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Social Studies In Action A Methodology Workshop, K-5.
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Session 8.

Making Connections


Apply what you've learned about making connections by completing the following activities.


Making Connections in Your Teaching

How do you make connections? This activity is designed to help you connect teaching goals with strategies that enhance students' understanding of social studies applications. Review the teaching goals and tips, then brainstorm and list strategies you would use to help students make connections. When you're done, compare your answers to other teachers' sample answers.

Making Connections in Your Teaching
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A screenshot of this activity.

A non-interactive version of this activity is available as a PDF document.


Developing a Unit

In this activity, you will develop a unit that connects social studies content to the world beyond the classroom. Before you begin, watch the following video segment.

A workshop participant.


View Video Segment: Final Units

Go to this segment in the video by matching the image (to the left) on your TV screen. You'll find this segment approximately 31 minutes into the video. Watch for about 15 minutes.

In this segment, workshop participants present and discuss units they have developed.

Now it's your turn to develop a unit with a democratic classroom and real-world connections in mind. Use the workshop participants' units and the Developing a Unit form (PDF) to guide you. When you're finished, write your answers to the questions on page 2 of the form. Be sure to include:

  • Unit title
  • Objectives
  • Lessons and activities
  • Resources
  • Assessment methods

Save your written work to submit as an assignment.

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