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Little, Larry – Social Studies Review, 1985
There are 14 centers for economic education in the state of California. Films, videocassettes, and curriculum guides developed by the centers for use by economics teachers are described. The addresses of the centers are provided. (RM)
Descriptors: Curriculum Guides, Economics Education, Elementary Secondary Education, Films
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Ovoian, Gary; Gregory, Don – Social Studies Review, 1991
Presents a program for teaching social studies through a simulated archaeological dig. Describes an integrated lesson in solving real problems through a variety of disciplines making full use of technology. Discusses objectives, project organization, and the necessary materials. Emphasizes student interest in learning through experience. Includes…
Descriptors: Archaeology, Classroom Environment, Computer Assisted Instruction, Critical Thinking
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Weikel, Brenda – Social Studies Review, 1991
Suggests teaching listening skills at the beginning of the school year to enhance the high school classroom learning environment. Outlines a five-step lesson plan for teaching listening skills. Notes that students can use this plan on their own. Reports a renewed interest in social studies and better performance on tests. (NL)
Descriptors: Classroom Techniques, Critical Thinking, Educational Strategies, High Schools
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Paul, Richard W.; Adamson, Kenneth R. – Social Studies Review, 1990
Urges social studies teachers to help students understand and identify sociocentric, national bias in the news media. Illustrates how the media fosters "us versus them" thinking and how word choice often reflects bias. Outlines activities to help students recognize bias. Provides weak and strong examples of students' analyses of bias in news…
Descriptors: Beliefs, Bias, Critical Thinking, Current Events
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Bond, David – Social Studies Review, 1990
Argues that secondary economics teachers must help students learn to apply fundamental economics concepts to real problems. Advocates the critical thinking approach. Outlines goals, objectives, content, and procedures for an inquiry lesson that teaches the concepts land, labor, and capital through a problem-solving, hypothesis-testing method.…
Descriptors: Concept Teaching, Critical Thinking, Economics Education, Hypothesis Testing
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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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Miller, Douglas E. – Social Studies Review, 1989
Argues that current social studies textbooks lack coherent formats, decipherable vocabulary, clearly written paragraphs, and presume background information which students lack. Presents a lesson which combines information from research in reading and cooperative learning techniques in an attempt to encourage discussion of information and eventual…
Descriptors: Cooperative Learning, Critical Thinking, Group Activities, History Instruction
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Oicles, Gerry; Oicles, Ellen – Social Studies Review, 1989
Describes a map activity for studying the nine nations of the United States using cooperative learning techniques. The concept of geographic region is discussed and linked to the term "nine nations." Lesson plan, student worksheets, maps, and other materials are included. Indicates the software used to produce maps. (KO)
Descriptors: Cooperative Learning, Geographic Regions, Geography Instruction, Group Activities
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Lopus, Jane Schaerges – Social Studies Review, 1985
The Stock Market Game is a computerized simulation that involves high school students in trading eligible New York Stock Exchange stocks in an effort to make capital gains. Time required is ten weeks. The game is described; economic concepts that can be taught using the game are listed. (RM)
Descriptors: Class Activities, Computer Assisted Instruction, Concept Teaching, Economics Education
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Geyer, Patricia – Social Studies Review, 1997
Examines the process used to develop a lesson plan from an academic research article. Includes a lesson plan developed from an article in the Spring 1997 issue of "The Journal of World History" tracing the history of jute (a substitute for flax) manufacturing in colonial India. (MJP)
Descriptors: Colonialism, Economic Development, Economic Impact, Foreign Countries
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Cook-Kallio, Cheryl – Social Studies Review, 1991
Discusses the use of primary resources in the teaching of middle school social studies. Describes a lesson in which students were given a copy of the Declaration of Independence, written in everyday language, and were asked to discuss and evaluate it. Suggests another activity based on Thomas Jefferson's writings. (SG)
Descriptors: Instructional Materials, Intermediate Grades, Learning Activities, Middle Schools
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Chapel, David – Social Studies Review, 1992
Recommends the use of song lyrics in secondary school U.S. history, government, and economics courses. Contends that using music meets the criterion of cultural literacy in the California History Social Science Framework. (CFR)
Descriptors: Curriculum Design, History Instruction, Instructional Materials, Interdisciplinary Approach
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Porter, Priscilla – Social Studies Review, 1992
Presents an annotated bibliography of 23 computer software programs selected for their applicability to the fifth-grade curriculum outlined in California History Social Science Framework. Categorizes the recommended software programs by eight chronological units in the course. Includes the current price for each program and a list of sources for…
Descriptors: Annotated Bibliographies, Computer Assisted Instruction, Geography Instruction, Grade 5
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Sabato, George – Social Studies Review, 1992
Contends that feature films can heighten student interest in history. Proposes having students create film presentations based on historical topics. Includes a model research unit on Roman civilization. (CFR)
Descriptors: Audiovisual Aids, Cooperative Learning, Curriculum Design, Elementary Secondary Education
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Chapel, David – Social Studies Review, 1993
Recommends the use of cemeteries as the focus of student research in secondary social studies. Presents methods for initiating such a project and guidance for appropriate student behavior. Includes a list of suggested activities for cemetery studies. (CFR)
Descriptors: Activity Units, Community Study, Educational Resources, Experiential Learning
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