50 Social Studies Strategies for K-8 Classrooms

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  • Edition: 3rd
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2010-02-18
  • Publisher: Pearson
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This popular book of 50 strategies for enhancing social studies learning in K-8 classrooms offers valuable ideas and applications for pre-service and practicing teachers alike. Always appreciated for its connections between theory, research, and practice, and the extensions provided through web sites and references, this new edition enhances those strengths by providing assessment ideas and website resources for every strategy. Eight conceptually-organized overarching strategies to facilitate organizing a social studies classroom precede forty-two social-studies specific strategies -organized alphabetically and introduced by grade level and National Council for Social Studies (NCSS) standards indicators. This handy resource provides models, examples, and assessments from real teachers and students, so that pre-service teachers may be successful in their student teaching and field experiences and first years in the classroom and practicing teachers may freshen their social studies teaching with some new ideas.

Author Biography

Kathryn M. Obenchain, Ph.D., teaches undergraduate elementary and secondary social studies methods, as well as graduate courses in social studies education and research methods. She is currently an assistant professor at the University of Texas at Austin. She has worked extensively with the northern Nevada Teaching American History Program and is co-founder and co-director of the "Research in Romania" study-abroad program.


Ronald V. Morris, Ph.D., teaches methods of elementary social studies to graduate and undergraduate students in the Department of History at Ball State University, and he offers teacher in-service.  He is the (2009) author of: Bringing History to Life: First-Person Historical Presentations in Elementary and Middle Classrooms (Rowman & Littlefield Education).


Table of Contents


Summary of the National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) Curriculum Strands


PART 1           General Social Studies Instructional Strategies

1          Community Building

2          Establishing a Democratic Classroom

3          Developing Multiple Perspectives

4          Concept Development and Concept Attainment

5          Discovery 

6          Inquiry

7          Questioning

8          Primary Sources


PART 2           Specific Social Studies Instructional Strategies to Advance Content Knowledge and Skills Development 

9          Archeological Digs

10        Architecture and Landscape Design Significance

11        Case Studies

12        Cemetery Studies

13        Community Maps

14        Custom Boxes 

15        Decision Trees and Decision Grids

16        Digital Storytelling

17        Discerning Qualifications

18        Field Trips of Distinction

19        Flannel Boards

20        Folk Culture

21        Games 

22        Genealogies

23        Globes

24        Graphic Organizers

25        Guest Speakers

26        Historical Characters

27        Historical Reenactments

28        Home Living Centers

29        Interactive Bulletin Boards

30        Learning Centers

31        Literature Book Clubs

32        Media Literacy

33        Mini-Society

34        Mock Trials

35        Model Factory

36        Museum Exhibits

37        Music History

38        Newspaper Making

39        Oral Histories

40        Pen Pals

41        Readers’ Theater

42        Role Playing

43        Sand Table Maps

44        Service-Learning

45        Story Boards

46        Time Lines

47        Trash Trail 

48        Traveling Ambassador 

49        Video Productions 

50        WebQuests

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