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Morris, Ronald V. – Geography Teacher, 2016
This article describes a lesson plan that encouraged the usage of digital tools to enhance inquiry as a key tool in teaching elementary social studies. The lesson revolved around a field trip to the home of Civil War Governor Oliver P. Morton (Centerville, Indiana). The active, investigative, and questioning nature of inquiry in social studies…
Descriptors: Data Collection, Lesson Plans, Technology Uses in Education, Elementary Education
Holloway, Jennifer – Geography Teacher, 2015
In this article the author describes how she teaches third and sixth grade classes about the six essential elements of geography at the beginning of each school year. The six elements organize the eighteen national standards and include: the world in spatial terms, places and regions, physical systems, human systems, environment and society, and…
Descriptors: Geography Instruction, Teaching Methods, Grade 3, Grade 6
Lisenbee, Peggy; Hallman, Christine; Landry, Debbie – Geography Teacher, 2015
Geocaching is an inquiry-based activity encouraging creativity, active learning, and real-world problem solving. As such, it is an educational opportunity for students in all grade levels. Educators benefit by observing students using higher-order thinking instead of rote learning offered by using traditional worksheets, tests, or quizzes. Also,…
Descriptors: Geography Instruction, Inquiry, Active Learning, Navigation
Roberts, Kathryn L.; Brugar, Kristy A. – Geography Teacher, 2014
In this article, Kathryn Roberts & Kristy Brugar discuss their assessment of third-, fourth- and fifth-grade children's understandings of the types of maps commonly found in their social studies text and trade books, and the knowledge and misconceptions it revealed. They then discuss how teachers might begin to address those issues with…
Descriptors: Elementary School Students, Maps, Textbooks, Intervention