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Allen, Amy – Social Studies and the Young Learner, 2019
Early in the semester, during a seemingly benign math lesson over money, one of the students in my second and third grade blended classroom halted the instruction to ask "Wait! Why are there no women on money? Is there any money with women on it?" Never one to miss an opportunity to get my students thinking critically, we took some time…
Descriptors: Females, United States History, Monetary Systems, Banking
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Varga, Bretton A.; Berson, Ilene R.; Berson, Michael J.; Snow, Bert – Social Studies and the Young Learner, 2019
Discerning the intent of the author of a historical document is critical as we seek to interpret it. Disciplinary literacy uses specialized skills that seek to maximize student engagement and achievement within specified subject areas. In social studies, one of these critical skills is "sourcing." Sourcing involves exploring who produced…
Descriptors: Photography, Visual Aids, Primary Sources, History Instruction
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Haight, Jesse A.; Boryenace, Vanessa C. – Social Studies and the Young Learner, 2019
A troubling observation is that--outside of Black History Month in February and Women's History Month in March, during which students are acquiring some knowledge about noteworthy women and minorities--teachers in every grade level often teach about the same figures rather than expanding their lessons to include less-conventional or…
Descriptors: Females, Biographies, Kindergarten, African American History
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McGriff, Mary; Clemons, Shalise – Social Studies and the Young Learner, 2019
The abilities to listen reflectively and speak respectfully concerning another person's opinion, as well as to think critically about that opinion and one's own, are essential to a functioning democracy. The teaching and learning of these abilities is well incorporated into the social studies and English language arts standards that are used to…
Descriptors: Group Discussion, Civics, Grade 5, Elementary School Students
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McCoy, Meredith; Pochedley, Lakota Pearl; Sabzalian, Leilani; Shear, Sarah B. – Social Studies and the Young Learner, 2019
When Shirley Chisholm (in 1972) and then Hillary Clinton (in 2008, and again in 2016) ran for president, there was great excitement. Indeed, electing the "first woman" to the Office of the President would be an important milestone. Yet, Indigenous women have long held positions of leadership, including the position of President,…
Descriptors: Social Studies, Teaching Methods, American Indians, Females
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Thacker, Emma S.; Stoddard, Jeremy D.; Van Hover, Stephanie – Social Studies and the Young Learner, 2019
From maps, graphs, and tables to photographs and political cartoons, social studies is replete with potentially rich visual images for students to analyze. Yet, elementary students often struggle to understand the information within such graphics. Many do not demonstrate data literacy, the "ability to comprehend, analyze, and interpret data…
Descriptors: Elementary School Students, Social Studies, Graphic Arts, Information Literacy
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Ellsworth, Tina M.; Stigall, Janelle; Walker, Amy – Social Studies and the Young Learner, 2019
In this article, we offer a rich description for how to highlight women's voices in history through storytelling while engaging students in historical thinking skills rooted in primary source documents.
Descriptors: Females, History, Story Telling, Thinking Skills
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Williams, Jing – Social Studies and the Young Learner, 2019
Can you name several well-known military personnel throughout U.S. history? When hearing this question, most people may begin reciting names like George Washington, Ulysses Grant, George Patten, or Norman Schwarzkopf Jr., who all happen to be men. When thinking about the U.S. military historically, we tend to imagine that it is a man's world.…
Descriptors: Females, Military Personnel, United States History, War
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McClure, Donald R.; Robinson, Kecia I. – Social Studies and the Young Learner, 2019
Sports can be a unique platform to teach third-grade students about women's history and civic values. This lesson addresses two social studies practices for the third grade in the New York State K-8 Social Studies Framework (Gathering, Interpreting, and Using Evidence; and Chronological Reasoning and Causation) and three themes from the National…
Descriptors: Womens Studies, Females, History, Athletics
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Whitford, Alyssa J. – Social Studies and the Young Learner, 2019
While guest teaching in a third-grade classroom as part of her doctoral studies, the author became interested in how students think about female pioneers and what it means to be first in a historical sense. This article explores the potential of interactive read-aloud books to teach women's history with young students.
Descriptors: Athletics, News Media, News Reporting, Females
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Haren, Kate Van – Social Studies and the Young Learner, 2019
On August 18, 2020, The United States will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment which gave women the vote. Belle La Follette played an important role in helping women gain the right to vote guaranteed in this amendment. She advocated for women in her home state of Wisconsin and across the country. This article…
Descriptors: United States History, Females, Civil Rights, Voting
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Lyon, Anna F.; Powell, Gregory – Social Studies and the Young Learner, 2018
A fire alarm interrupted Gregory Powell's class discussion of possible service-learning projects. The experience during the fire drill sparked a service-learning project to improve the safety of pedestrians--students and other members of the community--along streets bordering their public school. It was the beginning of a study not only about…
Descriptors: Service Learning, Traffic Safety, Public Schools, Community Change
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Jones, Ithel; Lake, Vickie E. – Social Studies and the Young Learner, 2018
Service learning is an instructional approach that connects and combines community service activities with academic learning. It is a method that facilitates student learning through active participation in organized community service. It can be used with students across all grade levels and it can be integrated across all subjects. Service…
Descriptors: Service Learning, Caring, Grade 1, Elementary School Students
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Buchanan, Lisa Brown; Kemmerer, Caroline; Kaluzny, Joanne; Hill, Rachael – Social Studies and the Young Learner, 2018
This article describes a fourth grade project involving elementary students, their teachers, elementary preservice teachers, and university faculty. The project focused on a work of juvenile historical fiction, culminating in social studies lessons that were interdisciplinary. This collaboration between educators was made possible by a…
Descriptors: Novels, Grade 4, Elementary School Students, Elementary School Teachers
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Jorgenson, Simon; Howard, Scott; Welch, Brianna Tyler – Social Studies and the Young Learner, 2018
Today more than ever, teachers must prepare young learners to understand and address complex social and environmental problems. Many of these problems are directly related to how humans use natural resources to meet their needs. This is a core concept in geography and geography education. The College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Framework suggests…
Descriptors: Kindergarten, Human Geography, Experiential Learning, Preschool Teachers
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