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ERIC Number: EJ943974
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-1056-0300
Second Graders Connect to Their Community with a WebQuest
Henning, Mary Beth; Bell, Danielle
Social Studies and the Young Learner, v24 n1 p10-13 Sep-Oct 2011
Community workers and community services are a typical part of the second grade curriculum in many American schools. However, the content provided in textbooks often lacks depth and the personal connection that students need to make their learning meaningful. How many times have seven year olds already learned about fire fighters and mail carriers? Rarely do students learn that they can provide community service themselves. This article shows how second graders engaged in online research of community service organizations as part of a WebQuest, a structured teaching tool utilizing the Internet to aid students in social studies inquiry. As a result, students interviewed representatives from the organizations in order to decide which community group they were most interested in supporting with some hands-on volunteer work. (Contains 6 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education; Grade 2
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A