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.
Determine strategies to promote creative and analytical thinking in social studies.
Create social studies instruction that supports learning through multiple perspectives.
Create a classroom environment that motivates students to learn social studies.
Integrate technology to support student-centered learning in social studies.
Social Studies: Designing and Implementing Assessments
Design formal and informal social studies assessments.
Utilize additional ways of monitoring and measuring students’ progress in social studies.
Differentiate between formative and summative assessments.
Differentiate the varied types of assessments.
Demonstrate understanding of assessment terminology.
Social Studies: Integrating Literacy
Utilize writing activities to enhance and reinforce comprehension of content.
Determine ways of using quality trade book literature in lessons and throughout units.
Evaluate textbooks and technological resources for use in the social studies classroom.
Integrate literacy materials, skills, and strategies into social studies instruction.
All objectives apply.
Social Studies: Designing and Implementing Instruction
Develop instruction that connects social studies to other core disciplines.
Adapt social studies instruction to meet the needs of diverse learners.
Create social studies instruction that aligns to state and national standards.
Social Studies: Purpose and Place
Determine the role civic values should play in social studies curricula.
Identify the major themes of the National Social Studies Standards.
Evaluate the pros and cons of standards-based education.
Explain why all students should learn social studies.
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