The Essentials of Social Studies, Grades K-8

Effective Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment

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Author: Kathy Checkley

Publisher: ASCD

ISBN: 1416606459

Category: Education

Page: 86

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In today's climate of accountability and high-stakes testing, many U.S. schools are choosing to focus on the three Rs to the exclusion of other subjects, including social studies. Yet it is more crucial than ever for schools to foster the qualities that will enable students to actively participate in a democratic and global society. The Essentials of Social Studies, Grades K-8 takes a look at how innovative educators are helping students to hone these skills. Readers of this book will learn more about *The challenges that elementary and middle school teachers face in keeping social studies in the curriculum. * How to align social studies lessons with curriculum standards. * Strategies to infuse social studies instruction with passion and purpose. * Ways to promote students' deep understanding of social studies content. * Why lessons and assessments should give students opportunities to solve problems, work on projects, and engage in simulations. * How social studies can prepare students for a lifetime of active civic involvement. * Professional development that will help teachers bring the social studies curriculum to life in the classroom. The future of the United States in no small part depends on how well social studies teachers prepare students to assume their responsibilities as citizens. The Essentials of Social Studies, Grades K-8 will help teachers rise to this considerable challenge.

Essentials of Elementary Social Studies

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Author: William B. Russell III,Stewart Waters,Thomas N. Turner

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1136185763

Category: Education

Page: 288

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Essentials of Elementary Social Studies is a teacher friendly text that provides comprehensive treatment of classroom planning, instruction, and strategies. Praised for its dynamic approaches and a writing style that is conversational, personal, and professional, this text enables and encourages teachers to effectively teach elementary social studies using creative and active learning strategies. New to this Edition This fourth edition has been significantly refined with new and relevant topics and strategies needed for effectively teaching elementary social studies. • Keeping with the book’s emphasis on planning and teaching, a full, new chapter on lesson plans has been added. This chapter is designed to provide elementary teachers with 14 classroom tested lessons for each grade level (K-6). • A new chapter on technology is designed to better prepare elementary teachers to effectively teach social studies with technology. Attention is given to digital history, media literacy, teaching with film and music, and numerous other types of impactful technology. • Each chapter now includes a “Resources” section. The resources section provides various resources for further development. The section includes articles, books, and web resources. • Each chapter now includes “Extension” and "Focus" activities. These activities provide readers with the opportunity to extend the learning experience with relevant and meaningful scenarios. Instructors can also use the extension and focus activities as class activities. • Brand new companion website expands on chapter content and provides resources for further study (www.routledge.com/cw/Turner).

The Essentials of Science, Grades 7-12

Effective Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment

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Author: Rick Allen

Publisher: ASCD

ISBN: 141660572X

Category: Education

Page: 141

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Where is U.S. secondary-level science education heading today? That's the question that The Essentials of Science, Grades 7-12 sets out to answer. Over the last century, U.S. science classes have consistently relied on lectures, textbooks, rote memorization, and lab demonstrations. But with the onset of NCLB-mandated science testing and increased concern over the United States' diminishing global stature in science and technology, public pressure is mounting to educate students for a deeper conceptual understanding of science. Through lively examples of classroom practice, interviews with award-winning science teachers and science education experts, and a wide-ranging look at research, readers will learn * How to make use of research within the cognitive sciences to foster critical thinking and deeper understanding. * How to use backward design to bring greater coherence to the curriculum. * Innovative, engaging ideas for implementing scientific inquiry in the classroom. * Holistic strategies to address the complex problems of the achievement gap, equity, and resources in the science classroom. * Strategies for dealing with both day-to-day and NCLB assessments. * How professional learning communities and mentoring can help teachers reexamine and improve their practice. Today's secondary science teachers are faced with an often-overwhelming array of challenges. The Essentials of Science, Grades 7-12 can help educators negotiate these challenges while making their careers more productive and rewarding.

Arts with the Brain in Mind

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Author: Eric Jensen

Publisher: ASCD

ISBN: 1416600744

Category: Education

Page: 150

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Publisher description: This book presents the definitive case, based on what we know about the brain and learning, for making arts a core part of the basic curriculum and thoughtfully integrating them into every subject. Separate chapters address musical, visual, and kinesthetic arts in ways that reveal their influence on learning.

Activities for Elementary School Social Studies

Third Edition

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Author: James W. Stockard, Jr.,Mary Margaret Wogan

Publisher: Waveland Press

ISBN: 1478629029

Category: Education

Page: 352

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According to Piaget, all higher-order thinking skills have their bases in activities involving concrete manipulation and observation. The third edition of this highly regarded collection of social studies activities continues to be based on the premise that children learn best through experiences and activities—learning by doing. It features new activities for each social studies category (geography, history, anthropology, sociology, economics, political science, and interdisciplinary). Three important new additions to the key elements of the easy-to-follow activity format make it easier for instructors to meet standards-based curriculum requirements: A detailed treatment of National Council of Social Studies standards addressed; specific multiple intelligences addressed (also reinforced by a multiple intelligences section in the back of the book); and useful Web site(s) for group/individual research (URLs for sites that will expand or enrich the learning experience for the activity). By engaging pupils in meaningful, worthwhile social studies activities, instructors can emphasize the processes of learning rather than the products, resulting in a richly rewarding experience for pupils and teacher alike.

First Grade Essentials for Social Studies: Everything You Need - In One Great Resource!

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Author: Carole Marsh

Publisher: Everything Book

ISBN: 9780635126368

Category: Education

Page: N.A

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The 1st Grade Essentials for Social Studies: Everything You Need - In One Great Resource! Is a standards-based book that includes more than 100 1st Grade-specific reproducible pages covering topics essential for instruction. Fun attractive pages present content concisely and clearlymaking it easy-to-read and easy-to-understand! "Everything you needin one great resource!

Engaging Minds in Social Studies Classrooms

The Surprising Power of Joy

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Author: James A. Erekson

Publisher: ASCD

ISBN: 1416617272

Category: Education

Page: 58

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Political intrigue. Environmental issues. Ethical dilemmas. Critical thinking. Problem solving. Social studies content is directly connected to real life and is filled with built-in hooks to transform tuned-out students into engaged and enthusiastic learners. Experiencing schoolwide elections, researching a cause, and participating in mock court cases are just a few ways to build the joyful self-efficacy and knowledge that students need for college, careers, and civic-minded adulthood. Springing from the insights and research in Engaging Minds in the Classroom: The Surprising Power of Joy, Erekson explains how to integrate the joyful learning approach with social studies standards, including the Common Core, the National Curriculum Standards for Social Studies, and the College, Career, and Civic Life framework. In addition to discussing how to create a student-centered classroom and develop activities that generate authentic products and meaningful outcomes, Erekson provides specific strategies that will enhance your own joy of teaching and learning. This volume completes the set of Engaging Minds, and is a welcome addition to every teacher's reference collection. James A. Erekson is a former elementary teacher and has collaborated with K-12 teachers on reading, writing, and oral language. He has successfully used social studies content to help students develop into stronger readers and writers and is an associate professor of reading at University of Northern Colorado.

The Essentials of Teaching Health Education

Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment

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Author: Benes, Sarah,Alperin, Holly

Publisher: Human Kinetics

ISBN: 1492507636

Category: Education

Page: 320

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The Essentials of Teaching Health Education presents a skills-based approach to teaching K-12 health education—one that will prepare your students for success in school and beyond. You’ll learn practical approaches to putting the contents in action and rely on an array of teaching and assessment strategies.

Essential Questions

Opening Doors to Student Understanding

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Author: Jay McTighe,Grant Wiggins

Publisher: ASCD

ISBN: 1416615709

Category: Education

Page: 119

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What are "essential questions," and how do they differ from other kinds of questions? What's so great about them? Why should you design and use essential questions in your classroom? Essential questions (EQs) help target standards as you organize curriculum content into coherent units that yield focused and thoughtful learning. In the classroom, EQs are used to stimulate students' discussions and promote a deeper understanding of the content. Whether you are an Understanding by Design (UbD) devotee or are searching for ways to address standards--local or Common Core State Standards--in an engaging way, Jay McTighe and Grant Wiggins provide practical guidance on how to design, initiate, and embed inquiry-based teaching and learning in your classroom. Offering dozens of examples, the authors explore the usefulness of EQs in all K-12 content areas, including skill-based areas such as math, PE, language instruction, and arts education. As an important element of their backward design approach to designing curriculum, instruction, and assessment, the authors *Give a comprehensive explanation of why EQs are so important; *Explore seven defining characteristics of EQs; *Distinguish between topical and overarching questions and their uses; *Outline the rationale for using EQs as the focal point in creating units of study; and *Show how to create effective EQs, working from sources including standards, desired understandings, and student misconceptions. Using essential questions can be challenging--for both teachers and students--and this book provides guidance through practical and proven processes, as well as suggested "response strategies" to encourage student engagement. Finally, you will learn how to create a culture of inquiry so that all members of the educational community--students, teachers, and administrators--benefit from the increased rigor and deepened understanding that emerge when essential questions become a guiding force for learners of all ages.

Teaching Social Studies Today

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Author: Shoob, Sara

Publisher: Shell Education

ISBN: 1618139193

Category: Education

Page: 202

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Featuring sound educational strategies based on solid research and proven methodology, this exceptional resource provides teachers with best practices in social studies instruction that can be immediately implemented in the classroom. Authored by two social studies experts with more than 60 years combined classroom experience, this resource is designed for anyone who is interested in current educational theory and best practice. Packed with various teaching methods and techniques, up-to-date research-based theory and practical applications, this book is great for new and experienced teachers. This resource is aligned to the interdisciplinary themes from the Partnership for 21st Century Skills.

50 Social Studeies Strategies for K-8 Classrooms

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Author: Kathryn M. Obenchain,Ronald V. Morris

Publisher: Pearson College Division

ISBN: 9780133783681

Category: Education

Page: 240

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This title is only available as a loose-leaf version with Pearson eText. In 50 Social Studies Strategies for K-8 Classroom, pre-service and practicing teachers get well-explained, useful, meaningful ideas--including 50 ready-to-use strategies--for engaging elementary and middle school students in learning social studies. The strategies are easily adaptable to individual teachers' classroom configurations and needs, and include multiple types of assessment tools that give teachers options in assessing their students. Each strategy is organized for flexibility and ease of use and includes links to the National Council for the Social Studies national curriculum standards, links to the Common Core Strategies, procedural recommendations, application ideas, differentiation sections, assessment sections, references and resources, and more. The strategies are designed to help teachers plan effective social studies lessons using multiple types of student groups, while also accounting for the diversity of learners in today's classrooms. The new Fourth Edition includes updating, revisions, and additions to the strategies throughout. 0133783685 / 9780133783681 50 Social Studies Strategies for K-8 Classrooms, Loose-Leaf Version with Pearson eText -- Access Card Package Package consists of: 013374096X / 9780133740967 50 Social Studies Strategies for K-8 Classrooms, Loose-Leaf Version 0133823172 / 9780133823172 50 Social Studies Strategies for K-8 Classrooms, Pearson eText -- Access Card

Strategies to Integrate the Arts in Social Studies

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Author: Jennifer M. Bogard,Maureen Creegan-Quinquis

Publisher: Teacher Created Materials

ISBN: 1425895336

Category: EDUCATION

Page: 0

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This teacher-friendly resource provides practical arts-based strategies for classroom teachers to use in teaching social studies content. Overview information and model lessons are provided for each strategy and ideas are provided for grades K-2, 3-5, 6-8, and 9-12. The strategies addressed within the book allow teachers to make social studies instruction come alive and best meet students' needs.

Social Studies Through the Year

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Author: Teacher Created Materials Inc,Deborah P. Cerbus

Publisher: Teacher Created Resources

ISBN: 1576904679

Category: Education

Page: 384

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Loaded with social activities for the whole school year for primary grades.

The Essential Questions Handbook, Grades 4-8

Hundreds of Guiding Questions That Help You Plan and Teach Successful Lessons in the Content Areas

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Author: Scholastic Teaching Resources

Publisher: Scholastic Teaching Resources

ISBN: 9780545305853

Category: Education

Page: 96

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This teacher time-saver is packed with big questions that dig deep into 40 top themes and topics in math, language arts, science, and social studies.

Making the Most of Understanding by Design

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Author: John L. Brown

Publisher: ASCD

ISBN: 0871208601

Category: Education

Page: 205

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Incorporating advice and guidelines from educators throughout the United States, explores how to implement the framework for improving student achievement and school performance outlined in "Understanding by Design" by Grant P. Wiggins.

Essentials of Science Classroom Assessment

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Author: Xiufeng Liu

Publisher: SAGE Publications

ISBN: 1412961017

Category: Education

Page: 199

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Grounded in the constructivist inquiry approach to science teaching and learning, Essentials of Science Classroom Assessment bridges science assessment research and practice, and connects science assessment and learning. This book will help students in science methods courses to develop essential skills in conducting science assessment to support student learning. The chapters parallel a typical structure of a science methods course, making the integration of this text into a science methods course seamless. Due to its practical and concise nature, this book is also ideal for practicing science teachers to use as a professional development resource.

Social Studies 2003 Workbook Grade 3

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Author: 편집부

Publisher: Scott Foresman

ISBN: 9780328019403

Category: Education

Page: 92

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Scott Foresman Social Studies (©2008) components for Building A Nation.

The Story of the World: History for the Classical Child: Ancient Times: From the Earliest Nomads to the Last Roman Emperor (Revised Second Edition) (Vol. 1) (Story of the World)

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Author: Susan Wise Bauer

Publisher: Peace Hill Press

ISBN: 1942968000

Category: Education

Page: 338

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This first book in the four-volume narrative history series for elementary students will transform your study of history. The Story of the World has won awards from numerous homeschooling magazines and readers' polls—over 150,000 copies of the series in print! What terrible secret was buried in Shi Huangdi's tomb? Did nomads like lizard stew? What happened to Anansi the Spider in the Village of the Plantains? And how did a six-year-old become the last emperor of Rome? Told in a straightforward, engaging style that has become Susan Wise Bauer's trademark, The Story of the World series covers the sweep of human history from ancient times until the present. Africa, China, Europe, the Americas—find out what happened all around the world in long-ago times. This first revised volume begins with the earliest nomads and ends with the last Roman emperor. Newly revised and updated, The Story of the World, Volume 1 includes maps, a new timeline, more illustrations, and additional parental aids. This read-aloud series is designed for parents to share with elementary-school children. Enjoy it together and introduce your child to the marvelous story of the world's civilizations. Each Story of the World volume provides a full year of history study when combined with the Activity Book, Audiobook, and Tests—each available separately to accompany each volume of The Story of the World Text Book. Volume 1 Grade Recommendation: Grades 1-5.

Leading with Focus

Elevating the Essentials for School and District Improvement

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Author: Mike Schmoker

Publisher: ASCD

ISBN: 1416621369

Category: Education

Page: 148

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In his 2011 ASCD best-seller Focus: Elevating the Essentials to Radically Improve Student Learning, author Mike Schmoker described a fresh pproach to K-12 teaching built on three core elements: a focused and coherent curriculum; clear, prioritized lessons; and purposeful reading and writing, or authentic literacy. Now, in Leading with Focus, he shows administrators, principals, and other education leaders how to apply his model to the work of running schools and districts. In this companion to his previous book, Schmoker offers * An overview of the case for simple, focused school and district leadership--demonstrating its power for vastly improving the work of teachers and leaders. * Examples of real schools and districts that have embraced focused leadership--and the incredible results for student learning. * A practical, flexible, and easy-to-follow implementation guide for ensuring focused leadership in schools and districts. All students deserve to learn in schools where educators eschew distractions and superfluous activities to concentrate on what’s most important. To that end, this book is an essential resource for leaders ready to streamline their practice and focus their efforts on radically improving student learning.