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Social Studies In Action A Methodology Workshop, K-5.
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Session 1.

Teaching Social Studies


Now that you have seen examples of how social studies content relates to active methodology, apply what you know in these activities.


Analyzing Methodology

This activity takes a closer look at examples of powerful teaching and learning in the classroom video segments. Read the description of each segment, then identify up to three elements of powerful teaching and learning best represented in the segment. Once you've identified the elements, explain your answers.

Powerful Teaching and Learning
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A non-interactive version of this activity is available as a PDF document.


Developing and Analyzing a Lesson

In this activity, you will begin to develop a new unit, incorporating the NCSS content themes and elements of powerful teaching and learning. Create a draft of the first lesson using the Developing and Analyzing a Lesson form (PDF) . Once you've completed the draft, write your answers to the following questions.

  • Which theme(s) provide the basis for the content in your lesson?
  • What elements of powerful teaching and learning will you address in the lesson? How will you use them?
  • How does the lesson help students gain deep understanding of the topic?
  • How might other subjects be incorporated into your lesson?

If you are taking all eight sessions for credit, you may continue to work on lessons and materials for this unit in subsequent sessions. Save a copy of your work.


Save your written work to submit as an assignment.

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