ERIC Number: EJ770191
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2003
Reference Count: 20
The Nation's Capital and First Graders: Role Playing a Trip to Washington, D.C.
Morris, Ronald V.
Social Studies, v94 n6 p265-269 Nov-Dec 2003
Children in two first-grade classes and their teachers decided to take an imaginary trip to Washington D.C. For three weeks, the first graders spent their afternoons on the project, and their simulated flight was the culminating activity of a unit on Washington, D.C. In this article, the author discusses several details of the activity, particularly highlighting the significance of play, debriefing, and play teaching approach in students' learning. With this activity, the first-grade students had opportunities to play and to experience direct instruction. While they were engaged in playing roles as airline personnel and tourists, their direct-instruction experiences helped them make the connections between events and monuments. The unit has value because the children simulated economic and market forces and learned about the exchange of goods and services through the transportation systems and vacations.
Descriptors: Grade 1, Transportation, Teaching Methods, Role Playing, Play, Social Studies, Field Trips, Creative Activities, Economics Education, Active Learning
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education; Elementary Secondary Education; Grade 1
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Identifiers - Location: District of Columbia; Texas