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Students utilize simulation methods and other teaching strategies within elementary-level social studies classrooms. They identify methods of delivering social studies content that enables learners with special needs to learn from and fully participate in the classroom experience.
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.
Sixth graders explore plagues in the middle ages. In this social studies lesson, 6th graders examine the impact of deadly plagues on past societies and how the governments were forced to make drastic changes in response to the plagues
Students describe and evaluate adjunct educational materials for their usefulness in social studies classrooms. They identify means of randomly pairing students using social studies content and develop social studies-themed unit plans for elementary-level students.
Students examine the relationship between advertising and purchasing. In this consumer education and social studies instructional activity, students compare apples wrapped in an attractive package to "plain" apples. Students generate reasons that advertising helps sell products. The amount of waste created by packaging is also discussed.
Students investigate the concepts related to instructing students using Flat Stanley in the Social Studies classroom. They examine the different instructional materials and are shown how to present the material to class. The focus is upon the use of the adjunct materials.
Students practice locomotor skills. In this physical education instructional activity, students practice eight different skills - walk, run, leap, jump, hop, gallop, slide, and skip. They answer a social studies question and then complete the skill.
Students synthesize science information on fibers, social studies background on colonial times, and language skills to write a book that provides concrete information and models an authentic purpose for writing.
Fifth graders investigate the significant people, events, and developments in the early history of the United States. They examine a timeline in their social studies textbook and discuss how a timeline works. In pairs they create a timeline about Thanksgiving.
Fourth graders explore the underground railroad and slavery. In this social studies lesson, 4th graders read stories about the underground railroad and complete a webquest. Students read Sweet Clara's Freedom Quilt and create a quilt.
Fifth graders investigate an introduction to both Invention Convention and Unit 3 in the Social Studies Book, the teacher will point out that many changes occurred in the United States during the late 1800s and early 1900s.Â¿Â¿Â¿ Inventions had a great impact on many people's lives during that time and on throughout the 20th century.
Students participate in a project which incorporates science with reading, writing, social studies, and technology. Through several activities over a 15 day period, they explore the computer, digital camera, computer software programs and many ordinary machines used in our daily life.
Students create their own website to illustrate a theme form history. In this history and technology lesson, students create a home page or website for a recent history or social studies lesson. Students work in teams to complete the activity.
Third graders describe factors that cause conflict. In this social studies lesson students identify the causes of conflict as well as contributions to cooperation among groups. The students recognize that Montana Indigenous tribes make decisions based upon cultures, traditions, and language.
Kids take a quiz on the concepts that define community and culture. They answer 10 multiple choice questions regarding family traditions, immigration, Hispanic culture, and community.
Students work to develop comprehension strategies. They focus on three rules for summarizing: getting rid of extra information, organizing, and finding the main idea. Through modeling and then guided practice, they apply these rules to summarize several passages in their science or social studies books.
Students brainstorm a list of the different types of maps they have seen or used. Using the activity sheet, they look through a social studies book to find all the maps and to determine what they are used for. Using a poster, they review the different things that maps can show.
In this create a map activity, students create a map of Snowman Town in the space using the major points of interest. Students name and label everything on their map.
Students develop their map skills. In this geography instructional activity, students participate in an activity that requires them to survey their social studies book in order to find different types of maps and purposes for their uses.