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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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Ekiss, Gale Olp; Trapido-Lurie, Barbara; Phillips, Judy; Hinde, Elizabeth – Social Studies and the Young Learner, 2007
Maps and mapping activities are essential in the primary grades. Maps are truly ubiquitous today, as evidenced by the popularity of websites such as Google Earth and Mapquest, and by devices such as Global Positioning System (GPS) units in cars, planes, and boats. Maps can give visual settings to travel stories and historical narratives and can…
Descriptors: Geography, Maps, Social Studies, Elementary Education
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Craddock, Alden W. – Social Studies and the Young Learner, 2004
Public school teachers are careful not to promote or celebrate any religious holiday, but the appearance of Easter on the calendar can be the springboard for exploring the culture and history of the people of a region of the world that was, for many years, hidden by the politics of the Cold War. Ukraine is the home of arguably the world's most…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Jews, Holidays, Social Studies
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Morris, Ronald Vaughan – Social Studies and the Young Learner, 1998
Describes three kinds of artifact kits (the Archaeology Dig kit, Grandmother's Trunk, and the Cultural Mystery kit) that teachers can assemble for use in their classrooms that provide links to multiple literacy events for students. Gives a list of selected sources for artifacts that will enable teachers to create artifact kits. (CMK)
Descriptors: Critical Thinking, Cultural Pluralism, Elementary Education, Hypothesis Testing