50 Social Studies Strategies for K-8 Classrooms

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9780133740967: 50 Social Studies Strategies for K-8 Classrooms

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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In 50 Social Studies Strategies for K-8 Classroom, pre-service and practicing teachers get well-explained, useful, meaningful ideas—including 50 ready-to-use strategies—for engaging elementary and middle school students in learning social studies. The strategies are easily adaptable to individual teachers’ classroom configurations and needs, and include multiple types of assessment tools that give teachers options in assessing their students. Each strategy is organized for flexibility and ease of use and includes links to the National Council for the Social Studies national curriculum standards, links to the Common Core Strategies, procedural recommendations, application ideas, differentiation sections, assessment sections, references and resources, and more. The strategies are designed to help teachers plan effective social studies lessons using multiple types of student groups, while also accounting for the diversity of learners in today’s classrooms.


The new Fourth Edition features:

  • A new organization including “top 10” overarching strategies followed by 40 specific social studies strategies.
  • Updating and improvements to the strategies throughout to make them more effective and easier than ever to use.
  • Five completely new strategies.
  • Major revisions to several, including Cemetery Studies, Folk Culture, Games, Historical Source Work, Learning Centers, Media Literacy, Music History, Timelines, Video Production, and WebQuest.
  • Assessment rubrics for each strategy using either the ELS Coon Core Standards or the NCSS Curriculum Standards.
  • Differentiation sections for each strategy with specific examples.
  • Literacy skills articulated throughout each strategy.
  • 21st Century skills articulation noted within each strategy.
  • National Council for the Social Studies “Powerful and Authentic Social Studies” (PASS) criteria featured for each assessment task.
  • Technology updates throughout.

About the Author:

Kathryn M. Obenchain is an Assistant Professor of Social Studies Education at Purdue University, where she teaches undergraduate and graduate courses. She was previously a faculty member at University of Nevada, Reno and The University of Texas at Austin, and is a former classroom social studies teacher. Dr. Obenchain earned her Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction and M.S. in Social Studies Education at Purdue University, as well as a B.A. in History from Hanover College. She has published numerous articles and book chapters on social studies and citizenship education, as well as social studies teacher education.  


Ronald V. Morris is a Professor in the Department of History at Ball State University where he teaches graduate and undergraduate students. He earned a Ph.D. from Purdue University in Social Studies Curriculum and Instruction, a Master of Science from Purdue University in Educational Psychology and Gifted Education, and a Bachelor of Science from the University of Indianapolis in Elementary and Middle School Education. He taught fourth grade social studies for eight years.  He is the author of Bringing History to Life: First Person Presentations in Elementary and Middle School Social Studies, Drama in Elementary and Middle School Social Studies, and  The Field Trip Book: Study Travel Experience in Social Studies. He has produced seven DVDs for elementary social studies classroom use and won one Emmy.  He has co-produced a computer game to teach Civil War content to elementary students. In 1991, he won the National Council for the Social Studies Christa McAuliffe Award, and in 2010 he earned the American Association of State and Local History Award of Merit for a lifetime of service to public history.  He is presently restoring a 1830s row house when he is not hiking on the Appalachian Trail.

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