I’ve taught History, Civics, and Economics for 27 years. I love teaching social studies because you can constantly relate the past to the present and it makes teaching new all the time. I have always taken time to insert current events into my lessons. Students like to come to me with news that maybe I haven’t heard yet when they return from lunch and early in the morning. News can be exciting! The students love to have a topic of conversation and these topics invariably come up in classroom discussions.
A couple of years ago a friend of mine and I decided to start making a game that would help teachers bring current events into their classrooms. After more discussions we decided it would be even better if we could help teachers increase test scores of their students on standards based tests. So we came up with a game that has both current events and social science questions that can be used in any classroom or home-school environment. This can be a stand alone lesson or as a filler when you have those few extra minutes at the end of a class period. We will be including United States History, World History, Geography, Government, Economics, as well as current event questions. The current events questions will be a mix of politics, national news, sports, and entertainment. We want the students to have fun as they learn.
I have found that competition in the classroom is a great motivator. So I like the competition of the News-Ed Game. I also reward first, second, and third place finishers with extra credit. This is a great game to play when you have a substitute! The sub will have fun along with the students and the students will be learning. Just think, a lesson for a sub that you don’t have to prepare!
I’m confident that you will find the News-Ed Game to be a great addition to your curriculum. We have made it very affordable and free of any extra planning on your part.
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