Utah Lesson Plans
Social Studies
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Upper Elementary, Middle School
  • UOL
  • UOL3-5
  • UOL6-8
  • Uollesson
  • Uolsocialstudies
  • Worldbook
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    Current Events

    Current Events


    This resource is a Social Studies student activity that utilizes Utah's Online Library resources - specifically, World Book Encyclopedia - Behind the Headlines to help students learn about current events. 


    About Utah’s Online Library

    Utah's Online Library provides Utah educators and students free access to high-quality reference collections such as EBSCO, Gale Reference Collection, World Book, eMedia, and LearningExpress Library.

    This activity was designed to help educators utilize this amazing resource in their classrooms.

    Note: Utah educators and students visiting Utah's Online Library from a school computer should be automatically authenticated. When at home, students must use the home access login that their teacher or school media specialist can provide. Utah educators can use either their my.uen login or the home access login.


    Essential Question: How can what is happening right now in the world help us make connections to the past, to the present, and to ourselves?

    Do you need a convenient way to help teach the following section of the 6th grade Social Studies core? Explore current global issues facing the modern world and identify potential solutions.

    a. Investigate pressing issues facing the world.
    b. Identify potential solutions to pressing issues.
    c. Identify individuals and groups making positive changes in the world today and support these choices with evidence.

    Utah's Online Library's World Book Encyclopedia has a Behind the Headlines section in the Student section. The information changes daily and reflects what is going on in worldwide news. Once a week (or once a month), access World Book and project the main Student page for your students. Choose one of the headlines and discuss it as a class or have students break into groups and discuss. Who knew World Book was so versatile?

    Behind the Headlines can also support the 5th-grade social studies core objective where students are asked to identify a current issue facing the world and propose a role the United States could play in being part of a solution.


    Curriculum Connections:

    Social Studies - 5th Grade
    Social Studies - 6th Grade