Social Studies in Elementary Education

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  • Edition: 13th
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2009-01-01
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall
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The author wrote this new edition of the most popular elementary social studies methods text on the market with the following three goals in mind: to present the most powerful social studies content and pedagogy for children in elementary school, to offer the material in simple and accessible ways, and to write in a first person active voice. The purpose of this book is to introduce new teachers to the world of social studies teaching and learning in elementary and middle schools. Geography, history, government and the other social sciences are delivered into the palm of the new teacher's hand along with a suite of tools for bringing social studies to life in the classroom. The book is organized into three sectionsthe first orients the reader to the mission of social studies education to the increasingly diverse children we teach, the second concentrates on the curriculum, and the third deals with instruction, how we plan and teach this curriculum. Three central themes continue to pervade the bookdemocratic citizenship, diversity, and the social sciencesto ultimately encourage teachers to excite their students about closing the gap between social realities and democratic ideals. An exceptionally strong chapter on multicultural issues (Chapter 2) helps future teachers truly understand the changing demographics of the American classroom. Abridged NCSS standards and their classroom applications are automatically packaged with every copy of the book.

Table of Contents

Orientation to Social Studies Education
Social Studies Education: What and Why
Knowing the Children We Teach
The Social Studies Curriculum
Citizenship Education and Democratic Values
History, Geography, and the Social Studies
Powerful Social Studies Tools: Time Lines, Maps, Globes, and Graphics
Current Events and Public Issues
Planning and Teaching Social Studies
Assessing Student Learning
Planning Units, Lessons, and Activities
Three Great Teaching Strategies
Cooperative Learning in Social Studies
The Literacy-Social Studies Connection
Social Studies as the Integrating Core
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