C3 Framework

College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Framework for Social Studies State Standards

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After three and a half years of hard work, led by more than twenty states in cooperation with fifteen social studies content organizations with the participation of dozens of scholar-writers and over 3,000 reviewers, College, Career and Civic Life (C3) Framework for Social Studies State Standards is here!

The C3 Framework for Social Studies State Standards is a powerful guide to help each state strengthen instruction in the social studies by establishing fewer, clearer and higher standards for instruction in civics, economics, geography and history, K-12. The C3 Framework will also be an invaluable tool for teachers, school districts and curriculum writers to strengthen their social studies programs.  Its objectives are to: a) enhance the rigor of the social studies disciplines; b) build critical thinking, problem solving, and participatory skills to become engaged citizens; and c) align academic programs to the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts and Literacy in History/Social Studies. 

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Game On! Is a standards-based curriculum that offers students the chance to play, analyze, and create their very own tabletop games. After discussing how game components work together to make a game succeed or fail, students are asked to create a tabletop game of their own centered around a topic of the teacher’s choosing.

Game On! is designed to be adaptable to all content areas, classrooms and student learning levels. Through the game creation process, students are able to tackle problems in their own lives or communities, interrogate choices they and others have made and probe difficult subjects in ways previously unavailable to them.

After completion, student games are then playtested by fellow students, who provide feedback for their peers, thus deepening their sense of community and allowing for the exploration of new ideas for gameplay.

Designed for Grades 2-12


If you are interested in purchasing Game On!, please visit our webstore atstore.popcultureclassroom.org. For questions or inquiries about setting up a workshop, email us at info@popcultureclassroom.org.

Current Events Quiz Game

FREE Current Events QUIZ Game!

You can use it FREE Jan-May! Reply back to Peter Vavak (pdv@windstream.net) with teacher name, school, address, city, state, zip and grades/subjects taught. We will email back to you a (username) and easy directions to get started! Your students will love it! We recommend you use each week for a class enrichment or reward activity!

SAMPLE GAME Take the FREE SEMESTER OFFER you get a new one of these EVERY WEEK! https://newzbrain.com/Data/WeeklySamples/nbwsample.pdf

Eight News Categories, divided by point totals. Just a fun learning game to be played with your class!

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Please share this free promotion with any school, teacher or organization of teachers that you can!

Labragirl Media Project

Media Literacy Workshops For Teachers, Parents, & Community Leaders


Labragirl Media Project supports teachers and parents who want to help students and children move from unconsciously consuming moving images to thinking critically about the ways media images shape the way they see themselves, others, and the world.


Experiencing Japan Beyond the Classroom

The Japan National Tourism Organization is the government agency that promotes travel to Japan. To assist teachers wishing to plan school trips to Japan, JNTO publishes Experience Japan Beyond the Classroom, an eight-page planning resource. The brochure includes information on volunteer guide services, organizations that arrange home stays, universities with thriving exchange programs, and exchange programs coordinated by prefectural governments. For a free copy, contact JNTO’s Los Angeles or New York office.

Facing History Project Learning Tree

Need some tree and forest lessons and activities to help your students create winning posters?

Project Learning Tree has been delivering its award-winning, inquiry and science based interdisciplinary environmental education curriculum resources and support for nearly 40 years. PLT teaches students “how to think, not what to think,” about complex environmental issues, and helps them acquire the skills they need to make sound choices about the environment.  Grant funding for student projects is available.  Activities are aligned with state and national standards.

While PLT materials are available only at Professional Development workshops we have permission to share two activities (below) to help students and teachers learn more about our trees and forests.   They are available for downloading at http://csfs.colostate.edu orwww.coloradoplt.org, where you can also find information about upcoming workshops.  Visitwww.plt.org for more activities and information about GreenWorks and GreenSchools grants.

PreK-8 Activity 30 - Three Cheers for Trees   It’s easy to take for granted both trees and the many benefits they provide. In this activity, students picture how their community would be different without trees and think about how much trees add to people’s lives.

PreK-8 Activity 32 - A Forest of Many Uses   Privately and publicly owned forests are often managed to provide many different resources. In this activity, students will learn how forests are managed to meet a variety of human and environmental needs.

Project Learning Tree, a program of the American Forest Foundation, is sponsored in Colorado by the Colorado State Forest Service. 

Shawna Crocker, Colorado State Forest Service,  Project Learning Tree Coordinator,scrocker@colostate.edu 
303-278-8822 office, 303-877-7585 cell

Instructional Strategies: 75 Tools to Improve Student Learning

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