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.

Table of Contents

Let's Explore 1: Geography
  • Mapping Germany
  • Traveling Through Germany Game
  • Using Latitude and Longitude
  • Uniting Europe: The European Union
  • Measuring with Metrics
Let's Explore 2: Contemporary Life
  • Let's Talk
  • Let's Eat
  • Let's Learn
  • Let's Cycle
  • Let's Be Green
  • Let's Be Responsible
  • Let's Buy
Let's Explore 3: History
  • Turning Points
  • Famous Germans
  • Lessons of the Holocaust
  • Operation Vittles
  • Rise and Fall of the Berlin Wall
Let's Explore 4: Grimm Brother & Other Tales
  • Well-Known Tale: The Pied Piper of Hamelin
  • Lesser-Known Tale: Herr Korbes
  • The Adventures of Baron M√ľnchausen
  • Family Vacation Along the German Fairy Tale Road

    It's Up to You & Me, Here & Across the Sea

      Save Our Schule (Online Game)

      This interactive web-based game for later elementary students follows the students of "Henkel Schule" in Germany who discover plans for the demolition of their school. Only their fast action can save it from being torn down. Players make choices along the way that affect the outcome and length of game play.

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        A Kid Like Me (2005 Edition)


        A Kid Like Me Across the Sea: The Life of a German Child is designed for elementary classrooms.

        The series of lessons draws heavily on interpretation of photographs, working with maps, creating timelines, charts, graphs, and other process skills. The topics of physical and cultural geography, meeting basic needs, political symbols, and people are addressed from a comparative United States/Germany approach.

        The package contains lesson plans and corresponding color transparencies.

         Color Transparencies  Download SymbolPowerPoint, 3.4 MB
         Entire Textbook Online
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