A group of elementary teachers set out to research and write a storybook about actual children in colonial Maryland. The resulting digital book weaves together historical themes and disciplinary literacy.
Lisa Robbins, Historic London Towne and Gardens, Edgewater, MD, US; Carol Thornton, Anne Arundel County Public Schools, Traceys Landing, MD, US
This session explores integrating reading, writing, and social studies content by adapting the Daily 5 format. It provides teachers with a familiar format to design lessons around a children’s book.
Heather Hagan, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN, US; Theresa Simpson, Edgewood Primary School, Bloomington, IN, US
Globalize your classroom with Google maps & apps: infuse your lessons with Google to bring the past to the present, and the far away to next door.
Eric Langhorst, Discovery Middle School, Liberty, MO, US; Alexandria Mooney, Maplewood-Richmond Heights Middle School, Maplewood, MO, US
Learn about the assessment methods used by Smarter Balanced and PARCC for the Common Core State Assessment and see examples of K-12 social studies common assessments aligned to these methods.
Natalie Bolton, University of Missouri- Saint Louis, Saint Louis, MO, US
An NCSS conference perennial! Two former NCSS presidents and high school administrators invite audience volunteers to respond to questions from an actual hiring interview. Critiques identify what high schools really want.
Syd Golston, Phoenix Union High School District, Phoenix, AZ, US; Gayle Thieman, Portland State University, Portland, OR, US
Learn strategies to meaningfully integrate visual art into your classroom as explored in the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s Summer Institutes: Teaching the Humanities through Art. Discover how these models enhance multiple literacies.
Phoebe Hillemann, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC, US
Family history projects help young students develop historical thinking, interviewing, and presentation skills. This session describes a family history project for elementary students and provides guidelines and materials for teachers.
Janie Hubbard, The University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL, US; Sharon Ross, The University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL, US; Holly Swain, The University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL, US
Stay on the forefront of education reform by incorporating approaches such as STEM and Arts Integration into elementary social studies. Participants will leave with a CD of ideas and activities.
Tim Johnson, Anne Arundel County Public Schools, Annapolis, MD, US; Laura Pinto, Anne Arundel County Public Schools, Annapolis, MD, US; Shannon Pugh, Anne Arundel County Public Schools, Annapolis, MD, US
Failures, scandals, triumphs, newspaper headlines--we love our reality stars! And its all part of the CCSS! Learn how to bring the reality stars of history into your classroom!
Kelly Cranstoun, Pearson, Lake Zurich, IL, US
Teachers and curricular leaders will learn how a Big Ideas approach to social studies curriculum has helped students become global thinkers and how online learning environments have made customization possible.
Robb Virgin, Levi P. Dodge Middle School, Farmington, MN, US