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Kenna, Joshua L.; Waters, Stewart – Clearing House: A Journal of Educational Strategies, Issues and Ideas, 2017
Geography is a fun and exciting discipline involving the interrogation of place and space. Film is a powerful and meaningful tool, which also transmits perceptions of place and space. Therefore, this article builds a rationale for utilizing film in the teaching of geography, particularly animated film. Next, it discusses two classroom-tested…
Descriptors: Geography, Films, Social Studies, Teaching Methods
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Kumler, Lori – Social Education, 2012
"Plan B: Mobilizing to Save Civilization," has much to offer nearly any social studies classroom from 9th grade to college levels. The film is based on Lester R. Brown's book by the same name and is the 12th episode in the Journey to Planet Earth public television series. The film illustrates the complexity of climate change and its connections to…
Descriptors: Social Studies, Classrooms, Grade 9, Secondary Education
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Caldwell, Martha – Middle School Journal (J1), 2012
In Inquiry into Identity: Race, Class, and Gender (RCG), an eighth grade social studies class, the students' stories serve as springboards for higher-order learning. Through sharing personal experiences and listening to one another respectfully, students form a learning community in which deep, critical thinking naturally emerges. They gain…
Descriptors: Social Studies, Communication Skills, Critical Thinking, Grade 8
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Russell, William B., III – Clearing House: A Journal of Educational Strategies, Issues and Ideas, 2012
Teaching with film is a powerful and meaningful instructional strategy. This article discusses five classroom-tested methods for teaching with film: (1) film as a visual textbook, (2) film as a depicter of atmosphere, (3) film as an analogy, (4) film as a historiography, and (5) film as a springboard. Each of the methods discussed includes…
Descriptors: Educational Strategies, Historiography, Films, Social Studies
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Doppen, Frans H.; Feinberg, Joseph R.; Arrowood-Schultheis, Chelsie M. – Citizenship, Social and Economics Education, 2014
The purpose of this study was to use the US naturalization test as a springboard to gauge the citizenship knowledge and notions of young adolescent students in Ohio and Georgia. The participants' citizenship knowledge was partially measured by administering questions from the US naturalization test in two case studies. Students from a range of…
Descriptors: Citizenship, Citizenship Education, Tests, Student Evaluation
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Britton, Stacey; Tippins, Deborah; Cajigal, Aris; Cox, Melissa; Cole, Gerri; Vazquez, Max; Trejo, Martha Cabrera; Guzman, Amelia – Science Scope, 2010
Using migration as a springboard, students can begin to understand patterns of survival and interdependence that exist within nature, as well as humankind's role in modifying these patterns. This mini-unit involves a series of integrated activities designed to take middle school students (fifth through eighth grades) on a journey of the eastern…
Descriptors: Animals, Marine Biology, Motion, Middle School Students
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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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Martinson, David L. – Social Studies, 2008
Critics charge that social studies education often fails at the most rudimentary level because there is a tendency to "play it safe" by focusing on general abstractions while avoiding discussion of specific--and often times controversial--topics. In this article, the author argues that one way in which social studies teachers can overcome such…
Descriptors: Social Studies, Teaching Methods, Religious Cultural Groups, Thinking Skills
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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
Choi, Yoonjung – ProQuest LLC, 2012
This study explores three Korean American social studies teachers' experiences of teaching social studies, focusing on their curricular and pedagogical perceptions and practices. Framed by sociocultural theory, this study aims to shed light on the heterogeneous stories and socially and culturally contextualized teaching experiences of Korean…
Descriptors: Korean Americans, Social Studies, Teaching Experience, Public School Teachers
Piper, Judy – Writing Notebook: Visions for Learning, 1992
Presents three activities that use literature as a springboard for the study of history/social science and as a prompt for original writing. (SR)
Descriptors: Class Activities, Content Area Writing, Elementary Secondary Education, Social Studies
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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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Epstein, Terrie; Shiller, Jessica – Social Education, 2005
State and national social studies standards have laid out what young people need to know about history, government, and other social studies subjects, but they do not provide information on what young people actually know and believe about a subject. The perspectives or frameworks of knowledge and beliefs that young people bring to their social…
Descriptors: History Instruction, Social Studies, Identification (Psychology), Racial Identification
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Eckert, Edward K. – History Teacher, 1979
Briefly discusses projects in local history from elementary to graduate level. Suggests that projects can serve as a springboard for broader study and a building block for an appreciation of United States History and western civilization. (Author/KC)
Descriptors: Community Study, Elementary Secondary Education, Higher Education, History Instruction
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Massialas, Bryon G. – Social Education, 1972
Program infusion, unit of study and separate course approaches to population education are discussed. Springboards" are though provoking materials which motivate students into conducting an inquiry on the subject. Teacher questioning techniques are illustrated. (VW)
Descriptors: Classroom Techniques, Course Content, Curriculum Development, Population Education
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