Integration Doc: Flipgrid in Grades 6-8 (Ages 11-13) Social Studies

Flipgrid Basics 💻📱🖥

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Here are the basics: When you set up your account, you’ll first create a Topic for your learning community. Topics are discussion prompts that your students respond to with short videos. Students then Record a Response and post their video or view and Add a Comment to one another’s Responses.

Groups are a great way for educators to organize multiple Topics and share them with a community of learners. Invite your students to respond to an individual Topic or to access your Group of Topics by sharing the Join Code or Link.

Flipgrid is available on the web and via our iOS and Android apps. 

Flipgrid in Grades 6-8 (Ages 11-13) Social Studies 🌍

In middle grades, learners refine their voice and communicate with others while strengthening skills such as elaboration and reflection. Flipgrid helps students leverage technology to take an active role in demonstrating competency in their learning goals (ISTE Standards for Students 1). Some goals for Social Studies in the middle grades include understanding how scarcity plays a role in the economy, monetary and fiscal policies, discussing how power and responsibility are shared in a government, and understanding major global trends. Here are just a few ways that Flipgrid can ignite engagement and capture your students’ learning process:

⭐️ Describe the rights and responsibilities of citizens
⭐️ Elaborate on how the choices people make have present and future consequences
⭐️ Explain what determines market prices regarding goods and services
⭐️ Describe reform, revolution, and social change in the world economy
⭐️ Compare and contrast local and national government organizations
⭐️ Demonstrate understanding of postwar social transformation

Once you’re ready to create your first discussion Topic, you can dive right in from your Educator Admin or head to the Discovery Library for inspiration. Here is a sampling of middle grades Social Studies Topics currently available in the Disco Library, all created by your peers and ready to be used with your learners!

🚀 Discovery Library: 6th Grade

Causes of the American Revolution by Chelsea Howells: A Topic where students argue which cause of the American Revolution was the most important.

Mesopotamia Commercial by Angela Westmoreland: A Topic sparking creativity as students create a commercial convincing others to live in Mesopotamia.

Sumerians v. Phoenicians by John Connell: A Topic to have students discuss the contributions of different empires.

🚀 Discovery Library: 7th Grade

Civics - Changing the World by Jornea Erwin: A Topic discussing the balance between rights and responsibilities.

Limited/Unlimited Government by Deborah Wilson: A Topic for comparing democracy to other types of government.

Disfranchisement by Vanessa Hall: A Topic discussing disfranchisement of African Americans during the Progressive Movement.

🚀 Discovery Library: 8th Grade

Global Issues by Richard Poulin: A Topic using the SDGs to have students decide on which global challenges matter to them the most.

A Long Walk to Water by Linda Krenicki: A Topic for making text-to-self and text-to-world connections using the book A Long Walk to Water.

Arab-Israeli Conflict by Layal Olive: A Topic debating modern Middle Eastern conflicts.

Consider this: ISTE Standards for Students 💡

Knowledge Constructor 3 - Students critically curate a variety of resources using digital tools to construct knowledge, produce creative artifacts and make meaningful learning experiences for themselves and others. 3C: Students curate information from digital resources using a variety of tools and methods to create collections of artifacts that demonstrate meaningful connections or conclusions.

Creative Communicator 6 - Students communicate clearly and express themselves creatively for a variety of purposes using the platforms, tools, styles, formats and digital media appropriate to their goals. 6C: Students publish or present content that customizes the message and medium for their intended audiences.

Want even more!? 🤓

💥 Join Education Innovation Leads Jornea Erwin, Jess Boyce, and Ann Kozma for a LIVE Professional Development session. View upcoming dates and times!

💥 Join the #FlipgridForAll educator community on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram to learn from colleagues and peers around the world!

💥 Become a Level One Flipgrid Certified Educator.

There is no limit to the ways you can use Flipgrid with learners in social studies. Dive in and help your students define and share their voice and respect the diverse voices of their peers. We are here to support you!


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