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Patterson, Timothy J.; Shuttleworth, Jay M. – Social Studies and the Young Learner, 2020
Because of a long tradition of children's literature depicting enslavement, elementary teachers have an expansive assortment of books from which to choose. These books, however, can be filled with inaccuracies, troubling illustrations, and dubious interpretations of the "peculiar institution." The recent controversy over "A Birthday…
Descriptors: History Instruction, Controversial Issues (Course Content), Childrens Literature, Primary Education
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Altieri, Jennifer L. – Social Studies and the Young Learner, 2020
Writing is a bridge between the disciplines, offering a way to include social studies content in various lessons. In addition, writing serves as a way for students to process informational text, as they read content, reflect on it, and restate it in various ways--such as in a poem, a faux historical letter, or a caption under an illustration.…
Descriptors: Elementary School Students, Social Studies, Poetry, Creative Writing
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An, Sohyun – Social Studies and the Young Learner, 2020
Decades of curriculum research have uncovered a persistent trend: white people are depicted as dominating the history of the United States, whereas communities of color and their experiences are omitted or misrepresented in social studies textbooks and curriculum standards. The message the resulting curriculum sends to children is that the United…
Descriptors: Elementary School Students, Grade 1, School Segregation, School Desegregation
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Groce, Eric Chandler; Gregor, Margaret Norville – Social Studies and the Young Learner, 2020
Teaching a civil rights unit in the upper elementary grades can be difficult. Educators must sort through multiple resources, determine the quality and developmental appropriateness of the materials, synthesize and organize the resources into meaningful lessons, and teach the unit in the midst of pressures to minimize or eliminate social studies…
Descriptors: Civil Rights, Teaching Methods, Elementary School Students, Childrens Literature
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Clabough, Jeremiah; Bickford, John H. – Social Studies and the Young Learner, 2020
The "College, Career, and Civil Life (C3) Framework for Social Studies State Standards" guides teachers to initiate complex inquiries by sparking students' disciplinary literacy and critical analysis of rich sources. With effective scaffolding and engaging content, elementary students can explore and contextualize complex historical…
Descriptors: Grade 4, Elementary School Students, Social Studies, Primary Sources
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Hagan, Heather N.; Fegely, Alex G.; Warriner, George H., III – Social Studies and the Young Learner, 2020
In this article, we discuss how virtual reality (VR) can be used to provide learning experiences across time and space. After a brief introduction to VR technology, we discuss how VR can be used as a part of College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) inquiry in your elementary classroom, including management, materials, instructional considerations, and…
Descriptors: Computer Simulation, Educational Technology, Technology Uses in Education, Elementary Education
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Hubbard, Janie; Moore, Monisha F.; Christensen, Lois McFadyen – Social Studies and the Young Learner, 2020
Young children's self-identification and self-identity are essentially a set of conscious and unconscious beliefs built from experiences. Students' self-image, and their understanding of society, can change when they research how women contributed to our nation and to our daily lives. Such lessons can render these historical figures accessible and…
Descriptors: Young Children, Females, History, Social Studies
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Saylor, Elizabeth E.; Schmeichel, Mardi – Social Studies and the Young Learner, 2020
We live in a time when the question of who is (or is not) depicted in public monuments is a topic of heated discussions across the nation. For example, the removal of Robert E. Lee statue in Charlottesville, Virginia, resulted in a violent protest in 2017. Such debates concerning the display and preservation of Civil War monuments center around…
Descriptors: Historic Sites, Females, Gender Issues, Feminism
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Kenyon, Elizabeth; Lampe, Jennifer – Social Studies and the Young Learner, 2020
The article highlights how a class of toddlers spread their message about composting and repacking food. This curriculum emerged out of the students' interests, and it connected students' classroom experiences to their homes and communities, fostering a sense of power and agency in some of our youngest neighbors.
Descriptors: Toddlers, College Students, Early Childhood Education, Active Learning
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Shatara, Hanadi; Sonu, Debbie – Social Studies and the Young Learner, 2020
This article bridges scholarship in global education with elementary classroom teaching by presenting a series of lessons that challenge the idea of national culture as fixed and stable. When teaching about another country other than the United States, teachers tend to rely on misappropriated generalizations around food, holidays, and folktales…
Descriptors: Grade 3, Units of Study, Global Education, Critical Theory
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McGuire, Margit E.; Nicholson, Karen; Rand, Allan – Social Studies and the Young Learner, 2019
How do we preserve our civil society and dynamic political system and prepare students to be active citizens in a democratic society? The need for civic education is more essential now than ever before, and students deserve access to powerful civic lessons that actively engage them in learning about our democracy. The ultimate goal would be for…
Descriptors: Elections, Teaching Methods, Political Attitudes, Citizen Participation
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Ledford, Elyse; Berson, Ilene R.; Berson, Michael J.; Ledford, Alexander – Social Studies and the Young Learner, 2019
This guided inquiry launched a year-long study centered on social justice issues and people who have championed change in our communities and nation. The article, offers resources and activities that highlight Patsy Mink's congressional achievements and experiences, and push young students to think about the institution of Congress with a gendered…
Descriptors: Legislators, Japanese Americans, Grade 1, Elementary School Students
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McPherson, Kelly – Social Studies and the Young Learner, 2019
This article introduces the fifty states project, a year-long study of the United States that uses crowd sourcing to bring authentic materials into the social studies classroom. The project started five years ago, when author Kelly McPherson decided that she wanted to have a care package sent from all 50 states to help students learn about the…
Descriptors: Social Studies, History Instruction, Teaching Methods, Primary Sources
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Bauml, Michelle; May, Lisa – Social Studies and the Young Learner, 2019
Introducing patriotic holidays such as Veterans Day with historical photographs and other primary sources in classrooms can not only spark children's interest, but also promote critical thinking and historical comprehension. Meaningful, hands-on historical lessons can also motivate children to take informed action about issues they care about. We…
Descriptors: Veterans, Holidays, Social Studies, Military Service
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Allen, Amy – Social Studies and the Young Learner, 2019
Early in the semester, during a seemingly benign math lesson over money, one of the students in my second and third grade blended classroom halted the instruction to ask "Wait! Why are there no women on money? Is there any money with women on it?" Never one to miss an opportunity to get my students thinking critically, we took some time…
Descriptors: Females, United States History, Monetary Systems, Banking
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