Social Studies Cooperative Learning Activities?
I am a first year 8th grade Social Studies teacher at a small inner city school in the Midwest. What resources, web sites or books exist for a teacher covering Jefferson's/Jackson's Presidency and Westward Expansion? Specifically, I am looking for any cooperative learning activities that may be available on these topics. My students have a short attention span and textbook activities seem to bore them. This is a long term subbing assignment so I have a lot of textbook activities to work with but I also want to have cooperative learning activities available as well. Currently, the current teacher seems to recommend that I cover the textbook materials by having the students silent read, take Cornell notes and other note-taking tools.