This methods course is designed for elementary educators who teach social studies in the K–8 classroom. Participants learn to facilitate student-centered, differentiated learning. Participants explore hands-on strategies for designing and implementing cross-curricular work, integrating literacy, creating assessments, and incorporating 21st-century technology to engage learners.
Explain why all students should learn social studies.
Evaluate the pros and cons of standards-based education.
Identify the major themes of the National Social Studies Standards.
Determine the role civic values should play in social studies curricula.
Social Studies: Designing and Implementing Instruction
Create social studies instruction that aligns to state and national standards.
Adapt social studies instruction to meet the needs of diverse learners.
Develop instruction that connects social studies to other core disciplines.
Social Studies: Integrating Literacy
Integrate literacy materials, skills, and strategies into social studies instruction.
Evaluate textbooks and technological resources for use in the social studies classroom.
Determine ways of using quality trade book literature in lessons and throughout units.
Utilize writing activities to enhance and reinforce comprehension of content.
Social Studies: Designing and Implementing Assessments
Demonstrate understanding of assessment terminology.
Differentiate the varied types of assessments.
Differentiate between formative and summative assessments.
Utilize additional ways of monitoring and measuring students’ progress in social studies.
Design formal and informal social studies assessments.
Social Studies: Thinking Skills and Technology
Create a classroom environment that motivates students to learn social studies.
Create social studies instruction that supports learning through multiple perspectives.
Determine strategies to promote creative and analytical thinking in social studies.
Integrate technology to support student-centered learning in social studies.
All objectives apply.
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