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ERIC Number: EJ784838
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 1
ISSN: ISSN-1056-0300
Using Object Boxes to Teach about Middle Eastern Antiquity
Gianetto, Jennifer L.; Rule, Audrey C.
Social Studies and the Young Learner, v17 n4 p4-7 Mar-Apr 2005
Students need to enter the interconnected global community with an understanding of how different cultures perceive the world, how the cultures and societies of today evolved from those of the past, and how all peoples impact the development of future societies. Unfortunately, time constraints or lack of resources in schools cause many social studies topics that address the present and past global society to be omitted from the elementary curriculum. Such inattention contributes to student misunderstandings and the continuation of negative stereotypes about world cultures that differ from one's own. Cultures that seem most prone to negative stereotyping in recent years can be found in the Middle East. Middle East countries have a pivotal role in global economies and politics, necessitating a deep understanding of the cultures and viewpoints of these world citizens. Aside from the need to change misconceptions and negative stereotypes about the Middle East and Islamic culture, there also exists a need to better engage students in the social studies curriculum. One method that can be employed at all educational levels and may be particularly effective in social studies is the inclusion of hands-on materials and student-centered learning activities. In this article, the authors explore the use of object boxes to teach about Middle East culture. The materials highlighted here are object boxes focusing on different aspects of Middle East culture that sixth graders explored. The authors present evidence for the efficacy of these lessons, describe the materials and their use in the classroom, and discuss how these activities support social studies standards. (Contains 2 tables, 11 notes, 4 resources and 2 online resources.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education; Elementary Secondary Education; Grade 6
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Language: English
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