First Days of School Lesson Plans Orange County Public Schools Instruction & Curriculum Services
Level: High School Subject: GLOBAL STUDIES DOE Course Code #: 2104320
of days provided: 10
Social Studies - Global Studies
Getting Started The first few minutes of class can be effectively used as instructional time for the students while still allowing the teacher time to do important administrative tasks. Bell Work, Sponge Activities or Zingers are names given to brief activities that take place in the classroom starting as or before the bell rings. Bell Work can be used to introduce a new concept, to expand a lesson or review for a test or quiz. Students should have a Social Studies notebook/binder to keep their daily responses.
Bell Work or Sponge Activity Some teachers prefer a spiral notebook for bell work/sponge activities while others like to use a loose leaf notebook with dividers that will contain all of their Global Studies work including notes, vocabulary activities, maps, and assessment pieces. Students at this age frequently misplace notebooks and many teachers find it worthwhile to have the students store their Social Studies notebook in the classroom on a shelf for the first part of the year.
Students should begin on the bell work/sponge activities by writing their name and the date on their paper. All parts of the activity or question should be copied onto their paper and answers provided neatly. If a question is asked, students should respond with complete sentences neatly written. The teacher needs to reinforce this procedure by walking around the room once administrative duties are complete. Take the time to model the format you want with the class in the early weeks of school so that they understand and follow that format naturally. When the time for bell work is complete, review the activity and provide the correct answers for students. Students should correct their work by crossing out the wrong answer with a single line and writing the correct answer below.
Agenda A daily agenda should be posted for each class with the date and what the class will be doing that day. Homework assignments can be listed here as well, or in a separate location on the board. To help students and yourself, transfer this information to a permanent location by the week or month so that students who are absent can see what they have missed. (You may have an area on the board, a three ring binder or even a file on a student computer – just to name a few examples.) Benchmarks/Objectives
OCPS First Days of School Lesson Plans