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A Helpful Best Practices Checklist for Social Studies Classroom Materials

A Free Best Practices Checklist for your Social Studies Classroom Materials

Are you hanging onto some of those outdated resources that were left behind by the previous teacher? You know the ones.

It’s spring cleaning and time to part ways with those Thanksgiving crafts that inappropriately depict Native Americans. It’s time to put those outdated textbooks on the shelf or in storage, and it’s time to toss those reading passages that teach history through only one lens.

When I was first teaching, the wall map in my classroom still depicted the Soviet Union. This was 2011. It had to go. I couldn’t get funds for a new map, so I ended up paying for a more accurate one out of my own pocket (yes, I know I’m speaking to the choir here when it comes to purchasing our own materials).

Want to start cleaning out and reviewing materials but not sure where to start? I've got you covered.

I’ve put together a free checklist of questions to ask as you review your classroom library books, social studies activities, textbooks, and materials. This isn't an exhaustive list of questions but is designed to help you purposefully analyze the materials you already have. You can also use this checklist as you consider what you replace outdated and inappropriate materials with going forward.

It's never too late to take a hard look at the books, materials, and resources in your classroom, so if you are reading this during the summer or back-to-school season, you'll find this helpful too.

You can download and print a copy of the two page PDF for FREE here:

Social Studies Spring Cleaning Checklist
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Happy Spring Cleaning,


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