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Gandy, S. Kay – Social Education, 2007
The fascination with buried treasures and lost civilizations transcends all ages and serves as an effective magnet for drawing students toward the study of archaeology. Connecting students to the past gives them a better understanding of their own present and future. In this article, the author describes how the scientific method of investigation…
Descriptors: Scientific Methodology, Archaeology, Skill Development, Teaching Methods
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Shafer, Francie Keller; Stearns, Louise; Kallo, Joe – Social Education, 2006
As elementary social science methods instructors, the authors observed a need in their student population for instructional methods that would engage students in the content, process, and values of geography instruction. Their initial purpose was to create an instructional model that pre-service teachers could adapt and use in their future…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Tales, Elementary Education, Geography
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Chasnoff, Debra – Social Education, 2005
The truth is that today, millions of children have a parent, uncle, aunt, cousin, sibling or grandparent who is gay. Thousands of dedicated teachers, school administrators and coaches are gays or lesbians. What kind of message is being sent to youth when people say that their loved ones and trusted mentors are not safe for children to meet on TV?…
Descriptors: Homosexuality, Family (Sociological Unit), Programming (Broadcast), Public Television
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Social Education, 2005
Designed for Grades 3-5, this lesson plan aims to let the students learn how the Constitution of the United States provided the framework for the country's democratic form of government. Students will learn how the Constitution provided for representation within the government. A short story about the Boston Tea Party gives the background related…
Descriptors: Democracy, Elementary Education, Lesson Plans, Teaching Methods
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Merryfield, Merry M. – Social Education, 2004
In today's culturally diverse and interconnected world, elementary teachers have a primary responsibility for opening students' eyes to the world and its peoples. Without understanding diverse cultures locally and globally, young people cannot make sense of issues and events that affect their lives nor can they make informed economic, political,…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Social Studies, Elementary Education, Cultural Education
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Mehaffy, George L. – Social Education, 1984
Oral history is a valuable teaching technique to use with elementary students because it provides a sense of self-identity; nurtures a concept of neighborhood; develops research and writing skills; and encourages a sense of curiosity, wonder, and excitement about history. Suggestions for beginning an elementary oral history project are presented.…
Descriptors: Elementary Education, History Instruction, Oral History, Primary Sources
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Hatcher, Barbara; Olson, Mary – Social Education, 1984
Elementary teachers can increase public awareness of the value of social studies by having students conduct a sidewalk fair in a local shopping mall. One exemplary fair used the "Revolutionary Times" in American history theme; students read stories, showed filmstrips, and sang songs. Considerations for implementing a fair are discussed. (RM)
Descriptors: Elementary Education, Exhibits, Public Relations, Public Support
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Hutt, Jean – Social Education, 1985
A social studies department chairperson describes the case concerning the importance of elementary social studies education that she presented at a school board hearing. As a result of her presentation, the board added 50 minutes to the daily time allotted for intermediate grade social studies instruction. (RM)
Descriptors: Board of Education Policy, Boards of Education, Case Studies, Educational Needs
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Social Education, 1985
This selective listing of books for children in grades K-8 is organized by the following categories: American history, culture, and life; world history and culture; biographies and autobiographical accounts; folktales, myths and legends and storytelling; poetry and rhyme; contemporary interests and controversies; and understanding oneself and…
Descriptors: American Studies, Annotated Bibliographies, Autobiographies, Biographies
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Hickey, M. Gail – Social Education, 1997
Reviews a series of teaching activities that revolve around family photographs, letters, and artifacts. Outlines how these items can be used to teach recommended National Council for the Social Studies strands and provides classroom examples. Discusses developing a unit of study and includes a form for a Family Artifact Report. (MJP)
Descriptors: Academic Standards, Cultural Images, Elementary Education, Family History
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Hootstein, Edward W. – Social Education, 1995
Contends that student motivation is a major issue for all teachers but is of particular concern for middle school social studies teachers. Reports on an interview with 18 middle school teachers and 60 middle school students on the effectiveness of strategies designed to increase motivation. (CFR)
Descriptors: Active Learning, Classroom Techniques, Educational Strategies, Elementary Education
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Guyton, Edith – Social Education, 1991
Argues that cooperative learning is useful in elementary social studies instruction. Identifies positive interdependence, student interaction, individual accountability for mastering material, and appropriate interpersonal and small group skills as essential elements of cooperative learning. Suggests that cooperative learning can help teach social…
Descriptors: Accountability, Cooperative Learning, Decision Making Skills, Educational Objectives
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Alleman, Janet; Brophy, Jere – Social Education, 1993
Argues that curriculum integration may lead to a diminution of social studies content. Contends that classroom activities done in the name of curriculum integration often have no educational value. Provides five guidelines to determine whether an instructional activity is appropriate for curriculum integration. (CFR)
Descriptors: Class Activities, Curriculum Development, Educational Objectives, Efficiency
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Harms, Jeanne McLain; Lettow, Lucille J. – Social Education, 1994
Asserts that picture books with historical settings can extend children's understanding of life in the past and greatly enrich the elementary social studies program. Discusses criteria for selecting appropriate fiction picture books. Presents a bibliographical essay of recommended books and includes the list. (CFR)
Descriptors: Childrens Literature, Cultural Pluralism, Educational Objectives, Educational Strategies
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Denton, Karen L.; Muir, Sharon Pray – Social Education, 1994
Asserts that, since the civil rights movement of the 1960s, social studies textbooks have changed to reflect a multicultural perspective. Encourages primary-level teachers to supplement instruction with visual aids that represent ethnic groups in positive ways. (CFR)
Descriptors: Blacks, Cultural Pluralism, Educational Strategies, Elementary Education
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