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Active Citizenship Today (ACT) is a "unique social studies service learning program" that requires students to learn about the public policy associated with community issues they identify in their local community. This web site provides a step-by-step guide to implementing ACT with your students. The process involves selecting a local problem they want to address, researching the problem more thoroughly, conducting research on the related public policy, designing and implementing the project, and reflecting on and evaluating the process. This resource is excellent for those who decide to pursue such a valuable undertaking.
Students search for examples of social science in and around their school. They create a Social Science scrapbook of the eight social sciences, that includes news articles and summaries that focus on each social science area.
Help middle schoolers conduct Internet research and develop a working definition for the discipline of social studies. From a list of websites, they develop classification skills and differentiate between primary and secondary sources. Following a visit to the American Museum of Natural History, they work in groups to create dioramas based on their observations.
Encourage advocacy and involvement in public policy. The lesson described here lays out a detailed plan for creating strong democratic citizens. Class members discuss the different types of citizens, complete two graphic organizers about big ideas, study a map to try to determine how they could include more green spaces, and either write a letter to an authority about their proposed solution or put together a presentation about their proposed policy change. Close the lesson with one of three options included. A strong lesson with all materials included in the file.
Students examine family life. In this family life lesson, students discover that all families are special. Students discuss how families are different from families in the past. Students create a glyph and discuss the meanings of the different colors of beads.
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. Great for student teachers. Note: Links are included.
Every class enjoys reading new books at the beginning of a unit. Use this resource to identify a variety of books for kindergarten to third grade that can be used to complement social studies standards. The books can kindle learners' interest. This is great resource that includes activity suggestions.
There are great social studies lesson plans that can help students make historical connections to science.
Students identify possible social studies themes that can come from the video, "Voyage of Discovery". They list the five themes of geography. They develop elementary-level interdisciplinary unit plans for social study content. They identify elementary level social studies themes.
Students engage in a lesson that is concerned with the development of skills needed for the teaching of Social Studies. They conduct research using a variety of resources. The information is used to solidify the importance of professionalism needed in the realm of teaching.
Here are some top social studies lesson plans and activities which present concepts in a memorable fashion.
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.
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. While this resource is designed for student teachers, it still has great ideas for veteran teachers as well.
Engage your class in a lesson that is concerned with the development of skills in the realm of teaching strategies needed for Social Studies. They will participate in delivering content using several strategies that are demonstrated by the teacher. There are many fabulous strategies that can be used with other lessons.
Students complete the Know and Want to Know columns of a K-W-L worksheet about elementary aged children. They develop instructional methods for use in elementary social studies classroom that would increase content knowledge. They modify game strategies for use in reviewing social studies content.
Students explore numerous instructional materials that may be used in an elementary social studies classroom. After analyzing each type of material, they discuss and make informed decisions concerning the quality and use of the material. Finally, students design learning centers for elementary social studies classrooms.
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.
Students engage in a lesson 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. Then students attempt to focus the plan around a set academic standard.
Students identify activities that promote social studies education and enjoy an international food tasting session. On food item sheets, they write the origins of the various food items. On a laminated world map, each cook circles the country where their recipe originated. Students discuss when holding such activities might be appropriate and what factors must be considered.
For this social studies worksheet, 3rd graders complete multiple choice questions about laws, government, states, and more. Students complete 25 questions.