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Making Connections in Elementary and Middle School Social Studies
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Making Connections in Elementary and Middle School Social Studies



December 2005 | 480 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
Making Connections in Elementary and Middle School Social Studies is based on the idea that students learn more and are more motivated to learn when they are able to connect their own knowledge, observations, ideas, imagination, and emotions with the content at hand. This book demonstrates how personal connections can be incorporated into social studies education while meeting NCSS thematic, pedagogical, and disciplinary standards. It is written in a very direct, reader-friendly style. Each chapter describes a variety of practical strategies and creative activities that novice and experienced teachers can use to make social studies more interesting and to help students make meaningful personal and academic connections.

Each chapter contains a wealth of classroom strategies, pedagogical techniques, activities, and lesson plan ideas that can be used to enhance learning and make lessons more interesting, active, and student-centered.

The book covers the three types of standards that elementary and middle school teachers work with as they teach social studies.

o Thinking Ahead questions invite the reader to reflect on his/her own experiences, as they relate to the material covered in the next chapter. These can be used as discussion points for a class or small group, or simply as pre-reading prompts to enhance comprehension.

o Teachers in Action boxes contain real life narratives from practicing teachers. These cases are designed to expand upon key issues presented in each chapter. Every case is accompanied by the author's personal reflection on the case. These reflections are intended to give the reader an opinion against which he/she can measure his/her own reactions. After each case, the reader is prompted to think about the narrative presented and think about the way that his/her reactions compare with those presented by the author.

o Go There boxes provide links to Web sites that offer additional resources for teachers, lesson plans, and other activities to enhance a social studies classroom.

This text is accompanied by a dynamic Instructor's Resources CD. The CD includes classroom video footage that can be shown in class to illustrate the concepts presented in the book and stimulate class discussion.

 
INTRODUCTION
 
DEFINING SOCIAL STUDIES
 
CELEBRATING DIVERSITY IN SOCIAL STUDIES EDUCATION
 
TEACHING GEOGRAPHY AND HISTORY
 
TEACHING CIVICS, GOVERNMENT, AND ECONOMICS
 
PLANNING
 
ASSESSING STUDENT GROWTH
 
SPECIAL NEEDS STUDENTS IN A GENERAL EDUCATION SETTING
 
TEXTBOOKS AND SOCIAL STUDIES
 
LEARNING THROUGH HUMAN INTERACTION
 
PROBLEM SOLVING IN SOCIAL STUDIES
 
INQUIRY LEARNING IN SOCIAL STUDIES
 
CREATIVE AND CRITICAL THINKING IN SOCIAL STUDIES
 
CURRENT EVENTS AND CLASSROOM DISCUSSION
 
USING THE INTERNET TO TEACH SOCIAL STUDIES
 
LEARNING THROUGH LITERATURE AND LANGUAGE ARTS
 
CHARACTER EDUCATION
 
EPILOGUE
 
APPENDIX A: DISCIPLINARY STANDARDS FOR HISTORY, GEOGRAPHY, CIVICS AND GOVERNMENT, AND ECONOMICS
 
APPENDIX B: PERFORMANCE EXPECTATIONS FOR NCSS THEMATIC SUBJECT MATTER STANDARDS
 
APPENDIX C: NCSS ESSENTIAL SKILLS FOR SOCIAL STUDIES
 
REFERENCES
 
INDEX
 
ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Sample Materials & Chapters

Introduction

Chapter 3

Chapter 4


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Andrew P. Johnson

Dr. Andy Johnson was a 1976 graduate of Grantsburg High School in Grantsburg, Wisconsin.  He attended the University of Wisconsin, River Falls where he graduated with a B.S. degree in Music and Speech-Communication.  After earning elementary teaching licensure, he taught 2nd grade in River Falls, Wisconsin from 1983-1986.   He went on to teach in elementary schools in the Twin Cities area and also spent three years working in the Grantsburg School District as A 5th grade teacher and the Gifted Education Coordinator. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota in Literacy Education in 1997.  He is... More About Author

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