50 Social Studies Strategies for K-8 Classrooms

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9780130284631: 50 Social Studies Strategies for K-8 Classrooms
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Here are fifty strategies for creating meaningful social studies experiences for K—8 students - ten general and forty specific - organized alphabetically, accompanied by assessment tools, and each introduced by grade level and National Council for Social Studies (NCSS) standards indicators. Each strategy is explained through reference to research and theory; and followed by a list of procedures and a list of references/resources. At the end of each strategy is a narrative description of the strategy “in action” or an example of a performance assessment-scoring guide. For elementary and middle school Social Studies teachers.

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Kathryn M. Obenchain, Ph.D., teaches undergraduate elementary and secondary social studies methods, as well as graduate courses in social studies education and research methods. She is currently an assistant professor at the University of Texas at Austin. She has worked extensively with the northern Nevada Teaching American History Program and is co-founder and co-director of the "Research in Romania" study-abroad program.

 

Ronald V. Morris, Ph.D., teaches methods of elementary social studies to graduate and undergraduate students in the Department of History at Ball State University, and he offers teacher in-service.  He is the (2009) author of: Bringing History to Life: First-Person Historical Presentations in Elementary and Middle Classrooms (Rowman & Littlefield Education).

 

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We considered multiple audiences while writing this text. We wanted to fill it with ideas—well-explained, useful, and meaningful ideas that teachers could use to engage their students in learning social studies. We believe this book is of interest to undergraduate elementary and middle-school teacher education students as an additional source and reference for their methods class, and that it will be of assistance to them in their first years of planning social studies instruction in their classroom. This book is also of interest to inservice elementary and middle-school teachers in the social studies field as well as those in graduate classes who are seeking teaching ideas. We hope teacher educators find this book useful as a companion to a more standard methods textbook because of the number and variety of strategies it provides.

This book contains 10 general and 40 specific teaching strategies, alphabetically organized, and specifically adapted to the social studies. Designed for use in the K-8 classroom, the strategies can be adapted to fit different classroom configurations and needs. Included in the book's strategies are multiple types of assessment tools so that teachers have options in assessing their students. Further, our commitment to pragmatic instructional practices and multiple examples complements our commitment to research about the social studies field.

All of the strategies are organized in the same fashion. Before the introduction to each strategy are several indicators.

One indicator highlights the grade-level target(s) of the strategy. While most of the strategies are pertinent across grade levels, each strategy includes notations of K-2 (primary), 3-5 (intermediate), or 6-8 (middle level). A second indicator highlights the link to appropriate National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) national curriculum standards. These are Roman numerals I through X, and they directly reference the NCSS curriculum standards. A brief overview of these standards follows the Introduction to this text. Some strategies also have a technology icon near the title, indicating the potential use of some form of technology in the particular strategy.

Each strategy in this text follows a predictable format. An "introduction" first provides a brief description of the strategy and a rationale as to why it is particularly beneficial. Where appropriate, we have included historical, theoretical, and/or research support for the use of this strategy in social studies. The segment titled "Procedural Recommendations" provides a simple outline of how to prepare for and facilitate or direct the strategy. The section on "Applications and Ideas" includes either a classroom example or an assessment tool, intended to provide a concrete connection to the strategy discussed. Finally, each strategy includes a "References and Resources" list that includes any combination of scholarly support, additional readings and information, Web sites, and/or helpful organizations. This list is intended to help teachers further examine how others have successfully used similar strategies in their classrooms in order to expand and deepen an understanding of the strategy beyond what is presented in this text.

We believe that students' learning is enriched and that they enjoy social studies more when they experience a variety of instructional strategies. We hope the strategies described in this text will help teachers plan more effective social studies lessons. We are interested in hearing from our readers about ways to improve upon these strategies or additional strategies they would like to see in future editions. It is our hope that these strategies will encourage social studies teachers to create intellectual and enjoyable learning experiences for their students.

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