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Pupils 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 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.
Middle schoolers examine a variety of information for New York State including insolation data, and economic or political data, thus incorporating both science and social studies. Encouraging learners to become concerned citizens as they enter the adult world, they get to consider whether or not increasing the amount of surface area devoted to photovoltaic system is a wise investment.
In this social studies worksheet, students are directed to a Web site to read about famous people. Students choose 2 people and use a Venn diagram to compare and contrast. Students then investigate the difference between being "famous" and being "great" as they contrast 2 other people. Finally students set goals which will help them be more like an admirable person of eminence.
Students explore how water conservation is influenced by the four sectors of economy. In this social studies economics lesson, students brainstorm problems and solutions related to water conservation. Collages are created to represent how government, industry and business, non-profit organizations, and family units affect water use.
Third graders explore U.S. geography by creating a written document in class. In this travel brochure lesson plan, 3rd graders identify interesting locations within a specific state and discuss in which city they would prefer to live. Students utilize a map to visualize their location and create a travel brochure to share their research with the class.
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. This lesson is a great extension to a unit on North Carolina and its regions.