ERIC Number: ED058103
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970
Reference Count: 0
Elementary Social Studies. Course Outline and Rationale.
Regional Center for Educational Training, Hanover, NH.
The student and subject oriented course outline of study for kindergarten through grade six was developed by the Social Studies Program of Title III ESEA Dartmouth-Lake Sunapee Center for Regional Innovation. It is intended for sequential use in the Upper Valley Schools of New Hampshire and Vermont. A primary objective of the course is that children be taught the basic concepts, factual data, attitudes and intellectual skills of the social scientist in an innovative, flexible manner in order to motivate the students toward understanding and solving problems. It is urged that the teacher understand this basic course objective and suggested that in-service teacher training may be necessary. This six year curriculum program is comprised of units containing studies of geography, economics, education and political science, providing important insights into generalizations, understandings and concepts. Kindergarten through second graders average 15 to 20 minutes per day comparing and contrasting their family life with families of other selected cultures. Third graders and fourth graders shift their study of village life. Fifth graders ask and explore what it means to be a human being. Sixth graders study American History using factual, biographical and "main idea" approaches. Suggested sequences of study are provided for each unit, along with charts, and multimedia materials. (SJM)
Descriptors: Concept Teaching, Course Objectives, Cross Cultural Studies, Cultural Awareness, Curriculum Development, Curriculum Guides, Elementary Education, Family Life, Geography, History, Interdisciplinary Approach, Kindergarten, Problem Solving, Sequential Approach, Social Sciences, Social Studies, Units of Study
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Authoring Institution: Regional Center for Educational Training, Hanover, NH.