Elementary Social Studies Teacher Resources
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A Close Reading of Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address
An incredibly detailed and focused resource, this cross-curricular unit uses text dependent questions, primary sources, and close reading to help readers interpret and analyze the content and structure of Abraham Lincoln's "Gettysburg Address.
8th - 10th Social Studies & History 122 Views 289 Downloads CCSS: Designed
Philosophy of Social Studies Education
Learn how to distinguish between curriculum and instruction. Utilize concept mapping strategies to organize a philosophy of elementary social studies education. Your class will be able to explain the process they underwent to organize their information and to identify their categorical headings.
Higher Ed Social Studies & History 14 Views 9 Downloads
The Gettysburg Address by Abraham Lincoln
"The Gettysburg Address" is the basis of a series of activities that not only model for learners how to conduct a close reading of a text, but also how a close reading can help them comprehend a difficult text. The detailed, step-by-step plan includes an appendix of supplemental activities, other versions of the speech, a vocabulary list, and guiding questions with instructional commentary.
8th - 10th Language Arts 33 Views 20 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
Technology Resources for the Social Studies Classroom
Looking for ways to increase engagement by bringing technology into your elementary social studies class? Teachers are introduced to the technology resources available for social studies and then they show their students specific strategies for using technology in a variety of contexts.
Higher Ed Social Studies & History 25 Views 40 Downloads
What Are the Social Studies?
Identify core social studies subjects with adult learners. They will discuss key issues from twentieth century American history and identify key social studies concepts taught at elementary grade levels. They then modify this activity to work with elementary social studies students.
Higher Ed Social Studies & History 36 Views 54 Downloads
Teaching Elementary Social Studies: Lesson Presentations
Students demonstrate the cumulative knowledge while practicing the skills of lesson delivery for Elementary Social Studies. They set up for the lesson and then teach it to professional peers. They are assessed by the professor for the teaching.
Higher Ed Social Studies & History 22 Views 10 Downloads
Increasing Multicultural Understanding Through Folk Literature
Learners read folktales from around the world comparing two of them using a computer generated Venn diagram. They create a game based on a folktale and use software to create a listening library of folktales.
3rd - 5th Language Arts 4 Views 7 Downloads
New Review What Basic Ideas Are in the Preamble to the Constitution?
Introduce young historians to the US Constitution with this upper-elementary social studies lesson. Beginning with a general discussion about the role of government in society, students go on to work in small groups identifying and illustrating the five purposes of the US Constitution as described in the Preamble.
3rd - 5th Social Studies & History 15 Views 115 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
New Review What Basic Ideas About Government Are Included in the Preamble to the Constitution?
Young historians explore the meaning of the Preamble to the US Constitution in this upper-elementary social studies instructional activity. Working with partners or in small groups, children discuss the purpose of government before reading and analyzing the words and phrases used in the Preamble.
4th - 6th Social Studies & History 22 Views 11 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
New Review What Is Authority?
Young scholars examine the concepts of power and authority as they begin learning about government in this elementary social studies lesson. Through a series of readings, discussions, and problem solving activities, children learn about different people who have authority and the powers they are given.
1st - 5th Social Studies & History 7 Views 10 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
New Review An Immigrant’s Experience
After interviewing an immigrant about their voyage to the United States and first impressions of the country, young learners create a fictional series of journal entries and design an iMovie depicting their interviewee's story.
4th - 8th Social Studies & History 12 Views 10 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
New Review Create Your Own Country Project
Young scholars demonstrate their knowledge of geography with this fun, collaborative social studies project. Working in small groups, students develop their very own countries, writing descriptions of their physical location, social system, economy, and culture as well as creating a map of the nation and a picture of it's flag.
5th - 8th Social Studies & History 10 Views 6 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
Natural Features of Our Community
Second graders read about and discuss natural features of communities. They listen to a guest speaker, such as a park ranger to expand their knowledge of natural features. They go on a field trip, if possible, to a local zoo or botanical garden and take notes during the trip.
2nd Social Studies & History 4 Views 35 Downloads
"The Big Lie" Response Journal
Eighth graders utilize a variety of reading and writing skills in completing social studies activities on "The Big Lie." students express their understanding of right and wrong actions based on the characters through a personal response journal.
8th Social Studies & History 5 Views 9 Downloads
Lesson Planning For The Social Studies Classroom
Pupils engage in a lesson plan that is concerned with the concepts related to writing lesson plans for the elementary Social Studies class. They are introduced to the lesson planning template and create an initial lesson plan. Then students attempt to focus the plan around a set academic standard.
Higher Ed Social Studies & History 45 Views 30 Downloads
8th Grade Social Studies: Cumulative Scrapbook/Comic Book
While making a scrapbook or comic book may seem like a super fun project, kids will need to follow all the rules to get an A. Project focus, guidelines, and expectations are totally laid out. All the necessary project instructions, standards, and the rubric just need to be printed and passed out in class.
8th Social Studies & History 20 Views 59 Downloads
North Carolina Salt Dough Map Social Studies Project
For this lesson, North Carolina Salt Dough Map, 4th graders create a salt dough map of North Carolina, Students use dough to form the shape of the state of North Carolina. Students label the three regions of North Carolina and all of the major rivers, lakes, other important landmarks, and the surrounding states and the Atlantic Ocean.
4th Social Studies & History 10 Views 23 Downloads
Whitewater Canal State Historic Site
If you happen to live in Indiana, or a neighboring state, and are planning a field trip to the Whitewater Canal State Historic Site, then this lesson plan will suit your needs quite well. In it, suggestions for activities before, during, and after the visit are clearly spelled out for you.
3rd - 5th Social Studies & History 7 Views 7 Downloads
Real Life Challenge
Youngsters create a museum display. Using historically accurate designs, they are asked to design and build a museum display for a local museum (pretend letter). Then research, and build a display to submit for viewing at the 'museum'. This project can be adapted to many different scenarios.
4th - 6th Social Studies & History 3 Views 16 Downloads