Category Archives: Social Studies

September 11 in Rap Form

While rap isn’t normally my favorite music genre, it is a favorite for many kids (and adults!) I had heard of Flocabulary, but really didn’t know what it was. Today, I happened upon this rap song/video all about 9/11. It is designed for 5th-12th grade students, and may be a good way to start a conversation about the day.

9-11 Rap


In addition to the video, you will find some quick review questions and interactive lyrics. If you’re a paid subscriber to Flocabulary, there is a quiz that goes along with the video.

Although this is my first experience with Flocabulary, I don’t think it will be my last.

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Smarty Pins


Smarty Pins is a fun, interactive game that tests players’ geography (and trivia) knowledge using Google Maps. Players can select a category or just start a game and take your chances with random questions.

Players begin with 1000 points (called miles) and are then asked to pinpoint a location based on the trivia question. For every mile you’re off, you lose a point. The game ends when the player is out of points.


Players can earn bonus points by answering quickly and hitting the exact spot on the map. If you need help, you can even ask for a hint.

This might be a fun class activity – be sure to let a student be the one to pin the location!

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Historical Dictionary

HistoryTodayHistoryToday is an illustrated history magazine that has been published monthly since 1951. One of the features available on the HistoryToday website is a FREE Historical Dictionary.

This Historical Dictionary is an impressive collection of facts, figures, mini-biographies and definitions of historical terms. It can be a really handy resource for students AND teachers!



Check it out today, and let me know what you think!

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