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I am a social studies teacher at a juvenile detention center and I need some ideas for a 5 min warm up for multiple grade levels per class. Thanks to anyone who can help with this.

May 24, 2017 8:44am

  • Social Studies
  • 6-10
  • Engagement

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    • Jun 5, 2017 8:57pm

      Perhaps start the class off with a thought provoking question that the students are asked to respond. Students can then share their responses in a discussion or on a large poster paper. If you have laptops you can have students respond on Padlet, Nearpod, or through Edmodo or any other online learning tool.

      • Jun 8, 2017 6:59pm

        If you want to incorporate current events, you could do a "world leader” game where you could give an event that happened yesterday and ask students how they would respond diplomatically. You could have students group up and argue their point with others. Gives kids argumentative skills, connects them to current events, possible teamwork, and can introduce other solutions to problems other than conflict.

        • Aug 3, 2017 12:01pm

          I like to use Hooks, something that gets my students excited about what we are about to learn. This is one for teaching Hammurabi's Code
          Hook Exercise: What Is Justice? Leaders throughout history have had to grapple with the task of creating just, or fair, laws. One such leader was Hammurabi, whose laws are the subject of this Mini-Q. Hammurabi’s concern was creating just laws for the people of Babylonia 4,000 years ago.
          With a partner, talk through the two cases below and discuss the questions that follow.
          In Task 1: each case, you will consider justice in three ways: Is the outcome fair to the accused? Is the outcome fair to the victim? Is the outcome in the best interest of the general society?
          Eddie is caught shoplifting a cell phone at Best Buy. Eddie is 15 years old. It is a first Case A: offense. The police call his parents, and Eddie returns the phone. There will be no criminal record. In judging whether this is a fair handling of the case, ask: Is it fair to Eddie? Is it fair to Best Buy? Is it fair to society? Is it in the best interest of society?
          J.D. is caught shoplifting a cell phone at Best Buy. J.D. is 19 years old. This will be his Case B: third felony conviction, all for shoplifting. Because of the Three Strikes law, his state requires that he
          serve a minimum of ten years in prison with no chance of parole. In judging whether this is a fair handling of the case, ask: Is it fair to J.D.? Is it fair to Best Buy? Is it fair to society? Is it in the best interest of society? Pick one rule in your school. Then decide if it is just. Explain. Task 2: • Is it fair to the rule breaker? • Is it fair to those who are harmed? • Is it fair to the greater school community?