Social Studies Excursions, K-3: Book Two: Powerful Units on Communication, Transportation, and Family Living

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The problem with most social studies textbooks is that they lack the content K-3 students need to develop basic social understandings-despite the fact that this is one of the goals of most state and district curriculum guides. With Social Studies Excursions, K-3, Janet Alleman and Jere Brophy offer a better alternative. They provide units structured around powerful ideas, developed in...

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Overview

Review how these units align with the National Council for Social Studies Curriculum Standards.

The problem with most social studies textbooks is that they lack the content K-3 students need to develop basic social understandings-despite the fact that this is one of the goals of most state and district curriculum guides. With Social Studies Excursions, K-3, Janet Alleman and Jere Brophy offer a better alternative. They provide units structured around powerful ideas, developed in depth with applications to outside life, creating a far more substantive program than any major textbook can support.

This is the second in a three-volume series in which the authors present instructional units on cultural universals for the primary grades. Here, the focus is on communication, transportation, and family living. Although similar units are found in other textbooks, Alleman and Brophy's provide much more depth. They help teachers concentrate on content that is basic and familiar to students, addressing fundamental aspects of the human condition and connecting with experience-based knowledge. In addition to reaffirming what students already know, these units help teachers impart knowledge about the cultural universals unfamiliar to students, develop connections to help students transform scattered bits of information into a network of integrated knowledge, and guide students in applying this knowledge to their lives outside of school.

Social Studies Excursions, K-3 has been developed primarily for teachers who are looking for a supplement to-if not substitute for-their primary-grade textbook. Teacher educators will find it a one-of-a-kind resource. Staff developers will find it an excellent reference for workshops and presentations on how to create a more powerful social studies program that reflects reform standards.

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This is the second book in a three-volume resource set for primary- grade educators, providing instructional units on cultural universals<-->basic human needs and social experiences found in all societies, past and present, including food, clothing, shelter, family living, communication, transportation, government, money, and childhood. The units are structured around powerful ideas and designed to allow in-depth study, with attention to application of the material outside of the classroom. This text can be used as an alternative or a supplement to traditional, primary-grade social studies textbooks. Both authors are in the teacher education department at Michigan State U. No subject index. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780325003160
  • Publisher: Heinemann
  • Publication date: 3/4/2002
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 336
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.69 (d)

Meet the Author

Janet Alleman is a professor in the Department of Teacher Education at Michigan State University. She previously coauthored Powerful Social Studies for Elementary Students with Jere Brophy.

Jere Brophy is a professor in the Department of Teacher Education at Michigan State University. He previously coauthored Powerful Social Studies for Elementary Students with Janet Alleman.

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Table of Contents

Communication

What Is It? Why Is It So Important?

Means and Functions of Communication

Changes in Communication Over Time

Types of Communication: Personal Interactive and Personal Delayed Interactive

Mass Communication

A Trip to a Television Station

Careers in Communication

Signs and Symbols: Nonverbal Communication

Communication: Languages

Maps: Tools for Communication

Communication: Being a Responsible Citizen

Decision Making: Communicating a Cause or Publicizing a Good or Service

Decision Making: Mass Media (Television)

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Transportation

What Is It? Why Is It So Important?

Changes in Transportation Over Time

Types of Transportation

Passenger Transportation

Emergency Vehicles

Mass Production

Transportation: Necessary Regulations

Maps: Tools for Transportation

Human Designs and Construction Facilitate Travel

Transportation Around the World: More Alike than Different

A Visit to a Local Transportation Facility: Train Station, Airport, or Harbor

Decision Making: Which Mode? Which Means?

Careers in Transportation

Transportation: Being a Responsible Citizen

Cars and Trucks: An Environmental Challenge

Transportation: An Authentic Assessment

Family Living

What Is a Family?

Many Kinds of Families

Families Change

Family Life Has Changed Over Time

Geographic Influences on Family Life

Family Celebrations

Our Family Ancestors: Immigrants to the New World

Recent Immigrants to America and Their Family Practices

Families Teach and Learn

Family Rules and Responsibilities

Strategies That Enhance Family Life

Family Assistance

Families as Citizens

Family Support

Family Living: A Celebration of Our Learning

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