Many students list social studies as one of their least favorite subjects because it is often taught as little more than a listing of people or dates or facts—in a format that yields itself to recall for multiple choice tests. But even learning the basic facts doesn’t have to be boring. Because history is a story and social studies are about all of us, the basic facts about where we and our fellow citizens live and the history of our nation can be fun.
Strong Learning games make it fun to learn the names and order of Presidents, match the states and their capital cities, visit some of the “wonders” in the United States, like Mt. Rushmore and the Golden Gate Bridge, and explore U.S. history across the ages—from the Native American tribes in different areas of the country to the Civil War and more.
For students studying immigration, there’s no better book than Bessie’s Pillow, a young adult novel based on the actual experiences of a young woman who came to the United States from Europe as one of millions of immigrants who arrived here between 1880 and 1924. Explore U.S. history as it was happening through the eyes of one who was there. Great for 1) students working on individual projects relating to immigration and 2) as the focal point for exploration of technological and cultural changes that began in the early 20th century. Click here to view some of the curated multi-media exhibits of photographs and restored film at BessiesPillow.com.
There’s a companion workbook that allows students to compare their own family’s journeys to that of Bessie and other immigrants past and present. And there’s even more—for Spanish-speaking ESL students (foreign language students too!) there’s a Spanish-English edition of both the novel and the workbook! Educators, volume discounts on the educational edition of Bessie’s Pillow and the companion workbooks are available. A free teacher’s guide to additional activities and research projects is included as well. Contact us at 845-628-7910 for more information.