May 9 marks the 73rd anniversary of Victory Day, the surrender of Nazi Germany to the Allied powers. A mere footnote in much of the West, it is a grand national holiday in modern Russia.
All next week, Open Ended Social Studies founder Thomas Kenning will be coming to you live from Moscow.
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Teach your students about who beat the Nazis and how.
Mark Twain once wrote, “Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts.”
That is pretty much the sentiment upon which this entire site was founded, but did you know that there is science to back up that wonderful idea?
Check out some of ways in which travel can open up your world and sharpen your mind.
Travel really can make you a better person – why not use it to teach right in your own classroom with some of these great lesson ideas from Openendedsocialstudies?
- Live From Moscow, 2018:
- New Horizons in Peru and Bolivia, Travel Writing:
- Adventure Blog.
- A Guided Tour of Bolivia, 2016 – Explore the streets of La Paz and El Alto, scramble through the 500 year-old silver mines of Potosi, or race across the barren salt flats of Uyuni. Supplementary photos and information on Bolivia, past and present.
- A Guided Tour of Peru, 2016 – Explore the streets of Cusco and Lima, scramble through Inca ruins from Machu Picchu on down, take a slow boat up the Amazon River from Iquitos, and an even slower boat across Lake Titicaca to the floating man-made islands of the Uros. Supplementary photos and information on Peru, past and present.
- TEACH in Bahrain, Qatar, and the United Arab Emirates, Travel Writing:
- Adventure Blog.
- A Guided Tour of the Gulf States is a curated photo essay. Stroll the streets of Manama and Doha, ride to the top of the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, witness the grandeur of Islamic architecture at the Sheikh Zayed Mosque before spending the evening dune bashing with high-paying tourists in the sands of Abu Dhabi.
- An American in Cuba, Travel Writing:
- A Guided Tour of Maya Mexico, 2017 – Explore the ruins of Ek’ Balam, Uxmal, and Chichen Itza, scramble through streets of colonial Merida, and sample the cuisine and culture of Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula. Supplementary photos and information on the Yucatan, past and present.
- Scenes from Cambodia, 2014 – supplementary photos to enhance a sense of place.
- Scenes from China, 2015 – supplementary photos to enhance a sense of place.
- Scenes from Nicaragua, 2015 – supplementary photos to enhance a sense of place.
- A Guided Tour of Moscow, 2017 – Explore Red Square and Gorky Park, race through the Moscow Metro, and participate in the 2017 Victory Day celebrations commemorating the end of World War II. Supplementary photos and information about Moscow, Russia.
- Scenes from South Korea, 2015 – From the glistening towers of Seoul to the DMZ, from the bustle of downtown to the sanctuary of its Buddhist monasteries – supplementary photos to enhance a sense of place.
Explore the ruins of Ek’ Balam, Uxmal, and Chichen Itza, scramble through streets of colonial Merida, and sample the cuisine and culture of Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula on this guided photo essay (complete with suggested activities for use in your social studies classroom.)
This photo essay works perfectly in conjunction with the rest of our free Maya unit.
- Choose any topic described in a photo or caption in this album. Do deeper reading and research on that topic, creating a presentation to share with your class.
- Research and plan a realistic travel itinerary through Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula that focuses specifically on its Maya and colonial histories. Explain the historical or cultural relevance of your choices. Present the final itinerary with photos and estimated costs for the whole trip.
Open Ended Social Studies collects and presents original and dynamic classroom materials focusing on parts of the world neglected by traditional world history textbooks in the United States. The middle and high school lessons hosted here aim to foster critical and historical thinking, greater cultural awareness, and a sense of wonder about the world and our place in it. Open Ended Social Studies is free, always growing, and collaborative – please check back and contribute often.
Browse all of the free texts, activities, and lesson plans – all of the chapters missing from your conventional textbook.
Check out the library of travel writing and photography from previous adventures in the field.
What happened to the ancient Maya? How did their great cities come to ruin? Check out this new Openendedsocialstudies documentary short, shot on location in Ek’ Balam, a Maya ruin in Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula. This tour of the city is a great primer on the latest theories of Maya collapse and can be enjoyed by the casual viewer, or in the classroom, in conjunction with our brand new unit on the ancient Maya.
Check out this new Openendedsocialstudies documentary short, shot on location at Uxmal, a Maya ruin in Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula. This tour of the city is a great introduction to Maya culture and can be enjoyed by the casual viewer, the history buff, or in the classroom, in conjunction with our brand new (and totally free) unit on the ancient Maya.
Excellent choice on going to Havana – it’s pretty spectacular and very distinct… Though you can sense the winds of change in the air – in a few years, you get the feeling that there is going to be a lot more American money flowing in… Get there before the McDonald’s opens.
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