Next Gen: Personal Finance Resources

Next Gen is a wonderful resource for personal finance lessons. NGPF has designed 12 Units that feature 65 lessons, 200 activities, over 400 curated videos, and much more! Everything we offer from Assessments and Data Crunches to Projects and Case Studies can be found organized into Units on this page. There are tons of resources- I love their assessments, lessons, and interactive videos that are already curated. It will save you hours of time planning!

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How a Bill Becomes a Law? Lesson

This is a complete 75 minute lesson on How a Bill Becomes a law. There is a 16 slide PowerPoint included with a notes chart for students to take notes on how a bill becomes a law. There are also two YouTube links to videos on how bills become a law. There is a web-search activity included for students to track a bill being proposed by Congress. This was designed in PowerPoint and word and can be adapted for your classroom.

What’s included: 
1. Handout for how a bill becomes a law
2. PowerPoint on how a bill becomes a law
3. Two YouTube links on how a bill becomes a law
4. Web-search for students to track current bills in Congress.

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Political Spectrum Activity

This Political Spectrum Activity is a 33 slide power-point file about the political spectrum designed for a government class. It is a great follow up lesson after students learn about the different political parties.

The lesson typically takes 30 minutes with group-work followed by a discussion. It leads to an interesting discussion about what is moderate and why political candidates tend to be flippers. I printed them in color and laminated them to use multiple years.

Directions:There is a student handout provided that I give them to copy down notes after the activity. I print each slide of the power-point and tape the spectrum (left-right liberal to conservative) to the board. I print each of the example slides with about 5 examples per group. Working in groups of four students need to match the examples to the correct end of the political spectrum.  Click here to get the activity 


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Final Economics Project

Economics can be a very broad subject. Because of the vastness of economics itself and given the amount of time we have left in the school year, students will have the opportunity to pick an economic topic that interests them. They will be given plenty of time to work on this project in class and for part of the grade a 10-15 minute presentation will be required. They will be required to create a visual to support your topic and write an essay on the topic.

This is a two part project one part is a visual component such as a movie or power-point and the other part is a three page position paper. I typically give them three days to do the research and collaboration for the project and three days for the research paper. They then present their projects 10-15 minutes to each class.

Rubrics are provided for both assignments and there is a list of possible questions they can pick as their final project. It was designed in word and can be modified for your classroom. Click here to purchase it.



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US History Final Exam Review

Want to save yourself hours of prep-time? I am selling my US History review folder with a ton of useful materials to review United States history in preparation for a final exam or Regent’s exam.

This is a folder of over 100 review items for US History Final Review. There are multiple folders of resources included in this package. The materials are for U.S. history Regents review but it can be applied to any U.S. history course. You can purchase it here.

What’s included?

⇒ cartoon review
⇒ DBQ Essays
⇒ General Resources
⇒ Major Graphic Organizers
⇒ Review Handouts
⇒ Review Packets
⇒ Thematic Essays
⇒ Supreme Court


Sample Included Lessons:
U.S. History Review # 1

U.S. History Review # 2

U.S. History Review # 3

U.S. History Review # 4

U.S. History Review Cartoons

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AP Government Exam Review Unit for Sale on Teachers Pay Teachers

This is easily four weeks of AP Government and Politics Exam Review materials. There are folders with multiple downloads for review for amendments, practice tests and quizzes, handouts, FRQ, games, powerpoints, and two complete stations lessons. There is easily over 300 items in this folder.

It is a Google drive download so be prepared for a large download. All the lessons were designed in word, powerpoint, or pdf. They can easily be modified for your classroom.

If you want to see any sample lessons check out my review materials sold separately. This is my WHOLE review folder so every lesson sold separately is now bundled in this group.


Sample Included Lessons:

AP GOV Review Stations Lesson

AP Government Political Culture, Public Opinion, Participation Review Game

AP Government Vocabulary BINGO


More Curriculum:
AP Government and Politics Complete Course
Constitutional Underpinnings
Political Beliefs, Behaviors, and Culture
Political Parties and Electoral Practices
The Legislative Branch and the Congress
The Executive Branch and the Presidency
The Bureaucracy Unit
The Judicial Branch Unit
The Civil Liberties and Civil Rights Unit
Exam Review

How do I find out about and access new materials as they are posted?
Continue to follow me to get the notification emails of new products. Then, simply re-download the files and copy over the new items.

This purchase is for one teacher only. This resource is not to be shared with colleagues or used by an entire grade level, school, or district without purchasing the proper number of licenses. Licenses are non-transferable. If you are a coach, principal, or district interested in transferable licenses to accommodate yearly staff changes, please contact me for a quote at This resource may not be uploaded to the internet in any form, including classroom/personal websites or network drives, unless the site is password protected and can only be accessed by students.

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Make a video into a trivia game with @blubbr

I learned about Blubbr from a colleague at work. Blubbr allows users to take any video clip or series of video clips and paste trivia or review questions after or before a video clip. It makes watching video clips into an interactive game. This would be a great addition into any flipped classroom! You can even have your students compete to get the best time with the game. Create trivia games about the things you are passionate about or lessons you are teaching your students. You can challenge your friends on Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and other social networks. Check it out today!


Here is one on Hammurabi’s Code:

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Create Beautiful Videos with Adobe Voice

Do you have a story to tell? Do you need to capture the right attention? Tired of PowerPoint? Check out Adobe Voice. It’s an iPad app that turns your story into an animated video in minutes.  Adobe Voice allows students to create stunning and beautiful videos in just minutes. Your students select images and can then tell a story over the pictures. They can pick from over 25, 000 iconic images or all their own images. Your students can persuade, inform, or inspire anyone to act with this beautifully designed application. Creating a powerful documentary is fun, fast, and very simple to use. You can share the videos on  Facebook, Twitter, email, or your own web page for anyone to watch, on any device.

I plan on using this program for my social stratification unit. My students will educate our community about the effects of poverty and hopefully inspire and inform our community.

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Presidential Speeches

The Miller Center is a website that specializes in presidential scholarship, public policy, and political history. The Miller Center has an impressive official oral history project  for every administration from President Carter to President Obama. They are also transcribe  White House audio tapes  of President FDR through President Nixon. The Miller Center provides first hand accounts on how administrations have dealt with complex and difficult issues. They have an impressive collection of presidential speeches from transcripts, audio, and video that is easily searchable by topic and president. This primary source collection could significantly enhance any US History or Government course.

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Gilder Lehrman Reconstruction Seminar Resources

US History Resources for Common Core

Forty-five states have implemented the Common Core State Standards in ELA and Mathematics for every subject. These standards are not intended to drive history and other subjects away from the curriculum, but they are designed to encourage our students to be critical readers who can apply the knowledge they learned.  These standards are intended to engage students in the history curriculum and teach them skills needed to be successful. The websites listed below are useful  to supplement the curriculum and teach students the skills needed to be successful  21st century learners.

Under Common Core Student’s will be encouraged to:

  • Examine and analyze primary sources  
  • Use evidence to support an argument
  • Understand historical context
  • Read multiple accounts and perspectives
  • Question: Who? What? Why? When? How? Where?
  • Take a position and defend it with evidence


  • Docs Teach: This website is a wonderful resource that has over Four Thousand primary documents from the National Archives. The website also has tons of resources and ready to use tools to enhance your instruction.
  • Gilder Lehrman Institute: This website offers a massive variety of resources to assist teachers and students. It offers professional development opportunities for educators, provides documents and exercises for classroom use, and encourages excellence in student writing with essay prizes.
  • Digital History: This website is another great resource that has tons of useful materials such as an alternative textbook, teaching ideas, primary documents, learning modules, and media rich lessons.
  • NROC: This is the website from the National Repository of Online courses that provides teachers with video clips on every unit, key readings, and so much more.
  • Teaching History: Teaching history is a website designed by the National History Education Clearinghouse. This website offers tons of history materials from “Ask a historian,” teaching materials, and best practices.
  • EDSITEment: EDSITEment is another wonderful website from the National Endowment from the Humanities. The website offers free resources and over 393 history lessons for teachers. These lessons stress primary source documents, critical thinking, and other common core skills.  The website is extremely easy to navigate and it has a plethora of valuable and easy to implement lessons.
  • Pearson Hall: This website has online educational materials FREE for educators such as vocabulary building activities, review games, interactive links, and assessments.
  • DBQ and Thematic Essay: Greece Public Schools in Greece, NY has a wonderful collections of Document Based Questions and Thematic Essays that have appeared on the New York State Assessment.
  • Eye Witness to History is a wonderful website to incorporate primary sources such as first-hand accounts, vintage photographs, and radio broadcasts into your classroom.
  •  Reading Like a Historian is a wonderful  curriculum to engage students in historial inquiry.  The Standford History Education Group produced over 75 Lesson Plans based on primary documents and activities to engage your students in the study of United States History.These lessons seems to align perfectly with the Common Core Standards of reading, analyzing, forming an opinion, and debating primary source materials. Students are not learning the material from a textbook or a teacher but engaging in real and meaningful historical inquiry.



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Edcamp Social Studies will be held November 22nd

Are you doing something amazing in your classroom that engages students and helps them to learn more? Do your students love social studies and love learning in your class? Or, perhaps, you feel stymied or frustrated by the current state of our education system? Do budget cuts and dwindling resources leave you little choice but to teach in isolation?

Bring It!

In order to be prepared, it’s best to bring along the following to an EdCamp

  • An open mind
  • A positive attitude
  • A willingness to collaborate and share
  • A couple of your colleagues
  • EdCamps are NOT about formal presentations. They are about conversations and they are fully participatory.
  • A concept or idea that has worked really well in your classroom that you can share and about which you are prepared to guide a discussion.
  • Ideas about things you’d like to learn – you don’t need to teach everyone else if you lead a session, you can just as easily lead a session by asking others to teach you. In other words, practice the inquiry-based practice in leading a session.
  • EdCamps are not techno-centric, however, it is a good idea to bring a laptop or other device as many people will be filling backchannels and Twitter streams around the conversations taking place. Conversations can be centered around tech and non-tech ideas and concepts.


You can expect:

  • Passionate educators sharing their tricks & techniques
  • Collaboration with others like you in learning new tools, content, etc. together
  • Instantaneous excitement, networking and camaraderie
  • Rich, meaningful conversations that will last far beyond the construct of the day
  • A blank schedule at the start of the day. You’ll be encouraged to sign up for a session you’re willing to lead and the schedule being built from it. This is participant and teacher driven.
  • A rule of two feet, or as fellow organizer, Shawn McCusker would say, the ability to “go where you grow” – if a session doesn’t meet your needs, you keep moving to one that does.
  • A smackdown – at the close, participants have one to two minutes to share a favorite tool, lesson, website or concept in a highly energetic fashion. The resources are curated and shared with all participants and beyond through Twitter
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