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den Heyer, Kent – Canadian Social Studies, 2005
Schools are too often places in which answers are conveyed to questions students are rarely, if ever, asked. This article offers, therefore, some examples of content--animating and throughline questions--and assessment practices that centralize questions rather than answers. While animating questions return teachers to the mysteries that excite us…
Descriptors: Social Studies, Teaching Methods, Educational Practices, Educational Strategies
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Fielding, John – Canadian Social Studies, 2005
There are two distinct sections to this article. In the first part, the author's relates, in a personal way, his conviction that the teaching of history is about the engagement and development of the "historical imagination". In the second part Fielding presents not only many strategies for teaching history but also his analysis of these…
Descriptors: History Instruction, Learner Engagement, Student Participation, Student Motivation
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von Heyking, Amy – Canadian Social Studies, 2004
Two important developments have occurred in the field of history education that have had important implications for elementary school teachers. First, our understanding of history as a discipline reflects a new understanding about the nature and purpose of history teaching. Second, we have a better understanding of the cognitive capacities of…
Descriptors: History Instruction, Elementary School Students, Thinking Skills, Cognitive Ability
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Dhand, Harry – Canadian Social Studies, 1994
Contends that imagination and creativity go hand in hand and that creativity can and must be cultivated among students at all levels of education. Presents a classroom approach where students are the experts on a variety of global issues and projects. Includes 7 tables illustrating the approach and 21 descriptions of student roles. (CFR)
Descriptors: Classroom Techniques, Community Resources, Creativity, Curriculum Development
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Pickard, Felicity; And Others – Canadian Social Studies, 1994
Presents a classroom game that serves as an introduction to mapping for first-grade students. Includes beginner and advanced levels. Outlines rules, student objectives, and an exemplar map. (CFR)
Descriptors: Educational Games, Educational Strategies, Elementary Education, Geography
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Myers, John J.; And Others – Canadian Social Studies, 1991
Offers several strategies for implementing cooperative learning in the classroom. Suggests sample exercises including (1) a scavenger hunt; (2) a reaction wheel; (3) cooperative brainstorming and classification; (4) a "pair of pairs" exercise; and (5) a three-step interview. Explains that the examples are starting points that have been used in…
Descriptors: Brainstorming, Classification, Cooperative Learning, Elementary Secondary Education
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Stevens, Jacqueline; And Others – Canadian Social Studies, 1992
Describes learning activities and teaching methods for history and social studies classes in use at different schools. Includes contests, games, field trips, role playing, and student research and writing. Explains that the activities deal with racism, tolerance, self-esteem, and the role of decision making in history. (DK)
Descriptors: Cultural Awareness, Decision Making, Elementary Secondary Education, Learning Activities
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Blanchette, Amy; And Others – Canadian Social Studies, 1995
Describes a classroom project in which elementary students bake homemade bread to learn about the settlement period in Canadian history and the early history of the students' community. Maintains that students learn to compare the lifestyle of the past with the present. (CFR)
Descriptors: Active Learning, Class Activities, Classroom Techniques, Educational Objectives
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Nelson, Jennifer – Canadian Social Studies, 1996
Provides a brief overview of salient facts to be incorporated into a lesson plan on Australia. Several lists contain interesting facts concerning geography, resource utilization, culture, and population. Includes suggested list of research/discussion topics and a list of annotated references. (MJP)
Descriptors: Annotated Bibliographies, Area Studies, Class Activities, Elementary Secondary Education
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Shields, Patricia – Canadian Social Studies, 1996
Describes the storyline instructional strategy and its application to social studies. Storyline consists of incorporating content area material into an evolving narrative with subsequent material added to the story. Includes examples from grades 2, 9, and 11 storyline instructional units. (MJP)
Descriptors: Classroom Techniques, Cognitive Processes, Concept Formation, Elementary Secondary Education
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Shaffer, Dianna – Canadian Social Studies, 1991
Describes a space education program in rural Manitoulin Island, Ontario. Reports that gifted and talented students examined space exploration, built models, met with astronauts, and designed multimedia presentations. Explains that the students also hosted a one-day conference on space for students, teachers, and parents and later visited…
Descriptors: Audiovisual Aids, Elementary Secondary Education, Learning Activities, Space Exploration
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Tersigni, Joseph – Canadian Social Studies, 1991
Explains that Canadian general education is intended to prepare students for community college, whereas advanced education is meant to ready them for university study. Offers 25 strategies for teaching on the general level. Argues that the tips can improve the teacher student relationship and make any subject more interesting and enjoyable for…
Descriptors: Developmental Studies Programs, Foreign Countries, Learning Activities, Secondary Education
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Westlake, John – Canadian Social Studies, 1991
Offers a group exercise for teaching students how to achieve consensus concerning rank order. Explains that students are assigned to rank the incidence of animals biting their own species in New York City. Reports that the teacher chooses a group member to explain the group's ranking. Identifies evaluation methods for the exercise. (SG)
Descriptors: Cooperative Learning, Elementary Secondary Education, Investigations, Learning Activities
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Schwartz, Phyllis – Canadian Social Studies, 1997
Describes two classroom activities that introduce critical-thinking skills into social studies instruction. One is a debate, followed by position papers, on the contribution of Christopher Columbus. The other is a simulation of a Constitutional Amendment conference. Discusses which parts of the lessons specifically focus on critical-thinking…
Descriptors: Critical Thinking, Debate, Elementary Education, Evaluative Thinking
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Darling, Linda Farr – Canadian Social Studies, 1996
Discusses how students can examine global and moral issues by exploring trickster tales from different cultures. Recommends these tales for their moral component, entertainment value, and rich source of cultural knowledge. Includes criteria for selecting trickster tales for young audiences. (MJP)
Descriptors: Anthropology, Childrens Literature, Citizenship Education, Curriculum Enrichment
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