Saturday, February 28, 2015

Social Studies 400 (Ted Talk Assignment)

What is a Ted Talk?

What is the reason behind the 18 minute time limit?

Who can give a Ted Talk?

Are there any topics that are "off limits"?

Spend a few minutes looking at the Ted Talk Topics page. What appear to be popular Ted Talk topics? (List five examples.)

What are a few unusual topics you see listed?

Now browse the web. Look for advice on delivering a great Ted Talk. (Forbes has a short article online with five tips on delivering a "killer" talk.) What are some popular tips you found in your search?

Now imagine you have been asked to give a Ted Talk. What would be the topic? What would be the title of your talk?

How would you make your talk great (following the advice from the experts you researched online)?

Using the criteria I provided in class, score five Ted Talks for "greatness." You may include two talks I've shown in class but the other three you must watch on your own.

Friday, February 27, 2015

The Five Phrases That Can Change Your Life: Adam Braun at TEDxColumbiaCo...

How to sound smart in your TEDx Talk | Will Stephen | TEDxNewYork

Social Studies 400 Assignment (Programs Serving the Needs of Children in Poverty)

Create a "flip-book" with five sections. Label the sections: Medical Needs, Nutritional Needs, Educational Needs, Safety Needs, and Other.

Inside each section, include contact information for programs that exist in Wisconsin and surrounding counties which serve each need. Also include a brief explanation of each program. On the upper-side of each flap, include facts and statistics regarding each topic.

For example, in your section labeled "Safety," you could include links to child toys/products recall pages or pages dealing with Shaken Baby Syndrome or SIDS.
Product Recalls:
Shaken Baby Syndrome Resource:

In the "Other" section, you could include information about the "Text4Baby" program.

You could include information about the WIC program in the "Nutritional Needs" section.

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Industrial Revolution Games and Simulations

Wright Brothers Game:
Your job is to help Edison and his team to create a working motion picture camera. Record the decisions you made along the way. Did you succeed?
Your job is to build a lightbulb. Find a filament made with the right material and shape that will last.

Do you want to work for Edison? First you have to pass this test. Did you pass?

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Left to Tell: Immaculee Ilibagiza

"Live the Wage"

Would you take the challenge?

The minimum wage in Wisconsin is currently _____________.
Working full time on minimum wage, you will earn ___________ a week.
After housing and taxes, that breaks down to __________ a week.

Download the information sheet. Read it.

What is the challenge?

What should participants keep in mind if they accept this challenge?

Participants are asked to share their experiences on social media. What is the purpose of doing that?

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Third World Farmer Assignment

Monday's assignment:
Print this page (click the print button at the bottom of this blog post) or write answers to these questions on a separate piece of paper. Turn in at the end of the period.

As you play the game record your answers to the following questions:

What difficult choices were you confronted with as you played the game?

What challenges confronted you as you played the game?

How did your choices affect your family members as you played the game?

What was the most difficult choice you had to make as you played the game?

What was the least difficult choice?

What was your final score? Are you satisfied with your score? How might you improve your score if you played this game a second time?

How is this game different from other games you play? (How do you "win" Third World Farmer vs games you typically play?)

Part of this website includes information on how players can "take action." What action can people like you take regarding the issues dealt with in Third World Farmer?

World Studies Bulletin Board Assignment

Now that our bulletin board is complete, I'm going to ask you to do one more thing.

Write three questions based on the material found on the conflict mineral bulletin board outside the classroom. You may write true/false questions, matching, fill-in-the-blank, or short answer questions. Don't forget to create an answer key. I will use your questions as part of an assignment for my Current Events students.

This assignment is worth 10 points.

Friday, February 13, 2015

Play Mission US- City of Immigrants (Game and Questions)
Part One:
What is your name?

How old are you?

What is your country of origin?

What year is this?

Why are you coming to America?

Briefly describe your trip to America.

Your first stop in America is Ellis Island. What do you do there?

On your way to your brother's house, you get lost. While trying to find your way to his apartment you encounter a number of New York City landmarks. List four and briefly describe each.

You live in a tenement. What is a tenement?

Once you find your destination, describe a typical day for you. (How do you spend your day?)

What did you find most frustrating about your new life in America?

What did you find most rewarding?

One of your close friends works at the Triangle Shirtwaist Company. What do you know about that company?

How did workers in the textile factories try and improve working conditions?

How do immigrants such as yourself adapt to life in the United States?

Did the immigrant experience differ based on gender?

Monday, February 9, 2015

Financial Literacy Assignment- Life Skills 400

Play "Reality Check: What Lifestyle do you want?"
Print your results and place in your hanging file.

Auto Loan Calculator

Write a brief reaction to what you learned after completing the loan calculator. (How much will you have to make to afford the car you want? Can you afford the car you want now? How about five years from now?)

Now watch this video from "How to Adult: How to Buy a Car."

What are your Life Values? Take the Life Values Quiz.

Read about the four Life Values here:

Which life value best represents you?

Now take the Life Values Quiz:

Did the results of the quiz match the value you originally selected as most representative of yourself?

Infographic: The Value of Financial Literacy

Infographic: The Value of Financial Literacy

What percentage of Americans live beyond their means?

What does "living beyond your means" mean?

What percentage of Americans do not maintain a budget?

Why do you think it is important to maintain a budget?

What percentage of high school seniors use credit cards?

What potential problems do you foresee with regard to an increasing number of teenagers using credit cards?

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Life Skills 400 (Join my Khan Academy Life Skills class)

Check your school email to join Lea Hansen's Life Skills 400 class.  If you can't find the email, you may need to go into your spam folder and mark the email as "not spam."

Open the email and click "Join Class."


Complete your profile information.

Spend 5-10 minutes exploring the site. Share one observation about the site in the comments under this post.

This assignment must be completed by Tuesday. You will earn 10 points for successfully completing this assignment.

Life Skills 400 Assignment (Public Benefits)

    Find the answers to the following questions:
Final project: Put together all that you have learned in a well organized presentation. You may use either PowerPoint or Prezi to complete your presentation.

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Thirteen Reasons Why Final Project

Create a prezi which includes a minimum of five slides. Each slide will focus on a different theme from Thirteen Reasons Why. Include five quotes from the book focusing on each theme. Each frame must also include at least one picture focusing on the theme, one song relating to the theme, and five statistics or facts about the theme.

Teen Depression
Teen Suicide
Sexual Assault

United States History Chapter 10 Alternative Assignment

To complete this assignment, you will need to add definitions and pictures to each of the terms listed.
In addition, you need to play "Scatter" and take the test. If needed, retake the test until you earn 9 out of 10 correct.

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

A Young People's History of the United States-: "The Other Civil War" Chapter 10 Assignment

Create a Prezi including the following information:
Five historic events from the chapter.
Three important figures from the chapter. Select from: Andrew Jackson, Ely Moore, Harriet Hanson, Frances Wright
Include five new vocabulary words from the chapter: tenements, monopoly, tariff, strike, union
Five powerful quotes from the chapter.
Three examples of how events described in this chapter relate to stories in the media today.