Mrs. Dingman's Favorite
Social Studies Links
This page was last updated on: March 1, 2017
Explorers
Jamestown
TimeLinks Textbook
new for 2010-2011
Pennsylvania Department of Education Academic Standards:
Civics and GovernmentGeographyEconomicsHistory
Unit 2: Exploration and Colonization
Reading Counts Quiz Lists:
Unit 3: Colonial America
Reading Counts Quiz Lists:
Unit 4: The Struggle for North America
Reading Counts Quiz Lists:
Unit 5: The New Nation
Reading Counts Quiz Lists:
Pennsylvania State Capitol
Internet Scavenger Hunt
Created by Mrs. Dingman
April 2014/ updated September 2016
Directions: 
* Visit the web sites to hunt for information to answer the questions. 
* Record your answers on your activity sheet.
* RESTATE the question!             * Subjects and verbs need to agree                * verbs need to show correct tense
* INDENT! 

1. About.com Homophone List
     * What's the difference between a capital and a capitol?

2. State Representative Rosemary Brown
* slide to "Educational Resources" on the left and click "Teachers Resource Guide"
* click "The Capitol" next to the apple containing the word "Civics"

     * Name the three cities in which the Pennsylvania state capital has been located.
     * In which city is our current state capital located? In what year did the state legislature pass an act naming this our capital city?
     * In 1897 a fire destroyed the Capitol building. What possible reason did the evidence show for the cause of the fire?
     * In 1906 the new Capitol building was completed. How much did it cost to build and furnish the new building?
     * What was the name of the President who dedicated the new Capitol building? What did this President have to say about it?
     * As you "Step Inside", how much do each of the bronze entrance doors weigh?

* click the "Back" button and choose "The House" next to the "Civics" apple.

     * About how many bills are introduced in each two-year session?
     * Technology allows House members to vote quickly. How does each House member cast his/her vote?
     * Explain 3 things the Speaker of the House does.


This project met with Pennsylvania Core and Academic Standards:
E05.B-K.1.1 Demonstrate understanding of key ideas and details in informational texts..
E05.C.1.2 Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas and information clearly.
E05.D.1.1 Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage.
E05.D.1.2 Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English capitalization, punctuation, and spelling.
3.7.5 Technological Devices
5.1.5 Principles and Documents of Government
5.3.5 How Government Works
8.2.5 Pennsylvania History
Explorers Nonfiction 
Reading Counts BINGO
     We recently completed a nonfiction Reading Counts project extending our learning about explorers to compliment our textbook unit “Exploration and Colonization”. We were challenged to fill a nonfiction BINGO board with our 5 nonfiction selections, recording our Reading Counts nonfiction quiz success. … but we weren’t quite done…

     Opening a Word document template created by Mrs. Dingman, we typed our selected title information and Reading Counts quiz dates in the row, column, or diagonal we selected on each of our BINGO boards. We learned how to use the Underline tool button, correctly underlining our nonfiction titles. And, we learned how to shade each of the 5 cells in our BINGO boards, highlighting the row, column, or diagonal we chose. 

     We were all nonfiction Explorer BINGO winners! Mrs. Dingman was proud to display our BINGO board creations on our hallway bulletin board.

This Social Studies/Integrated Reading & Technology project met with the following Pennsylvania Core and Academic Standards:
PA Academic History Standards 8.1.5 Historical Analysis/ 8.3.5 U.S. History/ 8.4.5 World History
PA Academic Science Standard 3.7.5 Technological Devices
PA Core ELA E05.B-K.1.1 Demonstrate understanding of key ideas and details in informational texts
Explorers Nonfiction 
Reading Counts BINGO 2014
Colonial America
Middle Colonies YouTube length 11:21
     New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware
Southern Colonies YouTube length 14:31
     Virginia, Maryland, N. Carolina, S. Carolina, Georgia
New England Colonies YouTube length 14:36
     Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Hampshire, Rhode Island
American Revolution
French and Indian War YouTube length 18:53
Washington Crossing the Delaware YouTube length 14:59
13 Colonies "Rap Parody" YouTube length 4:44
Colonial America
Reading Counts BINGO
     We recently completed a Reading Counts project extending our learning about the 13 colonies to compliment our "Colonial America" Social Studies textbook unit. We were challenged to fill a BINGO board with 4 nonfiction and 1 historical fiction selections, recording our Reading Counts quiz success. … but we weren’t quite done…

     Opening a Word document template created by Mrs. Dingman, we typed our selected title information and Reading Counts quiz success dates in the row, column, or diagonal we selected on each of our BINGO boards. We practiced using the Underline tool button, correctly underlining our selected titles. And, we practiced shading each of the 5 cells in our BINGO boards, highlighting the row, column, or diagonal we chose. We had a lot of fun selecting colors with which to fill our boards, making each board unique!

     We were all Colonial America Reading Counts BINGO winners! Mrs. Dingman was proud of our enthusiastic historical fiction exploration; for many students, this was a new genre to enjoy. 

This Social Studies/Integrated Reading & Technology project met with the following Pennsylvania Core and Academic Standards:
PA Academic History Standards 8.1.5 Historical Analysis/ 8.3.5 U.S. History/ 8.4.5 World History
PA Academic Science Standard 3.7.5 Technological Devices
PA Core ELA E05.B-K.1.1 Demonstrate understanding of key ideas and details in informational texts
Colonial America 
Nonfiction  & Historical Fiction
Reading Counts BINGO 2015
Excel-lent Graphing
13 Colonies Population Growth 
1700-1780 double-bar graphs
        Our most recent Excel project extended the learning of our Social Studies Colonial America unit. We each learned how to create a double-bar graph, using Excel, to compare estimated population growth in the 13 colonies from 1700-1780. We learned how to insert patterns into the bars of our graphs, making each a unique representation of our color choices and design. And, we explored how adjusting the intervals on the scales of our graphs could make the data easier to read. 

This integrated History/Math/Technology project met with 
Pennsylvania Core and Academic Standards:
8.1.5 Historical Analysis and Skill Development/ 8.3.5 U.S. History
PA Core Math Standard M05.D-M.2.1.2 display and interpret data
3.7.5 Technological Devices
New England Colonies Population Growth 1700-1780
Middle Colonies Population Growth 1700-1780
Southern Colonies Population Growth 1700-1780
Revolutionary War Rap YouTube length 3:47
Boston Tea Party Song Taylor Swift parody YouTube length 1:30
French and Indian War - Sugar Act YouTube length 11:07
Sugar Act Song Maroon 5 "Sugar" parody YouTube length 4:04
The New Nation
American Revolution
Reading Counts BINGO
     We recently completed a Reading Counts project extending our learning about the American Revolution to compliment our "Struggle for North America" textbook unit. We were challenged to fill a BINGO board with 4 nonfiction and 1 historical fiction selections, recording our Reading Counts quiz success. … but we weren’t quite done…

     Opening a Word document template created by Mrs. Dingman, we typed our selected title information and Reading Counts quiz dates in the row, column, or diagonal we selected on each of our BINGO boards. We practiced using the Underline tool button, correctly underlining our selected titles. And, we practiced shading each of the 5 cells in our BINGO boards, highlighting the row, column, or diagonal we chose. 

     We were all American Revolution Reading Counts BINGO winners! Mrs. Dingman was proud to display our BINGO board creations on our hallway bulletin board.

This Social Studies/Integrated Reading & Technology project met with the following Pennsylvania Core and Academic Standards:
PA Academic History Standards 8.1.5 Historical Analysis/ 8.3.5 U.S. History/ 8.4.5 World History
PA Academic Science Standard 3.7.5 Technological Devices
PA Core ELA E05.B-K.1.1 Demonstrate understanding of key ideas and details in informational texts
American Revolution 
Nonfiction  & Historical Fiction
Reading Counts BINGO 2015
French Explorers YouTube length 17:28
Constitution Day 2014 YouTube length 3:55
Explorers Nonfiction 
Reading Counts BINGO 2015
Colonial America 
Nonfiction  & Historical Fiction
Reading Counts BINGO 2016
American Revolution 
Nonfiction  & Historical Fiction
Reading Counts BINGO 2016
Shay's Rebellion by Shmoop YouTube length 3:29
The Constitution by Shmoop YouTube length 4:56
New Nation
Reading Counts BINGO
     We recently completed a Reading Counts project extending our learning about the Constitution and the events leading to its drafting to compliment our "New Nation" textbook unit. We were challenged to fill a BINGO board with our selections, recording our Reading Counts quiz success. … but we weren’t quite done…

     Opening a Word document template created by Mrs. Dingman, we typed our selected title information and Reading Counts quiz dates in the row, column, or diagonal we selected on each of our BINGO boards. We practiced using the Underline tool button, correctly underlining our selected titles. And, we practiced shading each of the 5 cells in our BINGO boards, highlighting the row, column, or diagonal we chose. 

     We were all New Nation Reading Counts BINGO winners! Mrs. Dingman was proud to display our BINGO board creations on our hallway bulletin board.

This Social Studies/Integrated Reading & Technology project met with the following Pennsylvania Core and Academic Standards:
PA Academic History Standards 8.1.5 Historical Analysis/ 8.3.5 U.S. History/ 8.4.5 World History
PA Academic Science Standard 3.7.5 Technological Devices
PA Core ELA E05.B-K.1.1 Demonstrate understanding of key ideas and details in informational texts
New Nation 
Nonfiction  & Historical Fiction
Reading Counts BINGO 2016
Explorers Nonfiction 
Reading Counts BINGO 2016
Colonial America 
Nonfiction  & Historical Fiction
Reading Counts BINGO 2017