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7th Grade Social Studies


Instructional PowerPoints

Unit 1 - Exploration and Ideas

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Unit 2 - Revolution, Industrialization, and Imperialism

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Unit 3 - Global Conflicts

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Unit 4 - The Modern World

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Student Activities


Create a Colony Project (7-1.1 - 7-1.3)

Student create a colony in the Americas.

In this project, students:

- Choose a home European nation
- Select a colony location in their home nations terrritory
- Identify their reasons for establishing a colony
- Create a map from the home country to the colony that takes into account pre-existing ocean currents
- Determine which type(s) of colony best fits their reasons for settlement
- Design a poster/flyer to advertise for a labor source
- Create a brochure that outlines their colony

Project Information




Sample Project Pieces







Map of Ocean Currents




"From the Journal of Christopher Columbus" - A Primary Source Activity (7-1-1 - 7-1.3)

In this activity, students:
- read Columbus' Journal entry upon reaching the New World
- complete a graphic organizer outlining Columbus' thoughts
- compose a news story of the event from the perspective of the Native Americans








Latin America Revolution Map Activity (7-3.3)

In this activity, students:
- Identify the nations who achieved their independence
- Color code map according to revolution leader
- Identify major events connected the independence movement in Latin America





Imperialism Political Cartoons (7.4)

In this activity, students:
- Analyze political cartoons
- Create their own imperialism cartoon





Dispatch from Cuba (7-4.3)

In this activity, students:
- Receive a fictional dispatch on the explosion of the USS Maine
- Use elements of yellow journalism to "sell" their story of how it exploded






World War I Propaganda (7-5.1)

In this activity, students:
- Examine the reasons of Europeans nations for joining the war
- Create a poster/postcard on behalf of their country to encourage a neutral nation to join the war on their side







Treaty of Versailles SImulation (7-5.2)

In this activity, students:
- Take on the the role of peace negotiators

- Debate the real issues of the Treaty of Versailles
- Compare the outcome of their treaty to the real Treaty of Versailles





Project Video




Dictator Dating Game (7-5.4)

In this activity, students:
- Role play a "dating game" show scenario with Mussolini, Stalin, and Hitler
- Formulate responses to questions based upon historical figure's background

Project Video




Genocide Virtual Field Trip (7-5.6 or 7-7.3/7-7.4)

In this activity, students:
- visit six nations that have experienced genocide
- document their findings in these countries (reasons, beliefs, key people/groups)
- create a genocide awareness brochure that could teach others about the issue







Postcards Across the Wall (7-6.1)

In this activity, students:
- Partner up to complete East vs West sheet
(one student is from East Berlin, one student is from West Berlin)
- Use information collected on their sheet to write a postcard describing and illustrating life on their side of the wall






Cold War Museum (7-6.1 - 7-6.2)

In this activity, students:
- design a museum
- design museum exhibits
- present their work






Iranian Hostage Crisis Simulation (7-6.3)

In this activity, students:
- Students role play of decision making process of the Iranian Hostage Crisis






Middle East Mapping Activity (7-6.4)

In this activity, students:
- review middle eastern geography
- identify key events in the regions recent history




Excellent Adventure Project (PASS Review)

In this activity, students:
- Connect an individual to their "moment" in history
- Share their person
- Review key people studied throughout the year







PASS Review Social Studies Skills

In this activity, students:
- review strategies and sample Social Studies questions





PASS Review Scavenger Hunt

In this activity, students:
- review for PASS




MyEmpire.com

In this activity, students:
- select a historical figure and create a MySpace style page for them




Breaking News

In this activity, students:
- create a news story for an event they are studying




World in my Closest

In this activity, students:
- Identify ten different countries that produce the clothes they wear
- Label the countries on a map





Who's the Best Candidate?

In this activity, students:
- Discuss the traits of a good leader
- Consider five potential candidates
- Evaluate each candidate to determine the best potential leader










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