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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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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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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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Meszaros, Bonnie T.; Suiter, Mary C. – Social Studies and the Young Learner, 2014
At an early age, young children often wonder why they must go to school. They may see the connection between practice and their ability to kick a soccer ball or to play a musical instrument, but seldom know the answer to the question, "Why is school important?" Elementary teachers can give young children the opportunity to learn that…
Descriptors: Elementary School Students, Young Children, Human Capital, Role of Education
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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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Philpott, Sarah Lewis – Social Studies and the Young Learner, 2014
Quality historical fiction enables readers to imagine what life might have been like for a variety of people, particularly those not typically written about in history texts. Social history of an era is often of particular interest to young students. This article looks at using the American Girl Series to interest students in history and provides…
Descriptors: Social History, United States History, Females, Class Activities
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Bennett, Linda B.; Williams, Frances Janeene – Social Studies and the Young Learner, 2014
Research on the inclusion of women in textbooks found severe inequalities in the way women were included in text and illustration. The use of carefully and purposefully selected images in the classroom can address both the lack of images of women in textbooks as well as the stereotypical portrayal of woman in textbook images.
Descriptors: Womens Studies, Females, Textbook Content, Textbook Bias
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Cushman, Mary – Social Studies and the Young Learner, 2014
Shana Corey's picture book, "Here Come the Girl Scouts!: The Amazing All-True Story of Juliette 'Daisy' Gordon Low and Her Great Adventure" describes Low's life as one of excitement, boldness, and fun. The "birthday" of Girl Scouts falls conveniently near the middle of Women's History Month, on March…
Descriptors: Role Models, Females, Social Studies, Didacticism
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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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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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