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ERIC Number: EJ926785
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1056-0300
Every Day Successes: Powerful Integration of Social Studies Content and English-Language Arts
Field, Sherry L.; Bauml, Michelle; Ledbetter, Mary
Social Studies and the Young Learner, v23 n3 p22-25 Jan-Feb 2011
Instructional time for social studies has been reduced nationwide, particularly in the elementary grades. Yet states continue to promote content standards in history, economics, civics, and geography for young learners. Purposeful integrative content that is appropriate for grades K-6, while sometimes difficult to find, seems to many elementary school teachers to be a favored approach. Research suggests that instructional time devoted to elementary social studies is minimal at best. There also seems to be a discernible trend that teachers are finding ways to incorporate social studies throughout the school day, by carefully integrating content. Recognizing these realities, the authors have worked together for the past three years to document and report through publications and conference presentations how a fifth grade teacher finds time to plan and implement high-quality social studies instruction through content integration. They have found that purposeful content integration is an effective means of providing young children with rich learning experiences in the social studies. This article features the successful integration techniques that the fifth grade teacher uses as she and her fifth grade students work together to learn social studies through integrated instruction. (Contains 8 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education; Grade 5
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Mexico; Texas