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Shifflet, Rena; Hunt, Carolyn S. – Social Studies, 2019
The absence of social studies curriculum is a problem because it undermines the essential purposes of schooling: to prepare participatory, contributing members of a democratic society. In this article, we argue that integrating the literacy and social studies curricula is one meaningful way to support such civic-minded social studies instruction…
Descriptors: Interdisciplinary Approach, Social Studies, Preservice Teacher Education, Literacy Education
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Huck, Adam – Social Studies, 2019
While the primary focus of the Common Core Learning Standards is in improving literacy and math, elements of Social Studies topics and skills are emphasized. Primary source analysis and understanding multiple perspectives are just two examples. This article is grounded in a qualitative analysis of integrated instruction in two elementary…
Descriptors: Elementary Education, Social Studies, Common Core State Standards, Integrated Curriculum
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Libresco, Andrea S. – Social Studies, 2006
From the emphasis on lower-level test-prep materials to the disappearance of the subject altogether, elementary social studies is, in the best case scenario, being tested and, thus, taught with a heavy emphasis on recall; and, in the worst-case scenario, not being taught at all. In this article, the author responds to Jeff Passe's views on…
Descriptors: Social Studies, Elementary Education, Interdisciplinary Approach, Elementary School Teachers
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Dever, Martha T.; Whitaker, Martha L.; Byrnes, Deborah A. – Social Studies, 2001
Explores how to teach religion in the social studies classroom in public schools. Asserts that religion should be taught to educate children about beliefs that differ from their own and about the role of religion in U.S. society. Provides suggestions for teaching about religion to students in kindergarten through sixth grade. (CMK)
Descriptors: American Indians, Citizenship Education, Cooperative Learning, Current Events
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Fritzer, Penelope; Ploger, Don – Social Studies, 2001
Discusses a social studies classroom unit for use with elementary students. Focuses on comparing the age of exploration and space age exploration. Provides background information on both explorations and compares the similarities and differences between the two. Includes suggestions and questions for using this interdisciplinary approach. (CMK)
Descriptors: Colonialism, Critical Thinking, Educational Strategies, Elementary Education
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Susskind, Jacob L. – Social Studies, 1984
Evidence that social studies is not taught (or taught well) on the elementary level is presented, reasons why it is not taught are offered, reasons why it should be taught are suggested, and proposals for what should be done to revive the health of elementary social studies instruction are made. (RM)
Descriptors: Citizenship Education, Educational Improvement, Educational Needs, Educational Objectives
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Klein, Susan – Social Studies, 1982
Describes a unit on Ancient Greece designed to make social studies meaningful to fourth and fifth graders. Individual projects and group activities helped students learn about ancient Greek culture. (AM)
Descriptors: Art Education, Elementary Education, Greek Civilization, Interdisciplinary Approach
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Levstik, Linda S. – Social Studies, 1983
Through the use of history resource folders containing literature and primary source materials, elementary teachers can involve children in historical issues. Discusses how to design and construct the resource folders and provides suggestions for themes, source materials, and learning activities. (RM)
Descriptors: Elementary Education, History Instruction, Interdisciplinary Approach, Learning Activities
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Conte, Anthony E.; McAulay, John D. – Social Studies, 1978
Maintains that a social studies program should be concerned with preparation of students for participation in a democratic society and suggests that an elementary school social studies program should deal with values, information dissemination, political processes, decision making, and socialization. (Author/DB)
Descriptors: Educational Needs, Elementary Education, Individual Instruction, Individualized Instruction
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Tovey, Duane R.; Weible, Thomas D. – Social Studies, 1979
Based on the premise that social studies programs must involve students in dynamic learning and language activities, the article discusses thought and language in social studies education and describes an Ohio State University Program which integrates social studies instruction and active learning-language experiences. (KC)
Descriptors: Cognitive Processes, Elementary Education, Experiential Learning, Higher Education
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Perez-Stable, Maria – Social Studies, 1997
Argues that the inclusion of ethnic folktales into a social studies unit can reinforce stereotypical assumptions unless it is balanced with accurate and insightful social and cultural instruction. Summarizes and discusses a number of Latino folktales and how they could be used as springboards for appropriate instruction. (MJP)
Descriptors: Childrens Literature, Cultural Education, Cultural Pluralism, Elementary Education
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Laney, James D.; Moseley, Patricia A. – Social Studies, 1994
Contends that the role of the arts in human education and development is essential. Describes an elementary curriculum project that integrates economics and art education to study visual images of U.S. business. Includes three descriptive figures, a table of subthemes and visual art images, and a sample lesson plan. (CFR)
Descriptors: Art Criticism, Art Education, Art History, Business
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vonEschenbach, John F.; Ragsdale, Cathy – Social Studies, 1989
Investigates the effects of an experiential classroom environment on children's learning through the integration of mathematics and social studies. Findings support the contention that children learn better by doing. Concludes that children are more attentive to their learning, achieve a deeper insight or meaning of the concepts, and are able to…
Descriptors: Classroom Environment, Classroom Research, Educational Research, Elementary Education
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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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Carroll, Rives – Social Studies, 1985
Describes a year-and-a-half-long history project that involved elementary students in exploring their community's past. Students took field trips, interviewed community persons, taped oral histories, painted murals, and produced a dramatic musical based on their community's history. (RM)
Descriptors: Art Education, Community Study, Course Descriptions, Elementary Education
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