ERIC Number: ED194420
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980
Reference Count: 0
Social Studies: A Primary Handbook. A Language Arts Approach.
Atman, Kathryn S.; And Others
This handbook contains concept-oriented lessons which will help elementary teachers incorporate social studies instruction into their classrooms. The program emphasizes concepts from each of the social science disciplines. Included among these are learning; family; social processes of customs, cooperation, competition, and conflict; rules and laws; voting; location and direction; transportation, regions, and regionalism; needs and wants; goods and services; money; resources; archaeology; invention; symbols; and time. The program also emphasizes skills of information acquiring, reading, organization, communication, citizenship education, geography, and time relationships. Each lesson contains a concept question, skill, student competency, suggested activity, and materials needed. The lesson activities are many and varied. For example, in one of the lessons on the concept of learning which also teaches the skill of information acquiring, students use magazine pictures to make a collage of children and adults in various learning situations. The students mount the pictures on heavy oaklag and discuss each situation. It is suggested that teachers stress the idea that all age groups can learn. Another example is a lesson on rules and laws in which students learn the skill of reading for comprehension. Students make a class book entitled "Rules Help Us Live Together." Each child draws a picture illustrating a law or rule of the community. Depending on the grade level, sentences may be written to tell the rule that is illustrated. The completed class book is to be kept in a prominent place in the classroom and the children are allowed to read it during their free time. Because the activities utilize materials found in most classrooms, they can easily be used by all elementary teachers. (Author/RM)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Pennsylvania State Dept. of Education, Harrisburg.