ERIC Number: ED214816
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Oct-29
Reference Count: 0
Motivational Use of Adaptable Designs in Reinforcing Geographic-Social Studies Content.
Pelow, Randall A.
The purpose of this paper is to provide teachers with four adaptable designs that can be used to reinforce geographic-social studies knowledge. Adaptable designs are defined as structural formats that can be used repeatedly to teach different concepts and skills. The paper first discusses the advantageous features of adaptable designs and presents several helpful hints for getting maximum usage from them. Each design contains a sample section of how content materials can be applied to it. Much of the content was selected from textbook material and popular units in grades four through eight. The content itself is interchangeable with other examples because of the very nature of adaptable designs. For example, one activity titled "Hot Stuff/Cold Stuff" reinforces information regarding a unit of study on the deserts of the world by allowing students to answer questions placed on die cut cards located toward the center of a matboard. Students move their game markers along spaces around the board's perimeter. This design can be used to review the content for almost any unit of study. The teacher must simply replace the die cut cards with another set of cards on a different topic. In another activity, "Around the World in Words," students classify the meanings of uncommon nouns to their respective categories. The design used in this activity can be used for dictionary work and can be used in conjunction with the textbook. The last two activities presented are "Geoging the Mind" in which students review information related to the meanings of geographic terms and"Mystery Location" in which students identify and locate specific places in the United States with the aid of geographic clues. (Author/RM)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Council for Geographic Education (Pittsburgh, PA, October 29, 1981).