Published on August 3, 2014
Rationale: Rationale This teach back has helped me put into practice what I have learned at ACE. ACE taught me the importance of lesson integrations and the use of technology in the classroom. As a Social Studies teacher, I believe that I should not isolate the subject. It works well with Language Arts/Reading. I read the book Ways That Work: Putting Social Studies Standards into Practice by Tarry Lindquist. I then created this teach back to present to the 3 rd -6 th grade teachers at my school. I think it benefited them because many times Social Studies is the forgotten. Since it is not currently tested here in Florida, the teachers tend to focus on Reading and Math. Social Studies can easily be integrated with Language Arts. I also included some fun Social Studies activities. Many times, teachers feel the need to teach from the textbook. I believe that it should only be used as a resource Angela Gulin 6 th Grade World History Teacher American College of Education Ways That Work Putting Social Studies Standards into Practice : Ways That Work Putting Social Studies Standards into Practice What is Social Studies?: What is Social Studies? Integrated study of the social sciences and humanities to promote civic competence. The purpose of social studies is to help young people develop the ability to make informed and reason decisions for the public good as citizens of a culturally diverse, democratic society in an interdependent world. Integrated Skills: Integrated Skills Have students apply language arts skills through social studies -Compare/Contrast historical events -Write personal letters to historical figures -Persuasive speeches Organizational strategies, grammar, and writing skills are all approached, applied, and extended through social studies content Authentic Assessment (peak experience): Authentic Assessment (peak experience) Instead of giving a test, have students apply their newly acquired knowledge and skills in a way they will remember it. -play -presentation -reenactment -performance -exhibit -demonstration -game Here are some activities mentioned in the book -Trade Fair -Cultural Data Disks -Shadow Puppets: Here are some activities mentioned in the book -Trade Fair -Cultural Data Disks -Shadow Puppets Trade Fair: Trade Fair To give students a better understanding of trading and bartering they should bring some handcrafter or homemade wares to school (cookies, bookmarks, clay beads). Students then simulate a marketplace with their desks and trade with their classmates After trading, ask students “what just happened?” The discussion that follows is a good time to introduce vocabulary words like supply, demand, and scarcity Cultural Data Disks: Cultural Data Disks Designed to emphasize the relationships between environment and culture Students create a civilization In the outer part of the disk should have the labels climate, natural resources, form of government, population, and chief products The inner part of the disk should be labeled shelter, clothing, traditions, education, food, and economic system. After creating their civilization and filling in the labels the students will analyze how the outer labels affect the inner labels. Shadow Puppets: Shadow Puppets Students develop short plays to demonstrate their understanding of the Bill of Rights. In groups of three, they create characters who demonstrate what might have happened if we had lost this right in the past or what might happen if we lost the right today. PowerPoint Presentation: Studying people, places, and environments helps students move their locus of comprehension from the personal to a broader, more elastic plane. It is more of a journey than a destination. We need to permit our students to end a unit of study with questions, perhaps with more questions than when we began. Social Studies should not be forgotten in the classroom. It can be integrated with other subjects easily. Social Studies Matters Activities Created By Me: Activities Created By Me Jeopardy Game (Chapter Review).ppt Harriet Tubman Vocabulary Lesson (Social Studies & Language Arts).pptx Five Regions of the USA 3rd grade Webquest.pptx Evaluation: Evaluation What do you see as your greatest gift/ability when teaching Social Studies? What do you see as your greatest challenge when teaching Social Studies? Would you recommend this session to colleagues? What did you like the most about the lessons?