Integrating Language Arts and Social Studies: 25 Strategies for K-8 Inquiry-Based Learning

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Overview

With an emphasis on active learning, this supplementary text helps busy elementary and middle school teachers engage all students in the vibrant world of social studies. This inquiry-based book presents hands-on explorations, interaction with primary sources, and critical thinking activities, that provide concrete methods to successfully integrate the language arts into the social studies curriculum.

Key Features

  • Promotes the development of literacy skills by authentically integrating language arts
  • Supports differentiated instruction for specific grade levels, English language learners, and students with special needs
  • Connects to standards in language arts, social studies, and technology
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781412971102
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 9/11/2009
  • Pages: 188
  • Sales rank: 471,240
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 10.80 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Leah M. Melber, Ph.D. has nearly 20 years experience within informal and formal science education. She holds a BA in Zoology, an MA in education together with a multiple subject teaching credential for the state of California, and a Ph.D. in educational psychology from the University of Southern California. She has presented widely on inquiry-based instruction and effective methods of connecting with cultural institutions such as museums. In addition to numerous journal articles she has written on this topic, she has recently published a book titled “Informal Learning and Field Trips”. She was awarded the 2001 Informal Educator Award through the California Science Teachers Association. She joined the staff of Lincoln Park Zoo in December of 2008.

Alyce Hunter, Ed.D. has been an administrator and teacher in New Jersey public schools for over twenty five years. She has also taught and continues to teach graduate level courses in educational leadership, social studies education, literacy,content area literacy, and special education. She is affiliated with Wagner College, Rutgers University, Centenary College, and Lesley University. She has published four other books: one on teacher portfolios, one on mentoring, and two on differentiated instruction in the English/language arts classroom.
Additionally Dr. Hunter has written and is a frequent presenter of a workshop she wrote on differentiation of instruction in middle schools for Pre-AP College Board. She has written numerous articles that have appeared in many national publications.

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Table of Contents

Preface
Unit I: Building Research Skills
Strategy 1: Teaching Observation, Questioning, and Inference
Strategy 2: Oral Histories in the Curriculum
Strategy 3: Data Collection and Analysis
Strategy 4: Using Authentic Models
Strategy 5: Images as Primary Sources
Unit II: Connecting to Community
Strategy 6: Personally Relevant History
Strategy 7: Developing Mapping Skills
Strategy 8: Connecting With Cultural Institutions
Strategy 9: Conducting Social Science Fieldwork
Strategy 10: Incorporating Service Learning
Unit III: Multiple Voices
Strategy 11: Connecting With the Visual Arts
Strategy 12: Culturally Responsive Teaching Techniques
Strategy 13: Connecting With Literature
Strategy 14: Authentic Role Play
Strategy 15: Establishing a Pluralist Approach to Content
Unit IV: Past and Present
Strategy 16: Incorporating Historical Reenactment
Strategy 17: Personal Correspondence as a Primary Source
Strategy 18: Systematic Artifact Investigation
Strategy 19: Relevant Approaches to Economics
Strategy 20: Symbolism and Social Studies
Unit V: Understanding Our World
Strategy 21: Connecting to Music Studies
Strategy 22: Currency as a Primary Source
Strategy 23: Stamps as Primary Sources
Strategy 24: Understanding Global Symbols
Strategy 25: Authentic Geography and Cartography Studies
About the Authors

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