Teaching Methods: Elementary Social Studies – med555 (3 credits)

This teaching methods course is designed for K-6 elementary educators who teach social studies. 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.

This graduate-level course is 6 weeks. To enroll, speak with an Enrollment Representative.

Social Studies: Thinking Skills and Technology

  • 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.
  • Create a classroom environment that motivates students to learn social studies.


  • All objectives apply.

Social Studies: Designing and Implementing Assessments

  • Design formal and informal social studies assessments.
  • Differentiate the varied types of assessments.
  • Demonstrate understanding of assessment terminology.
  • Differentiate between formative and summative assessments.
  • Utilize additional ways of monitoring and measuring students' progress in social studies.

Social Studies: Purpose and Place

  • Explain why all students should learn social studies.
  • Evaluate the benefits and challenges 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.

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