ERIC Number: ED253476
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983
Reference Count: 0
Publicizing and Encouraging Elementary Social Studies: Strategies for State and Local Councils.
National Council for the Social Studies, Washington, DC.
Strategies to help state and local social studies councils encourage the teaching of social studies in the elementary grades address the trend to eliminate social studies from the primary grades altogether. The erosion of social studies instruction for young children must be stopped, and this can best be accomplished by leadership at the state and local levels. The handbook begins with a definition of and rationale for elementary social studies education. Goals are discussed, and general outreach strategies that state and local councils can use to publicize and encourage social studies education are outlined. Eight specific strategies that local and individual school districts can implement are then described. These include a sidewalk social studies fair at a shopping mall, a school-wide folk-life festival, a living history museum, a festival emphasizing cultures that have contributed to the local community, a social studies book week and parade, a full-dress historical reenactment of an event, a school artifacts museum, and a school social studies fair. A brochure that may be duplicated by state and local councils and used to recruit new members is included. (RM)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: National Council for the Social Studies, Washington, DC.
Note: Prepared by the Early Childhood Advisory Board (NCSS).