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Visualizing Elementary Social Studies Methods, 1st Edition

September 2007, ©2008
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This debut edition of Visualizing Elementary Social Studies offers students a unique way to explore issues and ideas about how to teach social studies using text, pictures, and graphics brought together in a stimulating and thoughtful design.

In this book, content and pedagogy are blended to take advantage of the rich visual context that National Geographic images provide. Students who use this book will explore central teacher education topics in elementary social studies along with concepts and ideas from social studies disciplines including history, geography, political science, economics and behavioral sciences.

Visualizing Elementary Social Studies is infused with explorations of how to teach in subject matter contexts given the democratic purposes of social studies.

This Wiley Visualizing title is a unique book that combines Wiley’s expertise in creating top quality textbooks with rich visual resources such as photographs, maps, illustrations, diagrammatic art, and videos, and the content and teaching expertise of new and current authors and unique partnerships. Visualizing Elementary Social Studies relies heavily on the integration of these visuals with text to elucidate concepts for students and solidify their understanding of them. The goal is to help students understand the world around them and interpret what they see in a meaningful, accurate and exciting way. The content, design and layout of the titles take advantage of the full capacity in which students process information – visual as well as verbal.  

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Table of Contents

1 What Is Social Studies? 2

Defining Social Studies 5

Social Studies as a School Subject 8

SOCIAL AND CULTURAL EXPLORATIONS 10

Approaches to Social Studies 11

IN THE CLASSROOM: TEACHING ABOUT CHRISTOPHER COLUMBUS 12

LESSON: IS DRILLING FOR OIL IN THE AMAZON RIVER BASIN WORTH THE CONSEQUENCES? 16

Social Studies and Content Disciplines 20

Standards-Based Social Studies 24

2 Reflective Social Studies Teaching 30

What Is Reflection? 32

Reflection Prior to Instruction 35

LESSON: THE ABRAHAMIC RELIGIONS 38

Reflection During and After Instruction 42

Using Reflection to Increase a Teacher’s Professional Knowledge 45

Reflection as Inquiry 48

IN THE CLASSROOM: A BRIEF CASE STUDY ON TEACHING ABOUT THE CONSTITUTION 50

3 Inquiry in Social Studies 54

Inquiry as Learning 56

Inquiry in Social Studies 60

SOCIAL AND CULTURAL EXPLORATIONS 65

Designing a Successful Inquiry 66

IN THE CLASSROOM: INQUIRING ABOUT THE TELLICO DAM 67

LESSON: A GREAT SCIENTIST IN HISTORY 69

Forms of Inquiry 70

Inquiry and the Curriculum 74

LESSON: “THAT’S NOT FAIR”: AN INQUIRY LESSON INTO THE MEANING OF “FAIR” 76

4 Standards, Curriculum, and Testing 82

Standards and Curriculum 84

IN THE CLASSROOM: A CURRICULUM UNIT ON ANIMALS 88

Standards and Testing 90

Teaching Subject Matter In-Depth While “Covering” the Curriculum 94

LESSON: MAP ESSENTIALS 96

SOCIAL AND CULTURAL EXPLORATIONS 99

Authentic Teaching with Standards 100

LESSON: GO WITH THE FLOW . . . RESOURCES 104

5 Teaching for Historical Understanding 110

History in the Schools 112

Constructing Historical Knowledge 114

IN THE CLASSROOM: USING HISTORICAL ARTIFACTS 116

SOCIAL AND CULTURAL EXPLORATIONS 119

Forms of Historical Understanding: Timelines, Stories, and Empathy 121

Three Approaches to Teaching History 126

LESSON: THE FIRST THANKSGIVING 128

6 Teaching for Geographic Awareness 138

The Need for Geographic Awareness 140

How Children Develop Geographic Awareness 148

IN THE CLASSROOM: UNDERSTANDING PHYSICAL AND CULTURAL PLACE 150

SOCIAL AND CULTURAL EXPLORATIONS 152

Elements of Geographic Understanding: Spaces, Places, and Systems 154

LESSON: POPULATION DENSITY 156

Using Maps to Teach Geographic Awareness 166

LESSON: MY CITY: PLANNING A NEW CITY 168

7 Teaching for Civic Competence 174

The Need for Civic Competence 176

SOCIAL AND CULTURAL EXPLORATIONS 179

Forms of Civic Awareness 180

IN THE CLASSROOM: CIVIC ACTION: SETTING CLASS RULES 183

Elements of Civic Competence 187

LESSON: TINKER V. DES MOINES AND THE FEDERAL COURTS 190

Promoting Civic Competence 192

IN THE CLASSROOM: THE STORY OF CÉSAR CHÁVEZ 194

8 Direct Teaching and Learning 202

Direct Instruction and Teacher-Directed Instruction 204

IN THE CLASSROOM: TEACHER-DIRECTED INSTRUCTION—LEARNING ABOUT THE PURPOSE AND LEVEL
OF GOVERNMENT 208

Factors Influencing Teacher-Directed Instruction 210

LESSON: USING TEACHER-DIRECTED INSTRUCTION IN A LESSON ON AN IMPORTANT INVENTION 213

Types of Teacher-Directed Instruction 214

Whole Class and Independent Teacher-Directed Instruction 218

IN THE CLASSROOM: DECISION MAKING 219

LESSON: HOW MUCH SPACE IS ENOUGH? 220

9 Interactive Teaching and Learning 226

What Is Interactive Instruction? 228

LESSON: INTERACTIVE LESSON ON STATE GEOGRAPHY 232

Characteristics of Interactive Instruction 234

IN THE CLASSROOM: LEARNING ABOUT CIVIC LEADERS 235

Types of Interactive Instruction 238

Grouping Strategies 243

Interactive Instruction and Learners 248

IN THE CLASSROOM: AN INTERACTIVE APPROACH TO LEARNING ABOUT SOCIETAL RULES 250

10 Literacy in Social Studies 256

The Importance of Literacy 258

Reading in Social Studies 262

IN THE CLASSROOM: USING LITERARY RESOURCES IN A LESSON ABOUT TRANSPORTATION 264

Using Textbooks in Social Studies 268

Using Authentic Texts in Social Studies 271

IN THE CLASSROOM: AUTHENTIC LEARNING ABOUT CUSTOMS 272

Writing in Social Studies 275

LESSON: USING WRITING SKILLS TO ARGUE ALTERNATIVE ENERGY POWER 278

Literacy and the Social Studies Curriculum 280

11 Planning for Active Learning 288

Active Learning in Social Studies 290

LESSON: WEATHER AND THE EARTH’S MOVEMENTS 294

Initial Considerations for Instructional Planning 296

SOCIAL AND CULTURAL EXPLORATIONS 298

Planning Instruction for Active Learning 302

Lesson Plans and Reflection 307

12 Teaching Social Studies in a Diverse Society 314

Teaching Children in Diverse Environments 316

Cultural Diversity and Social Studies 322

IN THE CLASSROOM: TEACHING ABOUT CALENDARS 325

Individual Diversity and Social Studies 326

IN THE CLASSROOM: DIFFERENTIATING INSTRUCTION IN A LESSON ABOUT PIONEER LIFE IN AMERICA 329

Teaching in Schools with Homogeneous Social and Cultural Characteristics 330

SOCIAL AND CULTURAL EXPLORATIONS 332

13 Assessing Learning 338

Types of Assessment 340

Assessment as a Part of Instruction 346

IN THE CLASSROOM: ASSESSMENT AS INSTRUCTION 348

Using Assessments to Improve Teaching and Learning 351

LESSON: THE DEATH OF TUTANKHAMEN 352

IN THE CLASSROOM: A NEW METAPHOR: CHANGING METHODS FOR EXPLANATION DURING A LESSON 354

IN THE CLASSROOM: AN ASSESSMENT CASE STUDY 357

Designing and Using Rubrics 358

14 Promoting Student Learning with Technology 364

Using Technology in Social Studies 366

Technological Applications 371

Instruction and Technology 376

LESSON: TECHNOLOGY

TIMELINE 377

IN THE CLASSROOM: GAMES

AS INSTRUCTION 379

Appendix A 385

Appendix B 401

Glossary 403

References 409

Credits 411

Index 415

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Author Information

John Lee is an associate professor of social studies education at North Carolina State University. His research and teaching are focused on methods of instruction and pedagogical content knowledge.
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The Wiley Advantage

  • Visualizing features: Multi-part visual spreads that focus on a key issue, concept, or topic in the chapter, exploring it in detail or in broader context using a combination of photos.
  • Chapter Introductions: Illustrate a particular idea with relevant stories, as a way to heighten and initiate consideration of the chapter theme.
  • Unique Lesson Plans include illustrations, photos and maps that are focused on authentic, curriculum-based subject matter for elementary audiences.
  • Process Diagrams: Diagrams and figures presented along with photos or illustrations that describe and depict a complex process.
  • In the Classroom: Features specific events or a series of events from an elementary classroom that highlight a specific idea from each chapter.
  • Social and Cultural Explorations: Focuses on social studies methods and issues through the lens of culture and society using images of people from various countries.
  • What is Happening in This Picture?: An end-of-chapter feature that presents students with a photograph paired with questions designed to stimulate creative thinking.
  • Critical and Creative Thinking Questions: Encourage critical thinking and highlight each chapter's important concepts and applications.
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