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      October 2013

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In the Spotlight for October

Curriculum Focus: Linking Social Studies with Other Disciplines

In the News
   The U.S. Budget Battle Continues
    The G-20 Summit
Connecting Learning With Special Days
    Columbus Day (October 14)
    National Chemistry Week (October 20-26)
    National Reading Group Month   
    National Metric Week (October 6-12)

Notable October Birthdays
    Pablo Picasso (October 25, 1881)
    Sylvia Plath (October 27, 1932)
    Ezra Pound (October 30, 1885)
    More October Birthdays
Annenberg Learner Announcements
    New Resources from Annenberg Learner
    Upcoming Conferences
    New 2014 Print Catalog

Annenberg Foundation Update
    The Annenberg Space for Photography Celebrates 125 Years
        of National Geographic

Curriculum Focus: Linking Social Studies with Other Disciplines

Neuroscience and the
                                              ClassroomWe often hear about the need to make learning experiences meaningful for students. We can do this by showing how different disciplines are related. An added benefit is the opportunity to build on prior knowledge to strengthen neural networks.  Whether you are a social studies or history teacher who is looking for math and science connections or a literature teacher looking to make historical connections, here are some ideas for cross-curricular activities:

Dance and social studies: Elementary students in Mr. Pivnik’s class use African dance to learn about the geography and cultural practices of West Africa in The Arts in Every Classroom, program 4, “Teaching Music.” Start at 16:00 in the video. 

Literature and history: Teach about the Kindertransport using the video and curriculum resources for the memoir “The Children of Willesden Lane.” This alternative to Anne Frank is the story of Lisa Jura, a young musician who escapes Nazi persecution. See Teaching ‘The Children of Willesden Lane’.

Geometry and archeology: Seventh-graders understand the use of geometry in archaeological studies in a lesson from the unit “Ruins of Montarek.” Teacher Pam Hardaway introduces the skill of building blueprints by explaining how a famous explorer uses blueprints to reconstruct ancient ruins in Teaching Math: A Video Library, 5-8, program 4, “Building Viewpoints.“ 

More resources for linking social studies and history with other disciplines:

Literature and Language Arts
Artifacts & Fiction
American Passages: A Literary Survey

The Arts
Art Through Time: A Global View
Art of the Western World
Exploring the World of Music, program 3, “Music and Memory” 

Math and Statistics
Against All Odds: Inside Statistics
Mathematics Illuminated, unit 9, “Game Theory” 

The Habitable Planet, unit 5, “Human Population Dynamics

In the News

The U.S. Budget Battle Continues

Economics U$AHere we go again. Congress debates the debt limit ceiling, the health care law, and a tax overhaul in order to avoid another fiscal crisis, but can they come up with a solution? The following resources will help your students understand these debates and consider how they would handle this situation if they were sitting in congressional seats:

Who should be taxed at what rate? What programs should be cut (or added)? Learn how taxes and the government deficit are connected in Economics U$A: 21st Century Edition, unit 18, “Fiscal Policy.”  Unit 24, “Federal Deficits,” looks at how deficits can be harmful and helpful to the overall economy.

Challenge your students to balance the U.S. budget by making tough choices with the Control the U.S. Debt interactive.

Lead classroom activities that will help your students understand how the Federal Reserve adjusts the money supply and how, in turn, the money supply affects interest rates in The Economics Classroom, workshop 7, “Monetary and Fiscal Policy.”

The G-20 Summit

In early September, 19 nations plus the European Union met in St. Petersburg, Russia to discuss important global economic issues. These nations carry out the bulk of global trade and hold two-thirds of the world population. World leaders discussed economic growth and stability, unemployment, and multilateral trade and international development.  Learn more about global economics, trade, and the laws that govern them with these resources:
Inside the Global Economy, produced by an international team of experts, presents a multinational perspective on how the global economy and markets affect individuals, businesses, and industry.
The Economics Classroom: A Workshop for Grade 9-12 Teachers, workshop 5, “Trading Globally,” shows three classrooms engaged in activities that help students understand how global trade and the economic policy of protectionism work.
Economics U$AEconomics U$A, program 27, "International Trade," discusses aspects of international trade, such as tariffs and quotas versus free trade, and how legal issues are handled.
More resources on global economic policies and trading:

Bridging World History, unit 15, "Early Global Commodities" and unit 8, "Early Economies
Out of the Past, program 3, "Artisans and Traders," program 4, "Signs and Symbols," program 5, "Power, Prestige, and Wealth"
Rural Communities: Legacy & Change, program 6, "Think Globally"
The Power of Place: Geography for the 21st Century

Connecting Learning With Special Days

Columbus Day (October 14)

In the United States, the Columbus Day holiday was created to commemorate Christopher Columbus’s landing in the New World in 1492. While this was an achievement, Columbus has also come to negatively represent conquest and colonialism. The following resources provide a multi-faceted view of Columbus’s New World encounters.

                                                    History in the
                                                    MakingGlobal trade started with Columbus’s arrival in the New World. America’s History in the Making, unit 2, "Mapping Initial Encounters" details the trade practices that occurred between native peoples, Europeans, and Africans in theme 1 of the video. This unit also presents primary sources that illustrate different perspectives of these initial encounters. 

Examine how archaeological and scientific evidence has changed the way Americans think about Columbus Day in Bridging World History, unit 2, “History and Memory,” video part 1, Commemorating Columbus. Columbus’s early image as an explorer and civilizer is contrasted with resulting conquest, colonialism, and the destruction of peoples and habitats.

American Passages, unit 1, “Native Voices,” Stories of the Beginning of the World presents the literary voices and oral traditions of Native Americans.  How did the New World encounters influence the lives of Native Americans?

More resources for Columbus Day:

A Biography of America, program 1, “New World Encounters

American Passages, unit 2, “Exploring Borderlands,” author Christopher Columbus  

Social Studies in Action, grades 3-5, program 9, “Explorers in North America

National Chemistry Week (October 20-26)

Energize your students to learn about chemistry with this year’s National Chemistry Week theme: “Energy: Now and Forever!” Go to the American Chemical Society’s National Chemistry Week Web site to find energy-related activities for students and at community events.

Also find the following energy resources at Learner.org:

What would school be like without energy? How would kids arrive without fuels for transportation systems, and what would power the lights and computers students use in the classroom? Science in Focus: Energy, workshop 8, “Understanding Energy,” examines the limited supply of affordable energy and smart ways to use energy in our everyday lives. 

From the use of solar energy, to nuclear power, to fossil fuels, everyone has an opinion about how to best harvest energy for our needs. The Habitable Planet, unit 10, “Energy Challenges,” looks at several different types of energy sources and the environmental costs of each.
Despite all the talk about new energy sources, we still rely heavily on oil production to meet our energy needs. Learn about how oil is extracted and converted to energy and the environmental effects of oil production in Earth Revealed, program 26, “Living With Earth, Part II.” 

For resources for National Reading Group Month and National Metric Week (October 6-12), see the October 2012 monthly update

Notable October Birthdays

Pablo Picasso (October 25, 1881)

Art Through
                                                    TimePablo Picasso’s painting Guernica depicts the atrocities of the Spanish Civil War in the 1930s. Spanish II students in Meghan Zingle’s class learn about the history of the artwork, discuss themes in the painting, and create radio broadcasts using their Spanish skills. See Teaching Foreign Languages K-12, program 27, “Interpreting Picasso’s Guernica.” 

Read about what inspired Picasso to paint Guernica and view the painting in Art Through Time, program 12, “Conflict and Resistance.”  Guernica is an example of using art to document conflict and express personal views on politics and the human condition.

In early 1900s Paris, Pablo Picasso was a denizen at Gertrude Stein’s salon. The two artists even created portraits of one another. Listen to Stein’s attempt at translating the aesthetic qualities of cubism into poetry in Artifacts & Fiction, Gertrude Stein’s ‘Portrait of Picasso.’ See Picasso’s painting Gertrude Stein and read his humorous comment about it in Art Through Time, “Portraits.”

Art meets math in Mathematics Illuminated, unit 5, “Other Dimensions.” Introduce the concept of dimensions with references to Picasso’s art and science fiction.

Sylvia Plath (October 27, 1932)

Poet Sylvia Plath’s intense poems explored the tension between feminism and domesticity and reflected her internal struggles with depression. She ended her life at the age of 30 after her marriage to poet Ted Hughes dissolved. Read about her in American Passages, unit 15, “Poetry of Liberation.” 

View an hour-long documentary on the troubled poet and hear her reading of the poem “Daddy” in Voices & Visions, program 9, “Sylvia Plath.”

Ezra Pound (October 30, 1885)

                                                    PassagesAmerican poet Ezra Pound lived much of his life outside of the United States. His writing was influenced by many different literary movements and, as an editor, he influenced modernist poets T.S. Eliot and William Butler Yeats. During his later years, he produced anti-Semitic propaganda making him a controversial literary figure. Read more about his life in American Passages, unit 10, “Rhythms in Poetry.”  This site also includes author activities and questions

According to Pound, the poet is a “guide and lamp of civilization.” He used his knowledge of philosophy, economics, art, and history to write poems. Friends and critics discuss Pound in Voices & Visions, program 10, “Ezra Pound.” 

For more October birthdays including Wallace Stevens, Umberto Boccioni, and Maxine Hong Kingston, click on our October 2012 update
Keep an eye on our Facebook page for more October birthday connections. 

Annenberg Learner Announcements

New Resources from Annenberg Learner

                                                          Challenges and
                                                          SolutionsThe newly updated Against All Odds: Inside Statistics is almost here!  This course picks up where the original Against All Odds left off in the 1980s. The new series features 32 10-minute videos showing people from all walks of life using statistics in their work, a coordinated new Web site, 3 online interactive tools, and faculty and student guides.

In December, we release our new Chemistry: Challenges and Solutions course. Produced by the Science Media Group of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, this course teaches general concepts using large-scale challenges in energy, materials development, biochemistry, and the environment. This multimedia course for introductory high school and college chemistry includes a Web site, online interactives, and online text.

Keep your eyes on our news page for updates about these releases and more.  If you have any questions about new releases, write info@learner.org.

Upcoming Conferences

Look for Annenberg Learner at Upcoming Conferences:

American Association of School Librarians, booth #1031, November 14-16, Connecticut Convention Center, Hartford, CT 

National Council of Teachers of English Annual Convention, booth #834, November 22-24, Hynes Convention Center, Boston, MA 

National Council for the Social Studies Annual Convention, booth #612, November 22-24, Cervantes Convention Center, St. Louis, MO 

Print Catalog

To request a copy of our new 2014 full catalog, please send an email to order@learner.org. Be sure to include a mailing address in your request. Thank you!

Annenberg Foundation Update

The Annenberg Space for Photography Celebrates 125 Years of National Geographic
On October 26, the images you love come to life at the Annenberg Space for Photography.  Organized in collaboration with National Geographic magazine, The Power of Photography: National Geographic 125 Years celebrates the iconic publication’s 125 year anniversary. The exhibit is free to the public and runs through April 27, 2014.        
To capture the breadth and depth of National Geographic’s extensive photographic archive, The Power of Photography departs from previous Photography Space exhibit designs. Mosaics of images adorn the walls while an extensive digital installation showcases 500-plus images. Given the volume of photographs appearing on the twelve-foot-wide screens, and a format in which the images loop at different times throughout the galleries, the viewing experience will be unique to each visitor and each visit. 
The exhibit also features an original documentary that profiles six renowned photographers whose work appears in the October National Geographic issue: Lynsey Addario, Marcus Bleasdale, David Guttenfelder, Abelardo Morell, Joel Sartore and Martin Schoeller. 

125 Years
                                                          of National
Photo credit:  Photo by Paul Nicklen │ National Geographic

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