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Students report on the activism of corporate philanthropists. In this service learning lesson, students research companies that operate as philanthropists and identify their recipients.
Childhood Development and the Social Studies
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.
Teaching Elementary School Social Studies
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.
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.
Lesson Planning For The Social Studies Classroom
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.
Social Studies: International Food Fair
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.
Fifth Grade Social Studies
In this social studies worksheet, 5th graders answer multiple choice questions about Abraham Lincoln, the Civil War, and African Americans. Students complete 4 questions.
Solar Energy in New York
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.
Community Social Studies Unit
Third graders explore the concept of communities. For this community lesson, 3rd graders discover the meanings of community and opportunity. Students work in collaborative groups to create sentences using these terms.
North Carolina Salt Dough Map Social Studies Project
In this lesson plan, 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 plan is a great extension to a unit on North Carolina and its regions.
Fourth Grade Social Studies
In this social studies worksheet, 4th graders complete multiple choice questions about the climate, landforms, regions, government, and more. Students complete 25 multiple choice questions.
Fourth Grade Social Studies
In this social studies worksheet, 4th graders answer multiple choice questions about George Washington, early America, natural resources, and more. Students complete 8 questions.
Fourth Grade Social Studies
In this social studies worksheet, 4th graders complete multiple choice questions about the Constitution, natural resources, economics, and more. Students complete 25 multiple choice questions.
Creating Historians Part Two: The Grab Bag
You don't need to be a museum curator to bring artifacts into the classroom; part two of a series on approaching social studies as a group of historians.
Water Resources and the Role of the Independent Sector
Students explore how water conservation is influenced by the four sectors of economy. For 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.
Not the Only fish in the Sea
Eleventh graders explore the roles of civic participants. For this Social Studies lesson, 11th graders discover the level of what he/she has access to and/or possess. Students create pie charts on their goals.
The Role of Philanthropy in an Ever Changing World: Where Did it all Start? Time-lines of History
Young scholars create timeline to trace the history and development of the selected organization, and compare the history of the selected organization to actual historical events.
Picture-Go-Round: Philanthropy Lesson
Learners play a game. In this cooperation lesson, students are introduced to a game where they each take turns drawing a piece of a picture. They discuss how we can do different things when we work together and what the terms group, cooperation and contribution mean.
How Geography Affects the Economy: St. Lucia
Eleventh graders examine how the geography of St. Lucia affects its economy. They draw a mental image of St. Lucia and its location in relation to other places. They examine images of the island and read about its banana crops before discussing the article as a class. Using the attached T-chart and images they determine the true picture of the island geography and it's economy.
A Great Place To Live
Third graders explore U.S. geography by creating a written document in class. For this travel brochure lesson, 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.