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Schwartz, Donald – Social Studies Review, 1990
Suggests that the most effective way to motivate student enthusiasm and interest in the social studies classroom is through the use of educational simulations. Discusses the advantages and disadvantages of simulations, and presents three of the most effective commercial simulations available today. (DB)
Descriptors: Class Activities, Computer Simulation, Educational Games, Elementary Secondary Education
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Voorhies, Randi – Social Studies Review, 1989
Lists and describes five essential components common to all cooperative learning lessons. Identifies heterogeneous grouping, introduction of social skills, interdependence of group members, individual accountability, and processing of group interaction as essential to cooperative learning. Suggest ways cooperative learning can be implemented in…
Descriptors: Class Activities, Classroom Techniques, Cooperative Learning, Elementary Secondary Education
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Lourie, Nancy E. – Social Studies Review, 1989
Reviews the major elements of cooperative learning and describes a model based upon level of difficulty which can be used as a guide for implementing activities. Discusses a planning worksheet for teachers and suggests ways in which teachers can assist each other in this process. (KO)
Descriptors: Class Activities, Classroom Techniques, Cooperative Learning, Elementary Secondary Education
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Ulmer, Barby – Social Studies Review, 1989
Presents a two to six day classroom simulation unit, "Survival or Starvation," designed to enhance student understanding of world problems. States that the simulation has been successfully used with fifth grade to adult groups. Provides daily instruction plans and describes several cooperative learning methods. Lists materials needed, and provides…
Descriptors: Class Activities, Cooperative Learning, Developing Nations, Educational Games
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Sabato, George – Social Studies Review, 1993
Describes a historical research project for students in secondary grades. Provides recommendations for evaluating student projects. Includes a student project guide and evaluation scale. (CFR)
Descriptors: Ancient History, Class Activities, Curriculum Design, Curriculum Development
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Rocca, Al M. – Social Studies Review, 1993
Asserts that geographic literacy plays an important role in the overall history-social science curriculum. Provides a lesson planning strategy and recommends using the Five Themes of Geography as a guide when designing history curricula. Includes recommended textbooks, professional journals, and other teacher resources. (CFR)
Descriptors: Class Activities, Curriculum Design, Educational Strategies, Elementary Secondary Education
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Gill, Jo Anne M. – Social Studies Review, 1993
Argues that active learning should be the goal of every teacher. Contends that this can be achieved through the use of cooperative learning, attention to learning styles, and hands-on strategies. Includes a lesson plan utilizing audiovisual aids. (CFR)
Descriptors: Audiovisual Aids, Class Activities, Cognitive Style, Cooperative Learning
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Cook-Kallio, Cheryl – Social Studies Review, 1991
Recommends giving students responsibility for maintaining a daily record of the class activities using a class log to record the year's events. States that students gain writing experience and learn responsibility. Explains the methodology and includes a sample entry. Suggested entries include homework assignments, summaries of class lessons, and…
Descriptors: Class Activities, Cooperative Learning, Elementary Secondary Education, Middle Schools
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Lawson, Jackie; Barnes, Donna – Social Studies Review, 1991
Offers suggestions for incorporating literature into teaching history. Outlines several activities designed to extend students' understanding of historical events. Includes a suggested reading list of fiction covering various periods in U.S. history for grades 4 through 12. (NL)
Descriptors: Childrens Literature, Class Activities, Elementary Secondary Education, History Instruction
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Levine, Martin G. – Social Studies Review, 1994
Asserts that the rapid growth of the limited-English-proficient (LEP) student population has been a great challenge to social studies teachers. Proposes five reading and writing activities that actively involve LEP students in meaningful instructional tasks and encourage higher level thinking skills. (CFR)
Descriptors: Class Activities, Educational Strategies, Elementary Secondary Education, History Instruction
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Olds, Sue – Social Studies Review, 1989
Describes cooperative learning strategies used in a class of eighth grade U.S. history students representing a number of cultures and a wide range of abilities. Discusses the formation of groups and the aspects of class routine to which the groups are subject. Provides a form for recording points earned and suggests possible rewards for points.…
Descriptors: Class Activities, Classroom Techniques, Cooperative Learning, Educational Games
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Boston, Jane – Social Studies Review, 1989
Views cooperative learning methods as tools which have the potential for ensuring maximum success for students and instilling democratic values. Identifies four formal methods for structuring cooperative learning activities. Points out that development of appropriate tasks along with preparation of students for group work and role playing are…
Descriptors: Citizenship Education, Class Activities, Cooperative Learning, Elementary Secondary Education