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Palmer, Jesse – Social Studies, 2001
Describes three types of conflict: (1) conflict over resources; (2) conflict of needs; and (3) conflict of values. Discusses strategies for conflict resolution appropriate for K-4 students. Addresses ways for combating conflict, such as developing active listening techniques, decision-making skills, self-assessments, and using children's…
Descriptors: Childrens Literature, Conflict, Conflict Resolution, Decision Making Skills
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Shin, Eui-Kyung – Social Studies, 2001
Believes that students should learn about cultural similarities as opposed to differences to help them understand the connections among the cultures of the world. Provides practical suggestions for meaningful learning experiences focusing on cultural similarities using children's literature, proverbs, a venn diagram, and real-life examples. (CMK)
Descriptors: Childrens Literature, Cultural Awareness, Cultural Differences, Cultural Pluralism
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Riecken, Ted J.; Miller, Michelle R. – Social Studies, 1990
Critiques current models of problem solving for children, maintaining that there is a chasm between the experiences of real-life problem solving and the idealized frameworks that are presented to children. Suggests the use of children's literature as a means to teaching problem solving. Includes suggested readings, and a list of questions for…
Descriptors: Childrens Literature, Class Activities, Critical Thinking, Decision Making Skills
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James, Michael; Zarrillo, James – Social Studies, 1989
Presents an interdisciplinary approach to teaching history at the elementary level. Suggests that a concept-based approach could expand the role of children's literature in the elementary classroom and bring history to the center of the curriculum. Lists five points to consider when selecting literature for a history unit. (KO)
Descriptors: Childrens Literature, Curriculum Design, Elementary Education, History Instruction
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Zarnowski, Myra – Social Studies, 1988
Examines the use of biographies in teaching elementary students about contemporary women. Discusses sources of appropriate works and provides teaching suggestions for use with elementary school children. (GEA)
Descriptors: Biographies, Childrens Literature, Elementary Education, Instructional Improvement
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Petitt, Elizabeth; Ochoa, Anna S. – Social Studies, 1991
Identifies writing projects, children's literature, role-playing activities, and community resources that teachers can use in instructing young children about the Bill of Rights. Reminds teachers not to be overzealous in presenting the subject. Suggests that guest speakers and field trips are likely to have a greater impact upon students than most…
Descriptors: Childrens Literature, Citizenship Education, Community Resources, Constitutional Law
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Hicks, Karen; Austin, Jordan – Social Studies, 1994
Describes an instructional unit in which students developed a series of mock trials based on legal issues in popular fairy tales. Asserts that meaningful learning takes place when children's activities in schools involve real-life experiences. Provides a list of 19 legal issues found in fairy tales. (CFR)
Descriptors: Childrens Literature, Citizenship Education, Content Area Reading, Cooperative Learning
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Stafford, Jan – Social Studies, 1993
Asserts that most teachers would like to teach about religion, especially in history, but hesitate because they are uncertain about what they can teach legally. Recommends using children's literature to point out how religions affect the way families throughout the world live in their homes and communities. (CFR)
Descriptors: Childrens Literature, Class Activities, Content Area Reading, Elementary Education
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Imeson, Jaeanne; Skamp, Keith R. – Social Studies, 1995
Maintains that environmental education in New South Wales is supported as an interdisciplinary priority area. Describes an environmental education/social studies unit using children's literature. Describes six lessons and presents samples of student writing in response to assignments. (CFR)
Descriptors: Childrens Literature, Classroom Techniques, Colonialism, Cross Cultural Studies
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McGowan, Tom; Guzzetti, Barbara – Social Studies, 1991
Recommends including tradebooks in social studies. Suggests ways teachers can utilize literature in social studies instruction. Points out that targeting relevant social studies content in literature can deepen and enrich the learning experience. Argues using literature helps develop critical thinking, promotes citizenship preparation, and helps…
Descriptors: Childrens Literature, Citizenship Education, Concept Teaching, Creative Teaching
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Bainbridge, Joyce M.; Pantaleo, Sylvia; Ellis, Monica – Social Studies, 1999
Conveys that multicultural children's literature can support and encourage tolerance and understanding among children. Presents information about multiculturalism in Canada and gives criteria to help teachers select multicultural literature. Suggests a number of picture books that may be used to encourage positive attitudes toward difference at…
Descriptors: Childrens Literature, Cultural Differences, Cultural Pluralism, Diversity (Student)