Social Studies

Welcome to Gaithersburg Middle School Social Studies.  We use historical events to teach our students to read and think about history in a new way. Historical thinking skills include examining historical events through various perspectives of different groups of people.

GMS Social Studies Staff

In this class, we will…

  • Learn stories about the past so that we can better understand
    • How things got to be the way they are today
    • How to make better decisions in the future

  • Develop skills that will be useful for everyone, even if you don’t ever want to study history again
    • How to tell if something is trustworthy
    • How to learn more than what’s on the surface
    • How to make a convincing argument
    • How to avoid “fake news”

En esta clase, vamos a ...


  • Conozca historias sobre pasado para que podamos entender mejor
  • Cómo las cosas llegaron a ser como son hoy
  • Cómo tomar mejores decisiones en el futuro

Desarrolle habilidades que serán útiles para todos, incluso si no quiere volver a estudiar historia.

  • Cómo saber si algo es confiable
  • Cómo aprender más de lo que está en la superficie
  • Cómo hacer un argumento convincente
  • Cómo evitar las "noticias falsas"

 

WHAT we DO in World Studies 

QUÉ HACEMOS en Estudios del Mundo

We use historical events to teach our students to read and think about history in a new way


Historical thinking skills include examining historical events through various perspectives of different groups of people.    

Usamos eventos históricos para enseñar a nuestros estudiantes a leer y pensar sobre la historia de una manera nueva.



Las habilidades de pensamiento histórico incluyen el examen de eventos históricos a través de varias perspectivas de diferentes grupos de personas.

 

Students will be able to...

Los estudiantes podrán ...

  • Engage more closely with ideas by using primary documents
  • Consider world events through various perspectives in the past and present
  • Look beyond yourself and reflect on the experiences of others 
  • Discuss how current events relate to various studies
  • Investigate solutions for the world’s problems
  • Demonstrate an interest in or devotion to customs and cultural traditions. 
  • Interactúe más de cerca con las ideas mediante el uso de documentos primarios
  • Considere los eventos mundiales a través de varias perspectivas en el pasado y el presente.
  • Mira más allá de ti mismo y reflexiona sobre las experiencias de los demás.
  • Discutir cómo los eventos actuales se relacionan con varios estudios.
  • Investigar soluciones para los problemas del mundo
  • Demostrar interés o devoción por las costumbres y tradiciones culturales.

 

  Historical Thinking Chart

Tabla De Pensamiento Histórico

 

Reading Like a Historian 

(embedded video)  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CnWnLNSZTAg 

Students will investigate historical questions by employing reading strategies such as sourcing, contextualizing, corroborating, and close reading. Instead of memorizing historical facts, students will  evaluate the trustworthiness of multiple perspectives on historical issues and learn to make historical claims backed by documentary evidence. 

Reading & Thinking Like a Historian Strategies:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mSJLmWnxrPg 

Taking Historical Thinking and Reading Leads to Writing 

https://www.teachingchannel.org/videos/support-claims-with-evidence-getty 

Students will also convert their historical reading and thinking skills and apply it into their writing.  Students will be writing about the multiple perspectives on historical issues and learn to make historical claims backed by documentary evidence in written form.   

 

Community and Family Support 

The best way for families to support our students in Social Studies is to help students to make connections of the Past to the Present.  

Current Events Discussion:   Things to consider when discussing historical topics to current events:  

  • What is your current event about? (5 W’s: Who What When Where and Why)
  • What does the current event topic remind me of? 
  • What is one lesson you learned from your new source?
  • What questions do you still have? Where can you get additional Information? 
  • How do you feel after reading or watching the current event topic?
  • How does this connect to another topic we have studied in class? 
  • What are the  multiple perspectives of the current event topic?

7th Grade JA Finance Park Field Trip 

Every 7th Grade students will have an opportunity to take part in a Finance Park, field trip that  combines in-class learning with a day-long visit to a fully interactive, simulated town. Students are introduced to personal finance and career exploration. They receive family and income scenarios, then visit businesses to purchase things like insurance, clothing, food, transportation and real estate. They create a budget, allocate utility expenses and make personal investments. Students are the sole providers for a family and must accommodate the needs of the family without overspending. Educators assist student learning by preparing students before the day and summarizing the experience through post visit activities.

Students Learn About:

  • Banking
  • Budgeting
  • Credit and debt
  • Opportunity costs
  • Taxes
  • Interest rates
  • Wages
  • Income and expenses
  • Needs and wants
  • Careers
  • Risks and benefits of credit
  • Saving and investing
  • Successful budgeting
  • Personal abilities, career interests, work preferences, and values

Highlights

  • Real-life, interactive simulation
  • First-rate learning strategies
  • Partnership between schools, parents, and the business community
  • Memorable educational experience
  • Active, rather than passive learning
  • Real, rather than imagined experiences
  • Incorporates classroom learning with a full-day simulation in a state-of-the art immersive learning center

 

 

Additional Resources on Finance Park