Learn how to engage students with inquiry, having social studies content as the focus, while increasing depth, rigor, and fulfilling the Common Core State Standards. Receive ready-to-use lessons and handouts.
Learn how students use technology tools to create electronic field trips. By using historical community and family photos, students develop and share stories of the past while building community connections.
How can analytical tools from the social studies classroom help students become media literate? Use historical and current events to teach students to consume information critically and recognize bias.
Learn how to use visual images with Visual Thinking Routines to improve comprehension, critical thinking skills, and empathy. Benefits include addressing diverse learning styles/levels and affection domain. Extensive resources.
Learn about three inquiry projects (Civil/Chicano Rights Movements, Women's History/Current Issues, Taking Social Action) from a fifth-grade class that highlight how to incorporate non-dominant narratives into our teaching.
Explore students' use of inquiry projects to learn social studies content, and then their use of multigenre compositions to show what they know. This project for elementary social studies methods classes works across levels.
How can educators strengthen students' question-asking skills and spark inquiry? Experience the Question Formulation Technique, a simple, powerful strategy for teaching students to produce, improve, and use their own questions.
Social studies teachers have long assigned writing projects without the training and resources for generating critical understanding. Analyze instructional strategies to improve writing assignments and deepen content knowledge.
Social studies educators teach students the content knowledge, intellectual skills, and civic values necessary for fulfilling the duties of citizenship in a participatory democracy. The mission of National Council for the Social Studies is to provide leadership, service, and support for all social studies educators.