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General Strategies:

The following documents contain different types of general strategies to help students understand the big ideas in Social Studies.

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Accordion Booklet Template & Instructions

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How To: Act It Out

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Alphabet Association Template & Instructions

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Big Ideas Diamonds Game




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Celebrate Freedom Week - The Big Book

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Cubing - Template & Instructions

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4-Sided Dice Template for Random Roller

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6-Sided Dice for Act It Outs

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6-Sided Dice Template for Random Roller

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8-Sided Dice Template for Founding Ideals

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8-Sided Dice Template for Random Roller

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10-Sided Dice Template for Random Roller

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12-Sided Dice Template for Random Roller

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20-Sided Dice Template for Random Processing

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20-Sided Dice Template for Random Roller

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Vocabulary Diamonds Template

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Characteristics of Era Template

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Overview - How to Use Foldables®

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How To: Make Folder Games

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How To: Create Infographics

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How To: Use the Jackdaw Strategy

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How To: Use the Living Art Strategy

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How To: Use the Magic Paper Strategy

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Map Skills Vocabulary Poster

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How To - Make Historical Movie Posters

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Odd Man Out: How To and Template

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How To - Make the Vocabulary Pocket Activity

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How To - Visual Quartering

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Response Cards Template

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How To - Do a Scavenger Hunt

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How To - Slap and Clap

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How To - Tell the Story (Using Visuals)

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How To - Work With Primary Documents

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Chronology - Film Strip Template

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How To - Do OPTIC (Visual Analysis)

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How To - Visual Discovery




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How To - Time Capsule




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How To - Retelling




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How To - Collector Cards

General Strategies