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Laura Halstied

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K20 Center

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Laura Halstied serves the K20 Educational and Community Center as a Social Studies Online Learning Writer. Halstied and the fellow instructional design team work to develop high-quality social studies curriculum for K12 schools that can be used in a face-to-face, hybrid, or fully online platforms that support the mission of the K20 Center and its projects. Halstied also develops social studies lessons aligned to the Oklahoma Academic Standards that is accessible for implementation by any teacher. Her mission is to create lessons that help students become informed citizens.

Recent Publications

"A Chicken for Every Pot"?

The Great Depression and President Hoover

Grade Level Grade Level

  • 9th - 12th

In this lesson, students will examine President Hoover's response to the Great Depression and how that affected the presidential election of 1932. Students will analyze videos, Great Depression slang, and a reading to determine the reasons that Hoover did not win reelection for president. Students will... Read more »

Lesson 5E Lesson
"A Chicken for Every Pot"?

The Great Depression and President Hoover

Grade Level Grade Level

  • 9th - 12th

Subject Subject

  • Social Studies

Course Course

  • U.S. History

Copied To Clipboard Standards

  • USH.4.2C
More 1-2 periods
Time Frame 90 minutes
Masterpiece Match-Up

Grade Level Grade Level

  • 6th - 12th

This strategy involves analyzing and illustrating primary source documents or passages of text. Several primary sources or passages are given randomly to students. Students first analyze, then create an illustration. Students then analyze each primary source or passage and attempt to match the posted... Read more »

Strategy Instructional Strategy

User Group Group Size

  • Large Group (at least 30), Medium Group (at least 10), Whole Class

Copied To Clipboard Placement In Lesson

  • Extend/Additional Learning Activity, Evaluate/Assessment

Time Frame Time To Complete

  • More Than 30 Minutes

Tag Intention Or Purpose

  • Active Engagement, Interpret, Student Choice, Summarize

Grade Level Grade Level

  • 6th - 12th
Give, Get, Reflect

Grade Level Grade Level

  • 6th - 12th

This strategy involves students' sharing thoughts and ideas on a topic while encouraging movement. Students are given the chance to listen to the opinions of their classmates and then to reflect on the value of listening and learning from different viewpoints. Read more »

Strategy Instructional Strategy

User Group Group Size

  • Large Group (at least 30), Medium Group (at least 10)

Copied To Clipboard Placement In Lesson

  • Engage/Opening, Explore/Learning Activity, Extend/Additional Learning Activity

Time Frame Time To Complete

  • 10 - 20 Minutes

Tag Intention Or Purpose

  • Physical Movement, Speak & Listen, Student Choice

Grade Level Grade Level

  • 6th - 12th

Wakelet is a free platform that allows users to save, organize, present, and share content from the internet. Read more »

Tech Tool
The Curtain Falls

End of the Cold War

Grade Level Grade Level

  • 9th - 12th

In this lesson, students will examine why the Cold War came to an end. Students view a video with footage from the fall of the Berlin Wall, look for reasons the Cold War ended by analyzing data and Why-Lighting a reading, and extend their understanding by creating a pie chart in groups that detail the... Read more »

Lesson 5E Lesson
The Curtain Falls

End of the Cold War

Grade Level Grade Level

  • 9th - 12th

Subject Subject

  • Social Studies

Course Course

  • World History

Copied To Clipboard Standards

  • WH.5.5, WH.5.5A, WH.5.5B, WH.5.5C, WH.5.5D
More 1-2 Periods
Time Frame 90 Minutes

How can instructional strategies be modified and changed to fit classroom needs? In this interactive session, participants explore how the 3-2-1 instructional strategy is flexible enough to fit the needs of any content area. Read more »

Tag Target Audience

  • All Staff or Teachers, New Teachers, Teachers

Tag Calendar Placement

  • Any time of year

User Group Group Size

  • Large Group (at least 30), Medium Group (at least 10), Small Group

Tag Intention Or Purpose

  • Active Engagement, Cross-Curricular, Increase Teacher "Toolbox", Summarize
More
Time Frame 60 minutes

Chemix is an educational app that allows for the creation of science lab diagrams for subjects like chemistry, biology, and physics. Read more »

Tech Tool

Mercury Reader is a Chrome extension that removes advertisements from web pages to create a decluttered and distraction-free reading view. Read more »

Tech Tool
Yours, Mine, and Ours

An Introduction to Federalism

Grade Level Grade Level

  • 9th - 12th

In this lesson, students are introduced to the concept of federalism. Students will begin by analyzing statements about governmental power, then reading a short narrative to locate references to the government's role in our daily lives. Students will then watch a video about federalism, complete a graphic... Read more »

Lesson 5E Lesson
Yours, Mine, and Ours

An Introduction to Federalism

Grade Level Grade Level

  • 9th - 12th

Subject Subject

  • Social Studies

Course Course

  • U.S. Government

Copied To Clipboard Standards

  • USG.3.1
More 1-2 Periods
Time Frame 90 Minutes
Born This Way?

Nature vs. Nurture

Grade Level Grade Level

  • 11th - 12th

In this lesson, students discuss and analyze the ways in which genetics and the environment play a role in human development. Students participate in a Four Corners activity, a Card Sort, and an article analysis, and then extend their learning by viewing a video about an experiment that separated triplets... Read more »

Lesson 5E Lesson
Born This Way?

Nature vs. Nurture

Grade Level Grade Level

  • 11th - 12th

Subject Subject

  • Social Studies

Course Course

  • Sociology

Copied To Clipboard Standards

  • S.2.4
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Time Frame 70 Minutes