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Dhand, Harry – Canadian Social Studies, 1994
Contends that imagination and creativity go hand in hand and that creativity can and must be cultivated among students at all levels of education. Presents a classroom approach where students are the experts on a variety of global issues and projects. Includes 7 tables illustrating the approach and 21 descriptions of student roles. (CFR)
Descriptors: Classroom Techniques, Community Resources, Creativity, Curriculum Development
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Pickard, Felicity; And Others – Canadian Social Studies, 1994
Presents a classroom game that serves as an introduction to mapping for first-grade students. Includes beginner and advanced levels. Outlines rules, student objectives, and an exemplar map. (CFR)
Descriptors: Educational Games, Educational Strategies, Elementary Education, Geography
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Myers, John J.; And Others – Canadian Social Studies, 1991
Offers several strategies for implementing cooperative learning in the classroom. Suggests sample exercises including (1) a scavenger hunt; (2) a reaction wheel; (3) cooperative brainstorming and classification; (4) a "pair of pairs" exercise; and (5) a three-step interview. Explains that the examples are starting points that have been used in…
Descriptors: Brainstorming, Classification, Cooperative Learning, Elementary Secondary Education
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Stevens, Jacqueline; And Others – Canadian Social Studies, 1992
Describes learning activities and teaching methods for history and social studies classes in use at different schools. Includes contests, games, field trips, role playing, and student research and writing. Explains that the activities deal with racism, tolerance, self-esteem, and the role of decision making in history. (DK)
Descriptors: Cultural Awareness, Decision Making, Elementary Secondary Education, Learning Activities
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Crain, Cheryl J. – Canadian Social Studies, 1995
Describes a social studies cultural exchange program between a public school and a Canadian native school in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Outlines how the students became mutual inquirers into one another's cultures. Explores the activities and reports on the interactions among students, teachers, and parents. (CFR)
Descriptors: Canada Natives, Cultural Differences, Cultural Enrichment, Cultural Exchange
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Blanchette, Amy; And Others – Canadian Social Studies, 1995
Describes a classroom project in which elementary students bake homemade bread to learn about the settlement period in Canadian history and the early history of the students' community. Maintains that students learn to compare the lifestyle of the past with the present. (CFR)
Descriptors: Active Learning, Class Activities, Classroom Techniques, Educational Objectives
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McKay, Roberta – Canadian Social Studies, 1996
Reiterates the appropriateness and validity of using student journals in social studies instruction. Differentiates between personal and content area journals, the latter focusing on responses to issues raised in the classroom and readings. Maintains that journal writing increases critical and metacognitive thinking. (MJP)
Descriptors: Critical Thinking, Evaluation, Foreign Countries, Higher Education
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Wright, Ian – Canadian Social Studies, 1996
Considers the ubiquitous use of textbooks in social studies classrooms and recommends constructing critical-thinking exercises revealing textual bias. Suggested exercises concern issues of emotional or ambiguous language, geographic and cultural inclusion/exclusion, and accuracy of data. Includes several examples of critical-thinking activities.…
Descriptors: Content Analysis, Critical Thinking, Foreign Countries, Instructional Improvement
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Tersigni, Joseph – Canadian Social Studies, 1991
Explains that Canadian general education is intended to prepare students for community college, whereas advanced education is meant to ready them for university study. Offers 25 strategies for teaching on the general level. Argues that the tips can improve the teacher student relationship and make any subject more interesting and enjoyable for…
Descriptors: Developmental Studies Programs, Foreign Countries, Learning Activities, Secondary Education
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Westlake, John – Canadian Social Studies, 1991
Offers a group exercise for teaching students how to achieve consensus concerning rank order. Explains that students are assigned to rank the incidence of animals biting their own species in New York City. Reports that the teacher chooses a group member to explain the group's ranking. Identifies evaluation methods for the exercise. (SG)
Descriptors: Cooperative Learning, Elementary Secondary Education, Investigations, Learning Activities
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McKay, Roberta – Canadian Social Studies, 1996
Advocates adapting the structural and pedagogical principles of whole language learning to social studies instruction. Specifically recommends focusing on the meaning of citizenship instead of its component parts, allowing students to make choices, and connecting citizenship education to developmental growth. Briefly discusses approaches to avoid.…
Descriptors: Citizenship Education, Citizenship Responsibility, Civics, Elementary Secondary Education
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Kelleher, R. R.; Cramm, F. – Canadian Social Studies, 1996
Describes an instructional methodology course where preservice social studies teachers prepared various lesson plans on the same unit of study. Their presentations were then videotaped and evaluated by the instructor, their peers, and themselves. Journal writing assignments complemented the course work and excerpts from these are included. (MJP)
Descriptors: Instructional Effectiveness, Instructional Improvement, Peer Evaluation, Preservice Teacher Education
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Shields, Patricia – Canadian Social Studies, 1996
Describes student projects and simulations designed to enrich social studies instruction. Students collected primary and secondary sources for a media kit on Russian economic development. Another group constructed a time line for a Canadian historical figure. Includes tips for designing and facilitating successful projects. (MJP)
Descriptors: Cooperative Learning, Elementary Secondary Education, Experiential Learning, Foreign Countries
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McKay, Roberta – Canadian Social Studies, 1997
Recommends using "Readers' Theater" as an interdisciplinary approach to social studies. Maintains that the format lends itself to the examination of social issues and current events while it provides opportunities for a variety of learning styles. Briefly discusses Jan Truss' book, "A Very Small Rebellion." (MJP)
Descriptors: Creative Teaching, Curriculum Enrichment, Drama, Elementary Secondary Education
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McKay, Roberta – Canadian Social Studies, 1997
Identifies "dummy runs" as those educational approaches and exercises that are unrelated to any real-life experience or goal. For example, writing a model business letter to a fictitious business. Maintains that social studies educators should avoid this approach and emphasize "real world" relevance and citizenship education.…
Descriptors: Active Learning, Educational Objectives, Educational Practices, Elementary Secondary Education
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