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Lara, Gilberto P.; Leija, María G. – Social Studies and the Young Learner, 2014
In the beginning of this article, the authors share the story of Mr. Paredes, a fourth grade teacher in a bilingual classroom, who explains his approach in selecting particular pieces of children's literature that address gender roles and equity. His hope, he states, is that the students will be able to identify the stereotype and challenge…
Descriptors: Sex Role, Gender Bias, Social Bias, Social Justice
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Lembo, Cathy – Social Studies and the Young Learner, 2014
Can an easy-to-read, funny picture book spur fifth graders to find their inner feminist? It can, if it's Anthony Browne's "Piggybook", and teachers use the activity ideas in "Every Book is a Social Studies Book". "Piggybook" by Anthony Browne is a tale whose cover tells the story: the mother, Mrs. Piggot,…
Descriptors: Consciousness Raising, Sex Role, Feminism, Picture Books
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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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Cavin, Amanda; Elfer, Charles J.; Roberts, Scott L. – Social Studies and the Young Learner, 2014
At first glance, implementing the new Common Core Standards, with their dramatically higher learning expectations for early elementary students, may seem like a daunting task. The authors of this article think there has never been a better time for K-2 teachers to begin developing lessons that integrate all disciplines, promote higher order…
Descriptors: State Standards, Academic Standards, Gardening, Elementary School Students
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Brown, Elizabeth; Silvestri, Linda – Social Studies and the Young Learner, 2014
In order to understand the complex workings of the three branches of American government, young citizens need early exposure in the elementary years to hands-on lessons that include real life examples and opportunities for students to apply what they have learned. To that end, the authors designed a five-day, inquiry-based unit for fourth grade…
Descriptors: Civil Rights, Activism, Advocacy, Community Coordination
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Brugar, Kristy; Halvorsen, Anne-Lise; Hernandez, Sunshine – Social Studies and the Young Learner, 2014
This article describes a two-day, upper elementary social scientific inquiry lesson in which students investigate the representation of women in their textbooks by critically analyzing them. In the lesson, students are asked whether they think women and men get equal coverage in their textbook. The authors conclude that the students demonstrated…
Descriptors: Social Studies, Females, Textbooks, Inquiry
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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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Crocco, Margaret Smith; Marino, Michael P. – Social Studies and the Young Learner, 2014
Almost eighty years ago, Lucy Sprague Mitchell, founder of Bank Street College of Education in New York City, wrote about social studies in ways that sound remarkably contemporary: "In the first place, we shall say that the curriculum should continue the laboratory methods, which means it should furnish the children with as many first-hand…
Descriptors: Social Studies, Neighborhoods, State Standards, Geography
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Maxim, Jeffrey G.; Maxim, George W. – Social Studies and the Young Learner, 2014
There have been many significant changes in education over the last fifty years, but few have been as swift and all-encompassing as the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). Discussed and debated everywhere, and now implemented in many states, the CCSS initiative set out to transform our nation's K-12 educational system by providing clear…
Descriptors: State Standards, Academic Standards, Literacy, Teaching Methods
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Luke, Nancy; Binkley, Russell; Marotta, Naomi; Pirkl, Melissa – Social Studies and the Young Learner, 2014
This article describes a project that helped fourth-grade students connect personally with and bring North Carolina history to life. Over the months of this project, students asked questions, investigated topics of interest that they chose, conducted in-depth research that included interviewing experts, learned to use a video editor to combine…
Descriptors: Grade 4, Elementary School Students, Social Studies, History Instruction
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Whitlock, Annie McMahon; Fox, Kim – Social Studies and the Young Learner, 2014
Can reading a book about a boy and a hen in Ghana make a difference to fifth graders in their Michigan community? Indeed, it can, and in myriad ways. At a suburban elementary school in Michigan, the authors introduced fifth graders to economic concepts in a project-based learning (PBL) unit. They began by reading aloud and discussing the picture…
Descriptors: Social Studies, Reading Materials, Grade 5, Elementary School Students
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Lin, Lin; Widdall, Chris; Ward, Laurie – Social Studies and the Young Learner, 2014
In this article, the authors describe how integrating interactive mobile tools into elementary pedagogy can generate enthusiasm and critical thinking among students as they learn about the world. The activities described took place over the course of six one-hour periods spanning six days. These activities address three major social studies…
Descriptors: Elementary School Teachers, Elementary School Students, Critical Thinking, Educational Philosophy
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McGarry, Lorraine S.; Stoicovy, Donnan M. – Social Studies and the Young Learner, 2014
At the beginning of every school year at Park Forest Elementary School (PFE), it is customary for teachers to invite their students to participate in establishing guidelines for behavior and citizenship in their respective classrooms. Teacher Lorraine McGarry and principal Donnan Stoicovy began the 2012-13 school year, however, by taking this…
Descriptors: Elementary School Students, Elementary School Teachers, Democracy, Meetings
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Montgomery, Sarah E.; Christie, Erica M.; Staudt, Jessica – Social Studies and the Young Learner, 2014
Biography is a popular approach to history education in the younger grades, especially when teaching units of study during Women's History Month, which is March. A biography-centered approach, however, can be problematic when such lessons are not tied to any context, promoting the misconception that individuals create social change in isolation.…
Descriptors: History Instruction, Females, History, Biographies
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