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A Standards Overview, K-5 [electronic resource]

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Includes K-5 classroom examples from across the country that define and illustrate the 10 NCSS thematic strands and present a variety of ways that they can be integrated into the K-5 curriculum.Demonstrates that the primary grades lay the foundation and for the comprehension of social studies themes such as a sense of place, time, community, and justice.
Online
2003
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Historical Change [electronic resource]

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In David Kitts' First Grade class on the Santo Domingo Indian Reservation in New Mexico, Native American students study the history of farming through a lesson that compares farming in Eighteenth Century New England to current practices in the Midwest. The lesson uses literature and the study of various farming tools and products to illuminate the changes that have taken place in the industry over time and in different parts of the country. Includes group activities and discussions.
Online
2003
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China Through Mapping [electronic resource]

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In Mimi Norton's Second Grade classroom at Solano Elementary School in Phoenix, students learn about China's position on the globe and the location of important landmarks within the country. As a class, students create a giant map of China on the floor. Working in teams, they complete mapping tasks at classroom stations, focusing on the five themes of geography. As a culminating activity, students solve an interactive detective mystery created by Ms. Norton and work in small groups to solve problems based on their mastery of the map of China.
Online
2003
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Leaders, Community, and Citizens [electronic resource]

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In a First Grade class at the Rooftop Alternative School in San Francisco, Cynthia Vaughn helps her students differentiate between the titles and roles of elected officials at city, state, and country levels. After a class discussion outlining the various roles of these elected officials, students work in pairs to complete a chart, matching specific names with job titles and buildings. Each group reports its finding to the whole class. Finally, the students build their own fictitious community and explore and present the issues facing the town.
Online
2003
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Making Bread Together [electronic resource]

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In Meylin Gonzalez' Kindergarten class in Tampa, Florida, students are introduced to several economic concepts, including production and cooperation. Using a children's book as a guide, Ms. Gonzalez discusses how people work cooperatively on an assembly line to make a product. The students experience the concepts of production and distribution through an activity in which they create an assembly line in the classroom and prepare hand-made bread.
Online
2003
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Caring for the Community [electronic resource]

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Debbie Lerner teaches grades 1-3 at Red Bridge Elementary School in Kansas City, Missouri where a personalized learning curriculum allows students to stay in the same classroom for all three grade levels. Ms. Lerner's lesson focuses on the concept of community and explores how her students can help make a difference in each other's lives. Students review the concept of resources and interview their superintendent to understand how decisions are made that affect the school budget. Then they work in groups to brainstorm and create flyers to help prepare for their school's upcoming remodeling.
Online
2003
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Celebrations of Light [electronic resource]

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Eileen Mesmer teaches a combined Kindergarten and First Grade class in Salem, Massachusetts, a diverse community outside Boston. Ms. Mesmer asks her students to explore the many ways the holidays are celebrated and to find commonalities among the various celebrations. She reads to the students from "The Winter Solstice," using it to help students understand the greater theme of community. Through math, writing, and drawing stations located throughout the classroom, students interact with the content in a variety of ways and through diverse learning styles flyers to help prepare for their school's upcoming remodeling.
Online
2003
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Explorers in North America [electronic resource]

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Rob Cuddi, a Fifth Grade teacher at Winthrop Middle School in Winthrop, Massachusetts, introduces the theme of exploration in North America, posing three essential questions: How have people in history affected our lives today?; How do the human and physical systems of the Earth interact?; and What role do economies play in the foundation of our history?
Online
2003
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California Missions [electronic resource]

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Osvaldo Rubio, a bilingual Fourth Grade Social Studies teacher at Sherman Oaks Community Charter School in San Jose, California. focuses his geography lesson on the location and movement of the California missions. In groups, students create artistic, oral, written, and other more sophisticated audiovisual presentations on the themes of the unit. Some students use the Internet to download images, while others use a digital camera and editing software to create their own video presentations.
Online
2003
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State Government and the Role of the Citizen [electronic resource]

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Diane Kerr, a Fourth Grade teacher at Butcher Greene Elementary School in the ethnically diverse community of Grandview, Missouri,presents a lesson on the state of Missouri and its three branches of government. Students work in groups to create posters that represent the legislative, executive, and judicial branches of government. They voice their concerns about what can be done to improve their lives and the life of the community. As a class, they work to understand the process of how a bill becomes a law.
Online
2003
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Using Primary Sources [electronic resource]

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In a unit on Colonial America, students in Kathleen Waffle's Fifth Grade class at John Muir Elementary School in San Bruno, California, examine the business of a successful silversmith who lived in Colonial Williamsburg. In small groups, the students use primary source documents (advertisements) and artifacts to identify the business strategies used by the silversmith. They translate a historic contract between a master and an apprentice and examine how colonial apprenticeships compare with present-day job pursuits.
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2003
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Making a Diference Through Giving [electronic resource]

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In Darlene Jones-Inge's Fourth Grade class at O'Hearn Elementary School in Boston's inner city students experience a complex lesson that focuses on the theme of giving. They work in teams to determine a meaningful service project addressing the needs within their school, community, country, or world. Through thoughtful voting and collaborative decision making, students determine the goal and scale of their project.
Online
2003
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Understanding Stereotypes [electronic resource]

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Libby Sinclair, a Fourth and Fifth Grade teacher at Alternative Elementary School #2 in Seattle, Washington asks her students to define the term "stereotype" from a variety of perspectives. At the beginning of the lesson, students brainstorm individually and in groups to understand how stereotypes have affected their lives and their learning. After recognizing that the contribution of Negro baseball leagues has been omitted from the history of baseball, students thoughtfully plan and execute a letter campaign to contact text publishers.
Online
2003