Let's Explore Modern Germany (NEW)

Let's Explore Modern Germany: Instructional Strategies for Elementary Educators is designed to provide elementary and middle school social studies teachers with comprehensive lessons on Germany - historical and contemporary - that can be easily integrated into preexisting curricula.

The book is organized into four sections: Geography, Contemporary Life, History, and the Grimm Brothers and Other Tales. Each lesson is correlated to the revised 2010 NCSS and Common Core Standards and includes a lesson overview that summarizes the objectives of the lesson, pertinent teacher background information, a suggested time frame, instructional resources (located on the accompanying Instructional Resource Disc), and a detailed lesson procedure. In addition, there is a whole group reflection, which reconnects students with the focus question(s), lesson modifications and extensions. The lesson design allows the teacher to integrate social studies with literacy, mathematics, and science.

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Let's Explore 1: Geography
Download SymbolLesson 1.1 Mapping Germany (PDF)
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Download SymbolLesson 1.2 Traveling Through Germany Game (PDF)
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Download SymbolLesson 1.3 Using Latitude and Longitude (PDF)
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Download SymbolLesson 1.4 Uniting Europe: The European Union (PDF)
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Let's Explore 2: Contemporary Life
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Download SymbolLesson 2.2 “Let’s Eat” (PDF)
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Download SymbolLesson 2.3 “Let’s Learn” (PDF)
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Download SymbolLesson 2.4 “Let’s Cycle” (PDF)
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Download SymbolLesson 2.5 “Let’s Be Green” (PDF)
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Download SymbolLesson 2.6 “Let’s Be Responsible” (PDF)
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Download SymbolLesson 2.7 “Let’s Buy” (PDF)
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Let's Explore 3: History
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Download SymbolLesson 3.2 Famous Germans (PDF)
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Download SymbolLesson 3.3 Lessons of the Holocaust (PDF)
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Download SymbolLesson 3.4 Operation Vittles (PDF)
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Download SymbolLesson 3.5 Rise and Fall of the Berlin Wall (PDF)
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Let's Explore 4: Grimm Brothers & Other Tales
Download SymbolLesson 4.1 Well-known Tale: The Pied Piper of Hamelin (PDF)
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Download SymbolLesson 4.2 Lesser-known Tale: Herr Korbes (PDF)
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Download SymbolLesson 4.3 The Adventures of Baron Münchausen (PDF)
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Download SymbolLesson 4.4 Vacation along the German Fairy Tale Road (PDF)
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    TOP Lesson Evaluation Form

    Feedback is essential for TOP. We need to know how our materials are being used in the classroom and more importantly how students are benefiting from various lesson strategies. We use this information to decide which of our existing materials to republish and what new materials to create. Please download the form below and use Adobe Acrobat Reader software to completely fill it out. It may be submitted by e-mail or postal mail. Printing and attaching the form to a study tour application can also be beneficial. The form below is designed to be a companion to the Let's Explore Modern Germany and Germany in Focus Instructional Strategy Guides.

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