50 Social Studies Strategies for K-8 Classrooms / Edition 3

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This popular book of 50 strategies for enhancing social studies learning in K-8 classrooms offers valuable ideas and applications for pre-service and practicing teachers alike. Always appreciated for its connections between theory, research, and practice, and the extensions provided through web sites and references, this new edition enhances those strengths by providing assessment ideas and website resources for every strategy. Eight conceptually-organized overarching strategies to facilitate organizing a social studies classroom precede forty-two social-studies specific strategies —organized alphabetically and introduced by grade level and National Council for Social Studies (NCSS) standards indicators.

This handy resource provides models, examples, and assessments from real teachers and students, so that pre-service teachers may be successful in their student teaching and field experiences and first years in the classroom and practicing teachers may freshen their social studies teaching with some new ideas.

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Editorial Reviews

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“I appreciate students’ needs for hands-on activities and this [book] certainly provides them with many authentic and engaging strategies.”

- Alison Black, State University of New York at Oneonta

“[R]elevant and easy to use for novice teachers or experienced teachers.”

-Carol Klages, University of Houston-Victoria

“[A] welcome supplement and a much needed resource in the professional literature.”

-Denise M. Littleton, Norfolk State University

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780137050154
  • Publisher: Pearson
  • Publication date: 3/4/2010
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 10.80 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Kathryn M. Obenchain, Ph.D., teaches undergraduate elementary and secondary social studies methods, as well as graduate courses in social studies education and research methods. She is currently an assistant professor at the University of Texas at Austin. She has worked extensively with the northern Nevada Teaching American History Program and is co-founder and co-director of the "Research in Romania" study-abroad program.

Ronald V. Morris, Ph.D., teaches methods of elementary social studies to graduate and undergraduate students in the Department of History at Ball State University, and he offers teacher in-service. He is the (2009) author of: Bringing History to Life: First-Person Historical Presentations in Elementary and Middle Classrooms (Rowman & Littlefield Education).

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Table of Contents


Summary of the National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) Curriculum Strands

PART 1 General Social Studies Instructional Strategies

1 Community Building

2 Establishing a Democratic Classroom

3 Developing Multiple Perspectives

4 Concept Development and Concept Attainment

5 Discovery

6 Inquiry

7 Questioning

8 Primary Sources

PART 2 Specific Social Studies Instructional Strategies to Advance Content Knowledge and Skills Development

9 Archeological Digs

10 Architecture and Landscape Design Significance

11 Case Studies

12 Cemetery Studies

13 Community Maps

14 Custom Boxes

15 Decision Trees and Decision Grids

16 Digital Storytelling

17 Discerning Qualifications

18 Field Trips of Distinction

19 Flannel Boards

20 Folk Culture

21 Games

22 Genealogies

23 Globes

24 Graphic Organizers

25 Guest Speakers

26 Historical Characters

27 Historical Reenactments

28 Home Living Centers

29 Interactive Bulletin Boards

30 Learning Centers

31 Literature Book Clubs

32 Media Literacy

33 Mini-Society

34 Mock Trials

35 Model Factory

36 Museum Exhibits

37 Music History

38 Newspaper Making

39 Oral Histories

40 Pen Pals

41 Readers’ Theater

42 Role Playing

43 Sand Table Maps

44 Service-Learning

45 Story Boards

46 Time Lines

47 Trash Trail

48 Traveling Ambassador

49 Video Productions

50 WebQuests

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  • Posted March 3, 2010

    Amazing Teacher Resource!

    This is an amazing social studies book for any elementary teacher. I absolutely love how organized the information is in this book. It has the most amazing ways to bring social studies to life in the classroom. I recommend this book for any teacher!!! Great addition to the classroom collection!!

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