Here are 50 strategies for creating meaningful social studies experiences for K-8 students -- four overarching and forty-six specific strategies --organized alphabetically, accompanied by assessment tools, and introduced by grade level and National Council for Social Studies (NCSS) standards indicators.
Prepares students to work in an increasingly standards-based, test-based educational environment.
Ensures students the benefits of current scholarship in the field.
Teaches students to recognize the difference between what a teacher taught and what his/her students learned. Illustrates strategies “in action” in real classrooms with real learners.
Gives students a guide for using the strategy in their own first classroom.
Provides reliable information for further study and research.
Illustrates ways to take advantage of the Internet, digital photography, software, and the like in real classrooms with real learners.
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50 Social Studies Strategies for K-8 Classrooms
Kathryn M. Obenchain ♦ Ronald V. Morris
This second edition of 50 Social Studies Strategies for K-8 Classrooms continues the tradition of providing effective, practical strategies that create meaningful social studies experiences for students in various classroom arrangements. It also focuses on the connections between social studies and literacy. New strategies have also been added, including Teaching Core Democratic ideas, Museum Exhibits, and Virtual Field Trips.
Each Strategy Includes
A matrix, printed on the inside cover, identifies how each strategy aligns with the NCSS Standards.About the Author:
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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