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PreK-Elementary

The Civil Rights Movement: A Living Timeline

Saturday, December 3, 2016 -
10:30am to 11:30am
The civil rights movement, an ever-relevant time in our history, comes to life through this interactive research project as students become experts on 13 major events spanning from 1954-1968.

Promoting Peace: Developing a Global Conscience through Children's Literature

Saturday, December 3, 2016 -
2:40pm to 3:10pm
Learn about a collaboration project between teacher candidates and a university professor culminating with an excursion exploring whether children's literature affected Ecuadorian students' outlook on peace.

The Power of Specialization and Interdependence

Saturday, December 3, 2016 -
3:50pm to 4:50pm
Why do we specialize within our community and around the globe? Experience the benefits of specialization, voluntary exchange, and interdependence. Copies of lessons will be shared. Door prizes awarded.

Qualified to be President: Identifying the Best Candidate

Saturday, December 3, 2016 -
8:00am to 8:30am
Engage in a simulation promoting critical thinking, discussion, and decision-making by identifying qualified candidates for president. Two versions of the simulation will be made available.

Breathing New Life into State Studies

Friday, December 2, 2016 -
10:00am to 11:00am
Tired of the old state studies report? Learn how an inquiry-based process builds knowledge and understanding about states. Using the Storypath approach, students explore states integrating Common Core standards.

What's in a Name? Inquiry-Based Learning for the Young Researcher

Saturday, December 3, 2016 -
8:00am to 9:00am
Using an innovative approach to understanding one's connection to community, self, and the past, this session introduces elementary and middle school teachers to a research unit on Egypt and ancestry.

Teaching an Authentic Portrayal of Thanksgiving: Resources and Activities

Friday, December 2, 2016 -
11:15am to 12:15pm
The dominant narrative has overshadowed Thanksgiving for too long! Leave your toilet paper roll Pilgrims at home and learn about the history and misconceptions surrounding this American holiday.

The Mini-Economy: Building a Startup Culture in Your Classroom

Sunday, December 4, 2016 -
8:00am to 10:00am
This interactive session connects teachers with loads of new free resources for starting a classroom mini-economy: Project-Based Learning pacing guide, authentic assessments, and connections to English, math, and economics.

Doing Elementary Social Studies: Shifting Instruction to Encourage Inquiry

Saturday, December 3, 2016 -
10:30am to 11:30am
Use research-based strategies to analyze and adjust existing social studies lessons to better reflect quality social studies teaching and learning. Reading about it is not enough!

Collaborations in Critical Literacy: Primary Sources for Elementary Classrooms

Saturday, December 3, 2016 -
2:40pm to 3:40pm
Faculty members and preservice candidates from two universities, an education specialist from the National Archives, and teachers from two elementary schools share collaborative efforts to build inquiry learning from P-4.

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