and were worried for their students' lives. Everyone stopped what they were doing and rushed upstairs for safety. Luckily there was not any other shootings that occurred after the first one and everyone was safe. The teachers at the school were shook up and realized how unexpected things occur that require courage and fast-thinking. They want their children to be safe and want them to also realize the courage they will have to gain as they go through life and get older.

    Connections to Social Studies:
    These kinds of events do happen and they are scary. We must deal with life in the best way we can. Teaching kids how to deal with certain situations and to instill in them the confidence they will need is how we can teach them important lessons they will need to face the world. They must learn what is out there and be exposed to the situations that occur, good and bad. Teaching students the meaning behind what happens and how it relates to them is very empowering.

    Classroom Application:
    I would use this article to help students reflect on times they have been scared and how they may have overcome their fears. I would ask them to reflect on what they would do in certain situations or what characteristics make a true hero. This could lead to a discussion of what to do in dangerous circumstances to protect ourselves and others.

    Weekly Theme:
    Standard 3: Students will understand the principles of civic responsibility in classroom, community, and country.
    Objective 1: Describe the rights and responsibilities inherent in being a contributing member of a community.
    Indicator b: List the responsibilities community members have to one another.
    This article brings these core ideas up pretty easily. Students can discuss how working together and being a leader will promote unity and safety for a happier school, home, and community.

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  14. Week 9
    Title: Lowest Jobless Rate in 5 Years Raises Odds of a Fed Move
    Author:NELSON D. SCHWARTZ
    New York Times, December 6, 2013

    Summary: The US economy finally seems to be generating jobs at a better pace after the recession. “Employers have hired at least 200,000 workers in three of the last four months, including 203,000 in November.” They expect the good growth to continue into 2014. The unemployment rate is 7% and is the best it has been since President Obama took office. The unemployment rate a month before President Obama took office was 7.3%. “Despite the overall improvement in the employment picture, the situation remains desperate for many American workers and those seeking jobs.”

    Connection to Social Studies:
    Power, Authority, and Governance- This would be an interesting article to use to compare the unemployment rates during different presidents and then examine the economy and history of those times to see why that might be.
    Production, Distribution, and Consumption- This would be a good article to tie into economics and supply and demand of jobs.

    Classroom Application:
    I might use this article in the classroom to look at the economy in utah. (4th grade standard 2 objective 3) It would be interesting to compare the unemployment rate of Utah to the national average and then talk about why in Utah specifically ours might be different.

    Weekly Question:
    I really liked the tips in the Current Events article. I liked how it emphasized making current events part of the everyday workings of your classroom. I also liked the bulletin board idea. My 6th grade teacher had a current events board. We had current events shared every week and then we would put them on the board. I liked that because it was good for me to hear about the world around me. I also liked the idea of using current events in class meetings.

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