Participants will explore how historical letters, paired with excellent biographies for children, can help students make personal connections to American history as they build essential literacy skills.
Sam Rubin, John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, Boston, MA; Esther Kohn, John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, Boston, MA
Learn how to use visual art production as a way for students to develop historical thinking, while producing authentic representations of their understanding of historical concepts.
Heidi Torres, Indiana University-Bloomington, Bloomington, IN
This presentation describes how teachers can use animated films to teach elementary students geography while at the same time teaching inquiry skills. Examples and resources will be provided.
Joshua Kenna, University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL
Journey through Moon Over Manifest as the mystery unfolds connecting 1936 with events decades prior. Literature discourse structures, reading strategies, creative response ideas, historical links as framework for engagement shared.
Kathy Phillips, University of Nebraska Lincoln, Lincoln, NE
How do educators prepare students for jobs that don't exist using technologies that haven't been invented yet? Explore innovative activities and approaches that integrate inquiry and technology in primary classrooms.
Colleen McGiboney, Puckett's Mill Elementary School, Dacula, GA; Cheri Nations, Puckett's Mill Elementary School, Dacula, GA
Literature review examines benefits of teachers who travel, as they return excited to teach about the world; social studies and geography come to life by visiting places beyond one's backyard.
Shari Solberg-Ayers, Kyrene Public Schools and Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ; Sandra Senior-Dauer, New England History Teachers Association, Chester, CT
Explore strategies to teach active citizenship through hands-on activities. Participants will receive CDs containing strategies to engage the learner using literature, problem-solving, and critical and creative thinking.
Janet Mansmann, San Antonio ISD, San Antonio, TX; Cynthia Hernandez, San Antonio ISD, San Antonio, TX
Would you like your elementary teachers to explore their social studies instruction? All teachers need guidance in moving beyond their curricular comfort zone. How can you lead that journey?
Natacha Scott, Boston Public Schools, Boston, MA
From stories to questions to creative connections ‚Äì global issues come to life in drama-driven snapshot images created by student teams. Even your less-than-motivated students will want to participate! (handouts).
Laura Meyers, Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA
The USS Constitution Museum presents a case study in how we pushed traditional social studies lessons into interdisciplinary opportunities that aligned with the Common Core standards.
Rebecca Crawford, USS Constitution Museum, Boston, MA, @USSConstMuseum