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Service Learning in the Social Studies
Active Citizenship Today (ACT) is a "unique social studies service learning program" that requires young scholars 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.
Social Studies Wonders: An Exploration
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.
Social Studies Alive! My Family and School
Students examine family life. In this family life lesson plan, 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.
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. Great for student teachers. Note: Links are included.
Great Picture Books to Teach Social Studies for Grade K-3
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.
Social Studies Lesson Plans With Science Connections
There are great social studies lesson plans that can help students make historical connections to science.
Teaching Elementary School Social Studies
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.
Becoming a Professional Social Studies Leader
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.
The Social Sciences
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.
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.
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. While this resource is designed for student teachers, it still has great ideas for veteran teachers as well.
Third Grade Social Studies
In this social studies worksheet, 3rd graders complete multiple choice questions on the Pilgrims, government, economics, and more. Students complete 25 questions.
Teaching Strategies for the Social Studies Classroom
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.
Third Grade Social Studies
In this social studies worksheet, 3rd graders complete multiple choice questions about laws, government, states, and more. Students complete 25 questions.
Third Grade Social Studies
In this social studies worksheet, 3rd graders answer multiple choice questions about crops, supply and demand, bartering, and more. Students complete 15 questions.
Fifth Grade Social Studies
In this social studies worksheet, 5th graders answer multiple choice questions about World War II, the transcontinental railroad, slavery, and more. Students complete 25 questions.
Introduction to Community Helpers
Students examine different types of community helpers. For this introduction to community helpers lesson, students discuss stories and view a PowerPoint presentation of students working as community helpers and defining the jobs.
My Top Interdisciplinary Social Studies Lesson Plans
Here are some top social studies lesson plans and activities which present concepts in a memorable fashion.
Freedoms We Enjoy
Learners compare lifestyles of the United States to another foreign country. In this social studies lesson, students use the information they previously researched on the Internet and publish a PowerPoint presentation to illustrate their findings.
Table Top Communities
Learners explore communities. In this community social studies instructional activity, students compare and contrast urban, suburban, and rural communities. Learners listen to fiction and non-fiction books, complete Venn Diagrams, and complete worksheets. Students construct tabletop communities using milk cartons and other household items.