Summer Social Studies
Welcome to your Social Studies summer adventure!
There’s no required work for Social Studies, but we’d encourage all students to have a blast learning over the summer. There are many fun options listed below that will start you off with a little “extra credit” and a whole lot of good stories to tell. After you complete a task, fill out this survey to let your teachers know what you did.
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Option A: Take a Personal Field Trip ~ Visit a site in Massachusetts or another state that is important in American history. Click here for some ideas.
Option B: Read a Novel ~ Read a historical fiction novel about the American Revolution. Click here for some ideas. Click here for some ideas.
Option C: Follow a News Story ~ Read a news story about the upcoming election or something interesting happening around the world. Click here to learn about some student friendly news sites.
Option D: Comment on blog entries at InnovationOnEarth.com ~ Ms. Krakauer has a blog about her global experiences, both inside and outside of the classroom. This summer she will be traveling to Italy, Slovenia, and Croatia, and you can follow along! Comment on one of the new blog entries in July, or read old entries from Japan, Ukraine, China, Turkey, and more. If you are under 18, when you comment, avoid using your last name and any other identifying information.
Option E: Write your own blog entry ~ You can write your own blog entry too. If you are traveling out of the country, share about your journey. If you are staying local, you could blog about eating a new kind of food, meeting someone from another country, seeing an international performance, or any other global experience. There are lots of ways to learn globally without going too far from home. Click here for more information about how to write a guest blog entry.
Option F: Play an Online Game ~ Play a game online to learn about topics of study in American history and government. Click here for links.
Option G: Invent your own Summer Adventure ~ You can also create your own summer project. It should relate to what we will be studying next year in Social Studies:
- Project #1: Reaction, Revolution, Reform — A study of our country’s history from before the American Revolution to the creation of a new government. We’ll learn about the modern U.S. government too!
- Project #2: The Global Action Project — Join us on a virtual trip around the world, as we learn about what’s going on in different countries and how we can help. We’ll “visit” Africa, South America, and Central America.
We can’t wait to read about what you did. Happy summer learning to you all!