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50 Social Studies Strategies for K-8 Classrooms, CourseSmart eTextbook, 4th Edition

By Kathryn M. Obenchain, Ronald V. Morris

Published by Pearson

Published Date: Jan 24, 2014


Pre-service and practicing teachers get well-explained, useful, meaningful ideas—including 50 ready-to-use strategies—for engaging elementary and middle school students in learning social studies.


50 Social Studies Strategies for K-8 Classrooms,4/e contains 50 proven strategies for teaching K-8 social studies. Each strategy is organized in the same format including a research-based introduction followed by procedural recommendations, ideas for classroom implantation, differentiation, assessment with accompanying rubric, and references and resources.  At the beginning of each strategy, teachers are provided with information to help them choose appropriate strategies, supported by grade level, NCSS curriculum standards, and matching 21st Century Skills. Where appropriate, a “tech” icon indicates that the strategy makes substantial use of current technology, especially Web 2.0 technology


50 Social Studies Strategies for K-8 Classrooms provides the ideal teaching and learning experience through:


  • Strategies organized for flexibility and ease of use.
  • Updating, revisions, and additions to the strategies in the new Fourth Edition.

Table of Contents


Part I: Overarching Social Studies Instructional Strategies

1. Community Building

2. Creating Classroom Rules

3. Developing Multiple Perspectives

4. Concepts: Development and Attainment

5. Questioning

6. Media Literacy

7. Discovery Learning

8. Inquiry Learning

9. Graphic Organizers

10. Historical Source Work


Part II: Specific Social Studies Instructional Strategies to Advance Content Knowledge and Skills Development

11. Archaeological Digs

12. Architecture and Landscape Design Significance

13. Case Studies

14. Cemetery Studies

15. Community Maps

16. Custom Boxes

17. Decision Trees and Decision Grids

18. Discerning Qualifications

19. Field Trips of Distinction

20. Folk Culture

21. Games

22. Genealogies

23. Graphic Novels

24. Guest Speakers

25. Historical Characters

26. Historical Reenactments

27. Home Living Centers

28. Informal Learning

29. Learning Centers

30. Literature Book Clubs

31. Maps and Globes using GoogleEarth

32. Mini-Society

33. Mock Trials

34. Model Factory

35. Museum Exhibits

36. Music History

37. Newspaper Making

38. Oral Histories

39. Pen Pals

40. Readers’ Theater

41. Role-Playing

42. Sand Table maps

43. Service-Learning

44. Timelines

45. Trash Trail

46. Traveling Ambassador

47. Video Production

48. Virtual Field Trips

49. WebQuest

50. Wikis

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