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Social Studies for the Elementary and Middle Grades: A Constructivist Approach (3rd Edition) [Paperback]

Cynthia Szymanski Sunal , Mary Elizabeth Haas
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April 1, 2007 0205518877 978-0205518876 3

Building on the success of previous editions, Social Studies for the Elementary and Middle Grades discusses flexible strategies for teaching today's diverse learner, the structure of the knowledge to be learned, how to help students reconstruct present ideas, and how to translate theory and recent research into lesson plans and units.

Packed with activities, up-to-date technology, teaching strategies, and a constructivist approach, this text demonstrates how to use developmentally appropriate strategies to help students construct important social studies ideas and skills.



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“The textbook serves my students well with its emphasis on inquiry, concept development, and attention to the various social studies disciplines. Activities discussed and illustrated, show how teachers and their students can make use of local (and free or inexpensive) resources for teaching social studies.”

–Becky J. Widener, Columbia College

 

Building on the success of previous editions, Social Studies for the Elementary and Middle Grades provides the structure of the knowledge to be learned, strategies to help students attain more control of their own learning, and models for translating theory and recent research into lesson plans and units for teaching 21st century diverse learners. Not only does the text guide pre-service teachers to teach social studies within a constructivist framework, but it also models that framework of guided inquiry in the organization of each chapter. Every chapter begins with an exploratory activity that challenges students to remember and reflect on their prior knowledge on the chapter's topic, moves into the more teacher-guided phase where students find explanations and activities that develop their understanding and social studies pedagogical content knowledge (PCK), and ends in an expansion phase in which students must apply the main ideas of the chapter to other school and life contexts.

 

 

New To This Edition

  • New 2-color design highlights important features for students: Learning Cycle Lesson Plans, “Building on Diversity”, “Making a Literature Connection”, and “Using Technology” boxes.
  • New Learning Cycle Lesson Plans appropriate for a range of elementary and middle school classrooms have been added to the text (and others moved to the Companion Website) to provide students with a greater selection of fresh ideas for social studies teaching.
  • A chapter on assessment has been moved up earlier in the text to complement the focus on assessment throughout all of the chapters. In addition, Learning Cycle Lesson Plans identify the use of formative assessment and summative evaluation.
  • A continuum representing the amount of student control over learning identifies where the various instructional strategies fall in terms fostering student-centered education.
  •  “What You Will Find on the Companion Website” has been added to the end of chapter as a guide to the resources provided on this book’s Companion Website.
  • Application activities to do in class and in the field now appear in the “Expanding on This Chapter” section at the end of each chapter.
  • Reference to NCSS standards or “thematic strands” highlighted by marginal icons.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 544 pages
  • Publisher: Allyn & Bacon; 3 edition (April 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0205518877
  • ISBN-13: 978-0205518876
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 7.4 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #933,046 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2.0 out of 5 stars OK, but not Great! March 21, 2009
By Lau
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I taught social studies for two years before taking the class that required me to read this book, so I was looking forward to learning more, but this book did not help with that. The book was very dry and boring. Also, it talked about the things to teach without giving good examples of HOW to teach it. I would not recommend this book to anyone who is looking for help with teaching social studies.
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5.0 out of 5 stars review February 28, 2014
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I like this book because it was exactly what I needed for a class this semester. The quality of the book was great considering it was used. Overall happy with the product.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Social Studies too complex January 7, 2014
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The activities in this book were too complex for the level of students that I am teaching. I am looking for a very low level interactive social studies guide that includes hands-on activities.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Statues of Product Inaccurate. July 12, 2013
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This book was posted as a new book not like new and I received it with a binding tear, highlighted pages, and underlined pencil marks. I keep all my school books for future reference so this was disappointing to me. The price was a couple of dollars cheaper than the other new books. Shipping was great and timely.
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