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Austin, Hilary Mac; Thompson, Kathleen – Social Studies and the Young Learner, 2014
History is a process. Just as science is the quest to discover and understand the truth about the world we live in, so history is the quest to discover and understand the truth about our world in the millennia that led up to this moment. These authors asked children who ranged in age from 6 to 12, first grade to sixth, how we know what happened in…
Descriptors: Historical Interpretation, Grade 4, Elementary School Curriculum, History Instruction
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Cipparone, Peter – Social Studies and the Young Learner, 2014
Students' observations about society often become the basis for class discussions in Peter Cipparone's fourth-grade classroom. As Chip Wood, an expert on child development, observed, nine-year-olds are often "struggling with the cognitive task of understanding ethical behavior at a new level." One of this author's goals…
Descriptors: Immigration, Grade 4, Student Centered Curriculum, Teaching Methods
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Elijah, Rosebud – Social Studies and the Young Learner, 2014
For everyone--children, parents, teachers--who have experienced instances in their lives where they have been teased, alienated, isolated, shunned, Allen Say gives us the beautifully illustrated book "The Favorite Daughter." In this book (a Notable Social Studies Trade Book for 2013), author and illustrator Say wraps and unwraps issues…
Descriptors: Childrens Literature, Social Cognition, Didacticism, Literature Appreciation
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Gilbert, Lisa – Social Studies and the Young Learner, 2014
Tackling challenging topics in history can be difficult, and sometimes teachers struggle to find age-appropriate ways to help students confront painful stories from the past. About four years ago, this author spearheaded a focus group with the purpose of taking on such a challenge. In the initial meetings, members of the group (four educators from…
Descriptors: Social Studies, Slavery, History Instruction, Teaching Methods
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Leibowits, Sarah; Trowbridge, Mary; Gelernt, Lois – Social Studies and the Young Learner, 2014
Educators are committed to understanding one another in their community as they explore their diversity. The home visit unit of study represents one of the earliest examples of "student research" done at the school where these authors teach, which serves children in pre-kindergarten classes through grade eight. A home visit is a field…
Descriptors: Units of Study, Home Visits, Home Programs, Early Childhood Education
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Sheffield, Caroline C. – Social Studies and the Young Learner, 2014
The men of the Breckinridge family have a long history of service to the nation, including many politicians, soldiers, and even a vice president of the United States. But it was a woman in the family, Mary, who had, arguably, the most direct and long-lived impact on those she served. As the founder of the Frontier Nursing Service (FNS) of Eastern…
Descriptors: Change Agents, Nurses, Health Services, Caring
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Lapham, Steven S.; Reader, David; Houting, Beth A. Twiss; Moloshok, Rachel – Social Studies and the Young Learner, 2014
This article presents two lessons. The first one is "Carved in Stone: The Preamble to the Constitution" by Steven S. Lapham. In 1937, the Works Progress Administration (WPA) commissioned artist Lenore Thomas to create some sculptures for the planned community of Greenbelt, Maryland. Part of her work consisted of bas-relief friezes on the…
Descriptors: Standards, Social Studies, History Instruction, Thinking Skills
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Ackerman, Ann T.; Howson, Patricia H.; Mulrey, Betty C. – Social Studies and the Young Learner, 2013
Teaching social studies using literature requires the teacher to know social studies content and determine the accuracy of the material. Is a narrative authentic? In other words, does it accurately depict the time and place in which a story is set? Are there omissions, stereotypes, or simplifications that could distort the reader's…
Descriptors: Childrens Literature, Social Studies, Accuracy, History
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Freedman, Eric B.; Roberts, Scott L. – Social Studies and the Young Learner, 2013
Two articles are presented in this column. "Life in an Auto Factory: Simulating how Labor and Management Interact" by Eric B. Freedman describes a classroom simulation of management and labor relations in an auto factory. Classroom handouts are included. The next article, "Women of Action and County Names: Mary Musgrove County--Why…
Descriptors: Simulation, Classroom Techniques, Program Descriptions, Labor Relations
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Pieczura, Michelle – Social Studies and the Young Learner, 2013
Creative dramatics, a highly effective method for integrating arts education into core curriculum, produces a positive and lasting impact on student learning, in terms of creative and critical thinking, language development, listening, comprehension, retention, cooperation, and empathy and awareness of others. Creative dramatics not only has the…
Descriptors: Drama, Dramatics, Language Acquisition, Empathy
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Zaleski, Joan; Zinnel, Vera – Social Studies and the Young Learner, 2013
Over her 23 years of teaching elementary school, Vera, a third grade teacher (and co-author of this article), had often fallen into the familiar rhythm of the fall social studies curriculum, with its predictable narrative of discovery, bravery, heroism, and thanksgiving. Her journey to becoming a more reflective, thoughtful, and equitable teacher…
Descriptors: State Standards, Childrens Literature, Social Studies, Imagination
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Dorfman, Shari; Rosenberg, Ruth – Social Studies and the Young Learner, 2013
One way to engage all students and ensure that they feel valued within a classroom is to provide opportunities for learning that tap into varied intelligences. According to Howard Gardner, "It is of the utmost importance that we recognize and nurture all of the varied human intelligences, and all of the combinations of intelligences."…
Descriptors: Multiple Intelligences, Classroom Techniques, Educational Strategies, Class Activities
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Groce, Eric; Wilson, Rachel E.; Poling, Lisa – Social Studies and the Young Learner, 2013
Cemeteries have traditionally been cast as scary and creepy places in children's literature, as well as in popular television shows and movies. Spooky media images, coupled with exaggerated stories from their friends, might leave young learners wary of cemeteries and with feelings of fear and anxiety. Cemeteries are, however, unique community…
Descriptors: Childrens Literature, Field Trips, Social Studies, Mortality Rate
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Fehn, Bruce; Heckart, Kimberly – Social Studies and the Young Learner, 2013
This article details the work of third grade teacher, co-author Kim Heckart, as she engaged her students in making historical documentaries: a project that succeeded in reaching all of her third-grade students. For the last five years, Kim has required students to make historical documentaries. As her students produced these works, Kim conversed…
Descriptors: Writing Skills, Slavery, War, Documentaries
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Cruz, Barbara C.; O'Brien, Jason L. – Social Studies and the Young Learner, 2012
The activities the authors propose in this article offer teachers a research-based, interactive, and relevant framework of study that can effectively introduce students to the presidential election process as well as encourage students to begin thinking about what types of leaders they will vote for in the future. The exercises embody the best…
Descriptors: Performance Based Assessment, Cooperative Learning, Individualized Instruction, Political Campaigns
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