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Social Studies In Action: Teaching Social Studies


Found in: social studies, preK-2, 3-5

Social Studies In Action: Teaching Social Studies is an eight-part professional development workshop with innovative teaching practices, learning theories, and classroom activities for K-5 teachers. An Introduction ( PDF, 380 KB, 9 pg.) provides an overview of the program. Teachers can register to earn graduate credit.

The eight one-hour videos cover teaching for understanding, exploring unity and diversity, integrating other disciplines, using resources, promoting active learning, and assessing student learning. The companion website supplies support materials for each workshop and features a library of teaching practices. Teachers can also subscribe to an email discussion list.

Support Materials provide workshop outlines, learning goals and concepts, activities, readings, assignments, and all required documents. Facilitator notes are included if school districts choose to use the series for in service training. Each workshop package can be downloaded as a PDF. For example, Workshop 4: Applying Themes and Disciplines ( PDF, 664 KB, 16 pg.) has three activities with five assignments to be submitted. Print and Web resources are listed. An Appendix ( PDF, 362 KB, 5 pg.) includes a glossary.

Teaching Practices Library, K-12 groups lessons (six per group) under K-2, 3-5, 6-8, and 9-12. Four supplementary half-hour videos address issues in teaching social studies: dealing with controversial issues; unity and diversity; groups, projects, and presentations; and creating effective citizens. PDFs for the issues videos are available under Support Materials.

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