background preloader

The Evidence Base for Social Studies: Social Studies in Elementary Education

The Evidence Base for Social Studies: Social Studies in Elementary Education
What We Know According to Seif, there has never been a greater need for social studies programs to prepare students for the future (2003). At a time when a meaningful social studies program is crucial at every level, Seif finds data indicating a reduced emphasis on social studies during the elementary school years (2003). Evangelina Jones, Valerie Ooka and James Rodriquez go as far as to state that social studies is an invisible subject in many elementary classrooms (2001). Elementary social studies education is important as it provides students the ability to: Recognize themselves as part of history (Alleman and Brophy 1997, p. 108); Recognize and apply spatial relationships as analytical tools (Macken 2003, p. 63); Empathize with other people and appreciate their activities as intelligent adaptations to time and place (Brophy, Alleman and O’Mahony 2003, p. 40); Develop an understanding of continuity, change and chronology (Hoge 1994).

Powerful and Purposeful Teaching and Learning in Elementary School Social Studies Rationale The advancement of “liberty and justice for all,” as envisioned by our country’s founders, requires that citizens have the knowledge, attitudes and values to both guard and endorse the principles of a constitutional democracy. Beginning to build this knowledge at an early age involves educators who are well grounded in social studies educational practice. Social studies at the elementary level should provide students with purposeful and meaningful learning experiences that are challenging, of high quality, and developmentally appropriate. The marginalization of social studies education at the elementary level has been documented repeatedly.1 According to a report by the Center on Education Policy, since the enactment of the “No Child Left Behind” federal education policy (NCLB), 44 percent of districts surveyed have reduced time for social studies. A. In social studies, as in any knowledge domain, learners benefit from having a variety of ways to understand a given concept.

Social Media for Teachers: Guides, Resources and Ideas Although students are evermore connected to the social web, many of these networks remain out-of-class digital playgrounds where students congregate. In a 2014 survey of 1,000 teachers, just one in five said they use social media regularly with students. Of course, it can be a challenge to incorporate social media into lessons. There are many gray areas for teachers to navigate, like setting guidelines, accessibility at school, and student safety. But to help teachers navigate this ever-changing landscape of social media tools, here are some of the best guides on the web for four popular networks, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Pinterest. More Great Reads From Edutopia In addition to those great guides, there is a lot of useful information right here on Edutopia.

Social Studies for Early Childhood and Elementary School Children: Preparing for the 21st Century A Report from NCSS Task Force on Early Childhood/Elementary Social Studies Approved by NCSS Board of Directors, June 1988 This position paper will discuss the definition, rationale, and goals for social studies in the early childhood/elementary years; the developmental characteristics that should be considered in planning a social studies program; an overview of the basic research for elementary social studies; a look at the current status of social studies in the elementary school; and a discussion of preservice and in-service education for teachers of early childhood/elementary social studies. Society is characterized by increasingly rapid social and technological change. When they leave the classroom, many children do not return immediately to the family setting but go to a day-care facility where they again interact with others from a variety of backgrounds. I. Consider a kindergarten class in any one of thousands of school systems in the United States. II. III. Knowledge. Skills. V.

brainpop Whether your students are using Apple©, Android™, Windows 8, or Chrome™ devices, there’s a BrainPOP app for you. Ideal for BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) and other mobile learning environments, mobile access is now an integral part of all BrainPOP Jr. (K-3), BrainPOP, and BrainPOP Español subscriptions. The BrainPOP Featured Movie and BrainPOP Jr. Movie of the Week apps regularly deliver fresh movies, quizzes, and bonus features right to your handheld device. They cover a breadth of relevant topics including current events, historical figures and milestones, holidays, curricular subjects, and more. Our Featured Movie app for the iPad, iPhone and iPod touch has been downloaded millions of times and lauded in thousands of reviews. Visit BrainPOP Educators for a selection of mobile learning best practices! For K-3 students, check out the BrainPOP Jr. For English language learners and teachers, there's the BrainPOP ESL app.

Best Kids Apps | iPhone, iPad, Android | Toddlers, Educational, Games Social Studies for Early Childhood and 21st Century Skills Social Studies for Kids Social Studies in Today’s Early Childhood Curicula 40 Maps That Will Help You Make Sense of the World If you’re a visual learner like myself, then you know maps, charts and info graphics can really help bring data and information to life. Maps can make a point resonate with readers and this collection aims to do just that. Hopefully some of these maps will surprise you and you’ll learn something new. A few are important to know, some interpret and display data in a beautiful or creative way, and a few may even make you chuckle or shake your head. If you enjoy this collection of maps, the Sifter highly recommends the r/MapPorn sub reddit. 1. Map by Google 2. Map via Wikimedia Commons 3. Map by Stuart Laycock (via The Telegraph) 4. Map by via Reddit Pangea was a supercontinent that existed during the late Paleozoic and early Mesozoic eras, forming about 300 million years ago. 5. Map by Business Management EU 6. Map by The New York Times 7. Map by Teepr on Reddit 8. Map by 9. Map by Phoenix B 1of3 10. Map by Carna Botnet via Reddit 11. Map by Vizual Statistix 12. 13. 14. 15.

Early Childhood Building Blocks