Dynamic Social Studies for Constructivist Classrooms: Inspiring Children to Be Social Scientists

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This brief, manageable, dynamic book helps teachers breathe life into their social studies teaching.  The book illustrates the creation of a dynamic social studies classroom with its constructivist framework, key instructional approaches and literacy-based pedagogy, text sets, activities, and classroom vignettes.

The most practical of all social studies methods books, this edition highlights fresh and creative strategies that build key social studies understandings, ...

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Overview

This brief, manageable, dynamic book helps teachers breathe life into their social studies teaching.  The book illustrates the creation of a dynamic social studies classroom with its constructivist framework, key instructional approaches and literacy-based pedagogy, text sets, activities, and classroom vignettes.

The most practical of all social studies methods books, this edition highlights fresh and creative strategies that build key social studies understandings, skills, and values.  The book is highly readable, offering a solid blend of sound theory and descriptions of exciting classroom practice.  Readers will feel they are being escorted through model social studies classrooms and come away from the reading with a clear vision of the most effective and creative way to teach social studies and to motivate elementary students to become social scientists.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780131712706
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall
  • Publication date: 5/18/2005
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 8
  • Pages: 480
  • Product dimensions: 7.46 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.69 (d)

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Bringing the social studies curriculum to life for elementary and middle school students will encourage them to become informed, caring citizens who will make a difference in our world. Dynamic Social Studies for Constructivist Classrooms: Inspiring Tomorrow's Social Scientists is a guide, tool, and reference to help you inspire your students. You'll come away from the reading with a clear vision of the most effective and creative ways to teach social studies and to motivate your students to become social scientists.

 

This brief, manageable text helps teachers breathe life into social studies teaching, illustrating the creation of a dynamic social studies classroom with its constructivist framework, key instructional approaches, literacy-based pedagogy, text sets, activities, and classroom vignettes.

 

Modeling Constructivist Teaching

Constructivism is the most advocated approach for social studies instruction, and the most meaningful methodology for engaging students in their own learning. Building on the fundamental principals of constructivism, this text provides the most comprehensive presentation of constructivist classroom applications in the field.

 

•    New! Part 3: Constructivist Approaches to Classroom Instruction presents threeentire chapters devoted to constructivist teaching covering the Learning Cycle, Cooperative Learning, and Inquiry and Problem Solving, modeling a clear and effective foundation for constructivist social studies teaching.

•    Chapters on Young Historians, Young Geographers, and Young Political Scientists provide fresh perspective and insight into stimulating social studies teaching, capturing what it means to teach children to be social scientists through a constructivist approach!

 

Emphasizing Creative Teaching in Today's Classroom

You'll be escorted through model social studies classrooms, discovering how masterful teachers address the realities of contemporary classrooms to engage and motivate students.

•    New! Inside an Active Classroom features, threaded throughout chapters, bring you right into lively, successful social studies lessons, clearly illustrating exemplar activities and projects from the classrooms of outstanding teachers.

•    New! NCSS headings in every chapter point you toward information that will help you integrate the National Council for the Social Studies Standards in your teaching.

•    New! Literacy connections to social studies teaching are designed to help you better prepare your future social scientists and help you plan for an integrated curriculum.

•    New! Chapter Openings share an

illustrative classroom example identifying one major theme for each chapter and demonstrating how that translates into classroom practice.

•    Authentic classroom samples share children's artwork and writing, illustrating the responses you can expect to receive from your own students when you are successful at motivating and engaging them in social studies learning.

 

 

Providing Dynamic Instructional Tools

This lively new edition clearly illustrates the most effective and creative ways to teach social studies. Beginning with the sound philosophical approach of constructivism, the text offers many practical examples of classroom instruction, and includes the tools to assist you in bringing this framework to life in your own classroom.

 

•    New! Text Sets in every chapter help you engage students in social studies through quality children's literature. These features offer readers an annotated collection of five or six books to use in classrooms to enliven social studies themes and topics, helping readers establish the strong connection between language arts and social studies.

•    Classroom Activities throughout chapters help you develop background knowledge, and provide you with a bank of activities to take into your classroom.

 

 

Addressing the Needs of Pre-Service Teachers and Professors

The new edition presents a very streamlined, applied approach because university students and professors have a limited amount of time and need to focus on the most effective presentation of practices and sound research.

•    Written in a readable, relaxed style, the text engages the reader.

•    The manageable size and reduced price make the text a perfect fit for today's students, who have limited budgets, and today's professors, who have limited time.

•    Supplements available to professors include an online Instructor's Manual with test bank and PowerPoints.

•    A Companion Website is available for coursework and includes self-assessments, web links, advance organizers, and a Syllabus Manager for professors. This CW is designed to engage users, encourage reflection and practice, help readers gauge their understanding of text concepts, and provide professors with meaningful technological integration.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Table of Contents


Foundations of Instruction
Dynamic Social Studies: The Subject You Will Teach     2
What Do You Remember About Social Studies?     6
What Is Social Studies?     8
The Social Sciences     9
The Social Science/Social Studies Connection     12
Defining the Term Social Studies     13
Why Is Social Studies Important?     15
Participatory Citizenship     16
What Are the Major Goals of Elementary School Social Studies Instruction?     17
What Is Dynamic Social Studies?     19
Functional Content     21
Constructivist Teaching Practices     31
Intrinsic Motivation     34
Cross-Curricular Integration     35
Respect for Diversity     37
Afterword     40
References     42
Diversity in the Classroom: The Children You Will Teach     46
What Is Multicultural Education?     48
Cultural Responsiveness     49
Why Is Multicultural Awareness Important?     50
Cultural and Ethnic Diversity     50
Teaching in Culturally Diverse Settings     53
Language Diversity in the Classroom     59
Educating Exceptional Children     61
Gifted Children     68
Multiple Intelligences and Talents     70
Gender     72
Social Class     76
Afterword     78
References     78
Classrooms for Young Social Scientists
Young Historians: Coming Face to Face With the Past     82
What Is History?     87
Why Is History Important?     90
What Should Students Know or Be Able to Do?     92
In General, How Should History Be Taught?     93
Historical Narratives     95
Primary Sources: Connecting With the Past     118
Nonwritten Sources (Artifacts)     133
Chronology     137
Event Chains     138
Timelines     138
Afterword     144
References     145
Young Geographers: Investigating the People/Place Connection     148
What Is Geography?     151
Why Is Geography Important?     155
What Should Young Geographers Know or Be Able to Do?     157
The Five Themes of Geography     157
National Geography Standards     162
In General, How Should Geography Be Taught?     167
Teacher-Guided Discovery      168
Independent Projects     175
Maps: The Tools of Geographers     178
What Is a Map?     179
Introductory Map Skills Experiences     180
Beginning Map Skills Instruction     181
Three-Dimensional Classroom Maps     182
Flat Maps     184
Model Communities     185
Story Maps     186
Mental Maps     186
Refining Map Skills     189
Map Instruction in the Middle and Upper Grades     195
Place Location and Direction     196
Relative Location     199
Map Symbols     202
Scale     203
Understanding the Globe     203
Map Selection for the Classroom     205
Afterword     207
References     207
Young Political Scientists: Future Citizens in Action     208
What Is Civics?     210
Why Is Civics Important?     211
What Should Young Political Scientists Know or Be Able to Do?     212
In General, How Should Civics Be Taught?     215
Informal Civics Instruction     215
Formal Civics Instruction     222
Civic Dispositions and Virtues      236
Critical Thinking     243
Afterword     257
References     259
Constructivist Approaches to Classroom Instruction
The Learning Cycle: Teacher Scaffolded Social Constructivism     260
What Is Constructivism?     264
What Is Social Constructivism?     267
Zones of Development     268
Scaffolding     269
What Is the Teacher's Role in a Social Constructivist Classroom?     270
How Does the Learning Cycle Contribute to Social Constructivism?     271
The Exploration Phase     271
The Development Phase     282
The Concept/Skill Application Phase     304
Afterword     309
References     310
Cooperative Learning: Student-Assisted Social Constructivism     312
What Is Cooperative Learning?     318
How Does Cooperative Learning Work?     318
What Are the Main Features of Cooperative Learning?     322
Determining Group Composition     323
Selecting a Cooperative Learning Strategy     326
Choosing a Reward System     331
What Are the Benefits of Cooperative Learning?     332
Afterword     333
References      334
Inquiry and Problem Solving: Cognitive Constructivism in Action     336
What Is Cognitive Constructivism?     339
What Is Problem-Centered Instruction?     340
Making the Transition to Problem-Centered Instruction     341
How Do Teachers Facilitate Inquiry and Problem Solving?     347
Inquiry Procedures     347
Creative Problem Solving (CPS)     360
Afterword     368
References     368
Key Organizational Decisions
Instructional Planning: The Basis of Successful Teaching     370
Why Is Planning Important?     374
How Are Unit Plans Constructed?     375
Select the Topic for Study     376
Formulate Goals and Objectives     377
Organize the Content     379
Select the Learning Experiences     381
Plan the Learning Experiences     382
Assess Learning and Teaching     391
Afterword     403
References     405
Key Instructional Resources: Going Beyond the Ordinary     406
Doing Something Real     411
Realia     412
Field Trips     416
Resource Persons     417
Depictions of Reality      420
Digital and VHS Cameras     421
Pictures and Study Prints     423
Integrating the Arts     424
Involvement in the Arts     425
The Visual Arts     427
Music     429
Creative Movement and Dance     430
Drama     431
Textbooks and Trade Books     436
Textbooks     437
Trade Books     439
Newspapers     442
Electronic Newspapers     444
Current Affairs Periodicals     445
Computers     445
Tutorial Software     446
Problem-Solving Software     446
Simulation Software     447
Word Processing     447
Telecommunications     448
Hypermedia (Presentation Software)     450
Afterword     451
References     452
Author Index     455
Subject Index     459
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