Social Studies and the Young Learner November/December 2018
This issue of Social Studies and the Young Learner challenges readers to consider examples of challenging and innovative lessons, adapt activities for their own student population, and try them out in the classroom.
Pullout: An Inspiring Person in My Life
Melinda Hammerschmidt, Dea Borneman, Steven S. Lapham
In the article “Inspiring Americans: Creating a Community of Engaged Citizens” (pp. 12–16), the authors suggest that children can study biographies of less-known citizens that are diverse in many ways. In this Pullout, we offer an extension activity that brings the topic close to home and school.
PreK-Elementary US History
Using Social Studies to Lead Project-Based Learning: An Innovative Teacher’s Story
Patti Brooks, Tracy C. Rock
Teachers across the nation and world are experimenting with inquiry-driven pedagogy like Project Based Learning to improve student learning. Project Based Learning (PBL) is a teaching method in which students gain knowledge and skills by working for an extended period of time to investigate and respond to an authentic, engaging and complex question, problem, or challenge. PBL is an effective and enjoyable way to learn and allows deeper content and skill development that is needed for success in college, career and civic life.