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ERIC Number: EJ912174
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 5
ISSN: ISSN-1056-0300
Student-Designed Cultural Lesson Boards and Wall Maps
Beck, Charles R.
Social Studies and the Young Learner, v23 n1 p16-19 Sep-Oct 2010
Display boards and wall maps, created by a teacher or designed by a company, are a common sight in most elementary classrooms, but students usually have a rather limited role in constructing these materials. The main objective of this article is to describe some techniques for encouraging students to create social studies displays that can serve as useful instructional materials for themselves and their classmates. These visually appealing lesson boards and wall maps are designed to enhance the students' interest in a wide variety of social studies topics, such as American and foreign cultures, and world geography. These materials develop a variety of skills, including researching websites, developing visual and artistic appreciation, composing passages to describe picture content, and designing worksheets with questions on several cognitive levels. The authors describe lesson boards and wall maps that can be used to address all ten of the social studies curriculum thematic strands; however, they are especially appropriate for addressing culture; people, places, and environments; and global connections.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A