ERIC Number: EJ770140
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2002
Reference Count: 9
What Is the Job of the President of the United States?
Peer, Andrea; Haas, Mary E.
Social Studies, v93 n5 p228-231 Sep-Oct 2002
Young learners need activities that engage them mentally and physically in processing new information. It is easy to accept such ideas intuitively, but matching the curriculum content to meaningful activities is a challenge. The authors believe that following a learning cycle is a satisfactory way to meet that challenge. A learning cycle is a lesson or unit taught in three phases. First, an exploratory activity introduces the unit and provides information for students to use to investigate the topic to be studied with little or no direction and help from the classroom teacher. The lesson development phase includes several activities through which the students learn about the important concepts and generalizations associated with the unit topic. Finally, in the expansion phase, students use the same concepts and generalizations in new situations to reinforce, expand, and process thoughtfully what they learned in the development phase of the lesson (Sunal and Haas 2002). In this article, the authors describe six activities from that learning cycle, which wee Peer designed to help students gain a more realistic perspective about the duties of the president of the United States. They also report the reactions of a group of third graders to the activities and the teacher's reflections on the unit. (Contains 2 tables and 8 resources.)
Descriptors: Grade 3, Presidents, Learning Processes, Teaching Methods, Learning Activities, Concept Formation, Generalization, Units of Study, Administrator Responsibility
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Grade 3
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Identifiers - Location: United States