Middle School

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

    Germany In Focus (NEW)

    Germany In Focus: Instructional Strategies for Secondary Educators is designed to provide secondary and middle school social studies teachers with comprehensive lessons on Germany - historical and contemporary - that can be easily integrated into preexisting curricula in world history, geography, comparative government, economics, and sustainability.

    The book is organized into seven sections or foci: Geography, Society, History, Reunification, Political System, Economy, and Sustainability. Each section begins with excerpts from interviews with a diverse group of Germans which relate to the focus topic. Teachers may use these as stimuli to pique student interest in the focus topic. The lesson organization consists of a focus question(s) to guide instruction. Each lesson is correlated to the revised 2010 NCSS and Common Core Standards and includes a lesson overview which summarizes the objective 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.

    Table of Contents

    Focus 1: Geography
    • Geography of Germany
    • Geography and FIFA World Cup Soccer
    • Germany: A Member of the European Union
    • German Military and International Peacekeeping
    • Four American Presidents and the Berlin Wall
    Focus 2: Society
    • Immigration and Demographic Diversity
    • Religion in a Pluralistic Society
    • Women in German Society
    • German Education System
    • Youth in Germany
    • Germanisms - German Words in the English Language
    Focus 3: History
    • The Brandenburg Gate as a Witness to History
    • Collective Memory: Memorials and Monuments
    • Schwarzfahrer: A Case Study in Human Rights
    • Studying the Holocaust in Germany
    • November 9 in German History: Why Not a Holiday?
    • Germans Who Have Contributed to World Civilization
    Focus 4: Reunification
    • Post World War II / Cold War Timeline
    • We Are the People - Peaceful Revolution in Leipzig 1989
    • Ostalgie - Remembering Life in the GDR
    • The Stasi and Espionage in the GDR
    Focus 5: Political System
    • German Post-Reunification Timeline
    • National Identity and National Symbols: Flag & National Anthem
    • The Bundestag and Germany's Multiparty System
    • Comparative Study of the US and German Political Systems
    Focus 6: Economy
    • Transitioning from a Command to a Market Economy
    • Social Market Economy: Workplace and Social Services
    • The German Trade Fair: German Products
    • Apprenticeship Program
    • Eurozone
    Focus 7: Sustainability
    • The Dresden Elbe Valley: UNESCO World Heritage Site
    • Germany: A Model of Sustainability
    • Greening Your School
    • Leading the Way Towards a Low Carbon Economy

      Field Trip to Berlin

      In just 24 short, entertaining, and educational minutes, your classroom will travel to historic places like the Potsdam Conference House, the Reichstag, Checkpoint Charlie, the Brandenburg Gate, and much more!

      Learn about the key milestones of Germany's post-WWII journey from division to unification to major economic player, European Union member, and global leader in environmental sustainability.

      The Field Trip to Berlin DVD is intended for middle and secondary (grades 6-12) social studies classrooms.

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

          Welcome to Germany (2005 Edition)

          Welcome to Germany is designed for middle school classrooms.

          The lessons in the package correlate to the study of world cultures (perspective taking and symbols), physical and cultural geography, and state and national government. The materials focus on national studies from a comparative United States/Germany approach.

          The package contains both lesson plans, corresponding color transparencies, and a CD with Powerpoint slides.

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            Germany in Europe (2007 Edition)

            Germany in Europe: Enduring Issues is designed for middle and secondary classrooms.

            The lessons examine the European Union governance, multiculturalism, and the Euro currency from the context of one of the Union's largest member nations. Each lesson demonstrates the integration of research models for alignment, instructional scaffolding, and backward design of instruction and assessment (Based on Understanding by Design concepts, Grant Wiggins & Jay McTighe).

            The package contains lesson plans and corresponding color transparencies in both standard and CD/PowerPoint format.


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              Germany Today (2007 Edition)

              Germany Today is designed for middle and secondary classrooms.

              The lessons examine Germany's changing position in Europe and the world as well as political institutions in Germany in a comparative context with the United States. Each lesson demonstrates the integration of research models for alignment, instructional scaffolding, and backward design of instruction and assessment (Based on Understanding by Design concepts, Grant Wiggins & Jay McTighe).

              The package contains lesson plans and corresponding color transparencies in both standard and CD/PowerPoint format.

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               Entire Textbook Online  Click to View

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