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O'Brien, Joe; Peavey, Scott; Fuller, Molly – Social Studies, 2016
Learning about people from long ago and far away poses a challenge for students because such people seem so distant and different. The lack of easily comprehensible text-based primary sources compounds this problem. Using a built environment as a primary source makes people from the distant past more accessible, concrete and exciting. Broadly…
Descriptors: Buildings, World History, Physical Environment, Middle School Students
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Smith, Karli; Kulinna, Pamela Hodges; Vissicaro, Pegge; Fredrickson, Lynda – Social Studies, 2016
The integration of dance into K-12 curriculum can help students to learn better, encouraging deeper exploration and active engagement with content knowledge. The purpose of this intervention study was to determine how the integration of dance and social studies with an anthropological framework affects student learning of content knowledge in…
Descriptors: Anthropology, Dance, Integrated Curriculum, Social Studies
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Gallavan, Nancy P.; Webster-Smith, Angela; Dean, Sheila S. – Social Studies, 2012
Sixth-grade students are challenged in understanding social studies content relevant to particular contexts, then connecting the content and context to their contemporary lives while communicating new knowledge to peers and teachers. Using political cartoons published after September 11, 2001, one sixth-grade social studies teacher designed…
Descriptors: Cartoons, Literacy, Social Studies, Grade 6
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Viator, Martha Graham – Social Studies, 2012
The social studies classroom can and should be a place where students learn critical thinking skills, but too often, especially in the middle grades, students are asked to focus on discrete facts on which they can be tested. The purpose of this article is to suggest that sixth graders can learn the critical thinking skills of "historical…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Critical Thinking, Grade 6, Thinking Skills
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Burstein, Joyce H. – Social Studies, 2009
Concerned with combining theory with practice, the author, a teacher educator, wrote a grant to combine teaching university social studies methods and teaching sixth-grade social studies in an urban professional development site (PDS). By combining both roles, she created a recursive process of theory, observation, analysis, coteaching, and…
Descriptors: Preservice Teacher Education, Preservice Teachers, Teaching Load, Teacher Educators
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Carano, Kenneth T. – Social Studies, 2009
In recent studies, youths in the United States have demonstrated a remarkable lack of cultural literacy. As the world is becoming increasingly interconnected, it is imperative that students enhance their understanding of other cultures. A classroom correspondence match with a Peace Corps volunteer through the Coverdell Peace Corps World Wise…
Descriptors: Cultural Awareness, Letters (Correspondence), Volunteers, Public Agencies
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Wooden, John A. – Social Studies, 2008
Research in historical cognition and learning suggests that study and practice of the reading and thinking habits of professional historians--such as the attribution, assessment, and contextualization of primary sources--are necessary for children and adolescents to understand historical events and ideas (Stearns, Seixas, and Wineburg 2000;…
Descriptors: Primary Sources, Grade 6, United States History, Presidents
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Nagel, Paul B.; Earl, Richard A. – Social Studies, 2003
In this article, the authors show how oceanography can enlighten and energize the teaching of middle- and high-school social studies on a grade-by-grade basis, and they describe "hooks" from oceanography that will heighten students' interest in various social studies topics. They base the article on their own experiences--as a…
Descriptors: State Standards, Oceanography, Geography, Geography Instruction
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Nussbaum, E. Michael – Social Studies, 2002
The ability to generate and assess formal arguments is essential if one is to participate effectively in civic and professional life. Developing students' argumentation skills is an important component of developing their capacity for higher-order thinking and their ability to use that skill to understand social issues. Too often, however, social…
Descriptors: Social Studies, Persuasive Discourse, Scaffolding (Teaching Technique), Elementary School Students