Elementary

Using Art to Teach History to Young Learners (Elementary Education)


—Lois McFadyen Christensen
This lesson plan offers elementary students the opportunity to learn about the civil rights movement through the memory-inspired paintings of folk artist and voting rights activist Bernice Sims.

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Fear, Panic, and Injustice: Executive Order 9066 A Lesson for Grades 4-6 (Elementary Education)


By Theresa M. McCormick
In this lesson, students use primary sources to understand how a climate of fear influenced the president to sign the order that forced the incarceration of Japanese Americans.

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Conducting Interviews to Learn about World War II (Elementary Education)


By Mary E. Haas
The featured lesson plan offers student interviewers the opportunity to evaluate multiple perspectives, interpret information, and draw historical conclusions.

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Habeas Corpus and “Enemy Combatants”


By Carolyn Pereira and Nisan Chavkin
The writ of habeas corpus has been a critical tool for balancing the rights of individuals with the government’s responsibility to protect the nation’s welfare. The featured elementary, middle, and high school lessons explore the significance of this right.

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Question: Who Can Vote?


By Misty D. Rodeheaver and Mary E. Haas
Key historical events changed voting practices in America and extended the right to vote. This article spotlights a few of those events, as well as contemporary voting issues, and outlines a teacher-tested lesson on voting.

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Folk in the History Classroom: Using the Music of the People to Teach Eras and Events (Elementary Education)


By Michael G. Lovorn
The featured lesson uses Woody Guthrie’s “Dust Storm Disaster” to study the Dust Bowl from the perspective of those most affected.

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Teaching American History Grant Resources

A Teaching American History Grant offers exciting prospects for enduring and meaningful professional development experiences. Here are some of our suggestions for how NCSS can provide some of these professional development opportunities.    --> read more »

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Election Resources

Bunting.jpg Need help teaching the election? The October issue of Social Education will focus on the 2008 Election. NCSS has also put together a list of materials from NCSS and links to web sites that can help you in your classroom.   --> read more »

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Social Studies for Early Childhood and Elementary School Children: Preparing for the 21st Century

A Report from NCSS Task Force on Early Childhood/Elementary Social Studies

Approved by NCSS Board of Directors, June 1988

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Principles for Corporate Involvement in the Schools

A Position Statement of National Council for the Social Studies

School-business relationships based on sound principles can contribute to high quality education. However, compulsory attendance confers on educators an obligation to protect the welfare of their students and the integrity of the learning environment. Therefore, when working together schools and business must ensure that educational values are not distorted in the process. Positive school-business relationships should be ethical and structured in accordance with all eight of the following principles:   --> read more »

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