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Morris, Ronald V. – Social Studies, 2019
Teacher practices created experiences for students to guide their inquiry by creating opportunities to gather data through field notes. Students examined their county and gathered data from the field on a daylong investigation of their county. Students generated questions and considered their observations at multiple stops. Students learned to…
Descriptors: Elementary School Students, Grade 4, Grade 5, Active Learning
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Whitlock, Annie McMahon; Brugar, Kristy A. – Social Studies, 2017
This article explores examples of student-initiated inquiries (in Grades 1 and 5) and the opportunities and challenges with engaging in them. To explore these student-initiated inquiries, we use the "C3 Framework" Inquiry Arc (National Council for the Social Studies, 2013) and Harvey and Daniels's (2009) Small-Group Inquiry Model to…
Descriptors: Elementary School Curriculum, Grade 1, Grade 5, Inquiry
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Sell, Corey Ranshaw; Griffin, Krista – Social Studies, 2017
Given the current marginalization of the social studies within elementary classrooms it is vital that elementary educators seek integrative techniques that promote the social studies. This article explores one such example of integration taught by the authors within an elementary classroom. The three-day lesson taught to fifth-grade students aimed…
Descriptors: Social Studies, Teaching Methods, Elementary School Students, Grade 5
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Moore, Virginia; Sumrall, William; Mott, Michael; Mitchell, Elizabeth; Theobald, Becky – Social Studies, 2015
Methods for facilitating students' standards-based consumer literacy are addressed via the use of problem solving with food and product labels. Fifth graders will be able to: (1) provide detailed analysis of food and product labels; (2) understand large themes, including production, distribution, and consumption; and (3) explore consumer…
Descriptors: Literacy, Consumer Economics, Problem Solving, Food
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Whitlock, Annie McMahon – Social Studies, 2015
The College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Framework from the National Council for Social Studies (NCSS) features an inquiry approach to teaching K-12 social studies in which social studies standards are organized into an "inquiry arc." Inquiry in elementary economics is often underused in practice (Laney 2001). This study describes how a…
Descriptors: Social Studies, Inquiry, Active Learning, Economics Education
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Serriere, Stephanie C. – Social Studies, 2014
Drawing on a three-year multimethod study of civic engagement within "Dewey Elementary," this article identifies the contextual supports of civic efficacy. In particular, it works to map the role of the teacher in supporting the civic action and efficacy of six fifth-grade girls who requested changes to the school's existing lunch plan.…
Descriptors: Social Studies, Teacher Role, Self Efficacy, Elementary School Students
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Levstik, Linda S.; Henderson, A. Gwynn; Lee, Youngdo – Social Studies, 2014
Elementary students are often hampered by a tendency to ascribe innovation to increasing human intelligence or individual agency rather than increased information, better access to information, or collective and institutional agency. As a result, they struggle to build evidence-based interpretations of the distant past. A fifth-grade…
Descriptors: Elementary School Students, Grade 5, Archaeology, Culture
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Halvorsen, Anne-Lise; Kesler Lund, Alisa – Social Studies, 2013
This article examines the experiences of a group of fifth-grade teachers who used lesson study, a teacher-driven form of professional development, to teach history in a project supported by a Teaching American History Grant. The project addressed the following questions: What does a lesson study cycle for history education look like? What…
Descriptors: Social Studies, Grade 5, Elementary School Teachers, Faculty Development
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Johnson, Theresa L. – Social Studies, 2012
High-stakes standardized tests in reading and limited instructional time are two powerful disincentives for teaching economics in the elementary classroom. In this article, integrating instruction in poetry and economic decision-making is presented as one way to maximize the use of scarce instructional time. Following a brief introduction to the…
Descriptors: Economics Education, Teaching Methods, Poetry, High Stakes Tests
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Kinniburgh, Leah H.; Byrd, Kelly – Social Studies, 2008
Because of the pressure to increase test scores in reading and mathematics, content areas such as social studies are being eliminated from many elementary schools' curricula. It is critical that teachers find ways to integrate social studies into reading and mathematics. Social studies and mathematics may not immediately come to mind when…
Descriptors: Childrens Literature, Curriculum Development, State Standards, Educational Change
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Reagan, Rebecca – Social Studies, 2008
In this article, the author describes her use of direct instruction to introduce the skill of determining source reliability in a fifth-grade unit on immigration in American history. She structures instruction to help students establish a thinking-skill strategy that results in not only an understanding of immigration in the late 1800s to early…
Descriptors: United States History, Grade 5, Immigration, Direct Instruction
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Rosler, Brenda – Social Studies, 2008
The purpose of this study was to describe a group of fifth grade students as they engaged in process drama during their social studies class. The author found that students who engaged in process drama learned to combine texts to understand and create new texts. As they became engaged in the material, students collaborated with each other and…
Descriptors: Drama, Textbooks, Grade 5, Social Studies
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Bolgatz, Jane – Social Studies, 2005
"American history," writer James Baldwin told a group of teachers in 1963, "is longer, larger, more various, more beautiful, and more terrible than anything anyone has ever said about it" (1963/1996, 227). Children, Baldwin argued, have "the right and necessity to examine everything." In particular, they need to…
Descriptors: Elementary School Teachers, Race, Social Studies, Elementary School Students
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O'Brien, Joseph; Kohlmeier, Jada – Social Studies, 2003
National standards in social studies, history, civics/government, and geography stress the importance of preparing young people to become active citizens, yet pay little attention to civic leadership. Several only imply that one of a citizen's responsibilities is to assume leadership roles at the community, state, and national level. Only one…
Descriptors: Student Projects, Leadership, Citizenship Education, Civics
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Lacina, Jan; Watson, Patricia – Social Studies, 2003
Children find learning about history meaningful when teachers find ways to interest them in the subject. A social studies wax museum is one way to bring state or national historical characters to life. It opens up a new world for children and makes history more than a chapter in a textbook. In this article, the authors present the rationale for a…
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Museums, Social Studies, Literary Devices