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STEM in the Social Studies Classroom: Part II

Students using VR headsets

Amanda McRary, Digital Learning Facilitator at NCMS, and Diego Mureno, 6th grade social studies teacher, recently teamed up to provide students with a real life look at geography in Ancient Greece. Using virtual reality headsets, students were able to explore the geography of Greece firsthand instead of in a book. Students later watched an EdPuzzle video on the subject and ... Read More »

Holocaust Workshop Announcement

Children at a concentration camp

The North Carolina Council on the Holocaust, offers a free one-day multi-county workshop on Holocaust Education for High School and Middle School Social Studies, Language Arts, Media/IT and Art teachers.  Council provides sub-pay reimbursement for public school teachers as well as 6 Continuing Education Units.  The workshops include a Holocaust scholar providing background history, an in-depth session on how to ... Read More »

Sample Social Studies Constructed Response Item Type


The NC Department of Public Instruction published a SAMPLE constructed response item representative of the new constructed response item type being field tested on the NC Final Exams (NCFE) of Social Studies (i.e., Grade 8, World History, American History I, American History II, American History: The Founding Principles, Civics, and Economics) during the 2015–16 school year. Field test items do ... Read More »

The Power of iMovie

The fourth grade students in my class have been completing a month long project where they have learned about a famous African-American. They completed all of their research using NCWISEOWL and different biography websites. The students then took the information they researched and created a cereal box that tells about their famous African-American. The students also came up with the ... Read More »

National Geographic Seeks Applications for Grosevenor Teacher Fellow Program

National Geographic is seeking teachers for its Grosvenor Teacher Fellow (GTF) program, a professional development opportunity made possible by a partnership between National Geographic Education and Lindblad Expeditions. This opportunity is designed to give current K-12 classroom teachers and informal educators the opportunity to extend Grosvenor’s legacy of excellence in geographic education. Through the program, exemplary educators are recognized for ... Read More »

Social Studies NC Final Exams: Number of Items per Objective

Do you ever wonder if you are focusing on the right objectives for Social Studies classes with NC Final Exams? Wonder no more… The NCDPI/Test Development Section produced a set of documents for the NC Final Exams (NCFE) of Social Studies. The documents provide a table listing the assessed objectives, objective text and number of operational items per objective. The ... Read More »

Hidden Histories: What your NC History Textbook Left Out

North Carolina’s K-12 teachers are invited to join the North Carolina Museum of History ( and the NC Civic Education Consortium ( for “Hidden Histories: What your NC history textbook left out,” an exciting and FREE professional development series designed to deepen educator knowledge of less known state and national history. Middle and high school teachers interested in gaining a more ... Read More »

Hidden Histories: Free Summer Professional Development and Lodging for Teachers

Hidden Histories: What your NC history Textbook Left Out A professional development series to be held throughout the summer at the NC History Museum in Raleigh, NC   North Carolina’s K-12 teachers are invited to join the North Carolina Museum of History ( and the NC Civic Education Consortium ( for “Hidden Histories: What your NC history textbook left out,” an ... Read More »

More Than 8,000 New Science, Social Studies Resources Added in Schoolnet

On Friday, Feb. 14, Home Base will contain science and social studies resources from Pearson’s Online Learning Exchange (OLE) to help students connect and experience science and social studies. In Schoolnet, click on the OLE Sci/SS tab that displays with your search results and you will find a wide range of resources that can be used in your lesson plans. ... Read More »

Read Like a Detective Strategy #8: Speak the Text

NCDPI English Language Arts Consultants shared 40 Ways to Read Like a Detective during the 2013 Summer Institute Sessions.  Check out Strategy #8, Speak the Text. Description:  Use a speech to analyze the impact of certain words, meaning, and tone. Common Core State Standard Alignment:  R.CCR.4, L.CCR.3, and SL.CCR.6 Strategy:  Using a speech, have students insert line breaks anywhere they would ... Read More »