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Bring Elementary Social Studies into the Spotlight with the C3 Framework

January 7, 2022 By Julie Holland

“No one puts Baby in the corner!” That line that melts hearts everywhere as Patrick Swayze’s character, Johnny, brings Baby front and center and into the spotlight in Dirty Dancing. It is a metaphor often used when proper attention is not given to a particular person or situation.

Use the Little Red Hen to Teach Service Learning in Elementary Social Studies

January 4, 2022 By Kay Gandy

The Little Red Hen folktale has generally been read to exhort children to work hard, accept responsibility, and share with others.

Taking Informed Action with the C3 Framework

December 31, 2021 By Melissa Knowles

The C3 Framework is a framework for social studies education laid out by the National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) that is inquiry based and aims to prepares students for college, careers, and civic life. The final dimension of the C3 Inquiry Arc allows students to take learning beyond the classroom, take informed action, and impact the world with their knowledge.

Iconography and Culture: Using Monuments and Memorials to Teach Elementary Social Studies

December 29, 2021 By Kay Gandy

In most communities, memorials, plaques, historical markers, and monuments are erected to record significant events or honor heroes and heroines.

How to Teach the Mayan Culture Using Essential Questions

December 23, 2021 By Kay Gandy

The Maya were one of the most dominant societies in Mesoamerica, settling throughout Honduras, Guatemala, Belize, El Salvador, and the Yucatán. They excelled at astronomy, calendar systems, hieroglyphic writing, and mathematics. They were also skilled farmers, weavers, and potters.

The golden age of the Maya empire began around A.D. 250 and grew to some forty cities. The Maya made paper from tree bark, wrote books, created a ball game, developed the concept of zero, predicted eclipses of the sun and moon, and invented rubberized rain clothing. The study of this civilization would enhance any social studies class. 

Instructional Coaching 101: Find Your Why

December 14, 2021 By Brandon L. Brewton

Serena Williams, Tom Brady, and Michael Jordan have many things in common. They are all considered the greatest in their sports or even the greatest athletes of all time. However, that is not the commonality that draws my focus.

Use Web Quests to Help Students Identify Primary and Secondary Sources

December 6, 2021 By Sheree Turner, Ph.D.

Young learners need meaningful digital learning experiences that can help them navigate websites safely and appropriately and set a foundation for the rest of their academic career. Create this engaging experience with a web quest that helps students to identify primary and secondary sources.

How to Use Active Classroom to Differentiate Instruction for All Students

November 24, 2021 By LaTonya N. Amboree

The Thanksgiving holidays are fast-approaching, and I am excited. This is the time of year when I get to cook some of my favorite seafood dishes for friends and family. As I plan the menu for roughly thirty people, I have quite a bit to consider:

Mastery vs. Completion:  The Purpose behind Assessing Student Learning

November 18, 2021 By Karla Wienhold

As teachers we know we need to assess our students to determine their “grade” in our class, but is there a better way to do that? Are we assessing their ability to take the test we created or are we truly assessing if they learned the content that was taught?

Using Everyday Surroundings to Teach Young Learners Geography

November 12, 2021 By Kay Gandy

Children need to learn the beauty of the natural world before they become interested in saving it. Young children learn through their senses and experiences. In an everyday walk, children can learn how the weather changes, how people interact with the environment, how things move, and the characteristics of a place. Parents and teachers can help children learn the basis for geographic knowledge in everyday experiences. The following recommendations can be used as inspiration during a field trip or for parents to utilize for a fun outdoor activity.