Elementary Social Studies: Creative Classroom Ideas, 4th edition

  • Joseph M. Kirman

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This text is appropriate for student teachers studying Social Studies Methods courses for elementary schools at university Faculty of Education programs across Canada.



The fourth edition of Elementary Social Studies: Creative Classroom Ideas provides, within a Canadian context, a foundation in social studies to help the coming generation become controllers of their destinies in a world where change is the norm and awareness the key to survival.  Thus, there is an emphasis on inquiry and critical thinking to be able to criticize resources, make responsible choices, and have an awareness of technology and its implications.

Table of contents

PART ONE: Getting Involved in Social Studies

Chapter 1    Social Studies: The Fundamentals

Chapter 2    Critical Thinking, Inquiry, Questions and Concepts

Chapter 3    Thinking, Metacognition, and Multiple Intelligences in Social Studies

PART TWO: Values and Character Education

Chapter 4    Dealing with Values, Attitudes, and Character Education

Chapter 5    Caring: A Universal System for Valuing

Chapter 6    Religion in the Elementary Classroom: From the Secular to the Confessional


PART THREE: Social and Economic Issues and Other Subject Areas

Chapter 7    Multicultural and Global Education

Chapter 8    Teaching about Canada's Native People

Chapter 9    Teaching about Human Rights - from Bullying to Peace Education

Chapter 10    War, Poetry, and Poppies: John McCrea's "In Flanders Fields": Teaching about Canada's Veterans, Serving Military, and Remembrance Day

Chapter 11    Teaching about Democracy, Citizenship, and Law

Chapter 12    Teaching Economics and Consumer Education


PART FOUR: The World of History and Geography: Two Very Basic Subjects

Chapter 13    Teaching History without Tears: It Should Be a Joy!

Chapter 14    Teaching History with Biographies and Autobiographies

Chapter 15    Teaching about Local History and Geography Using Customized Photographs

Chapter 16    Teaching about Geography and Environmental Education

Chapter 17    Teaching about Map Skills, Geographic Information Systems, and Satellite Images


PART FIVE: Current Events

Chapter 18    Current Events and Critical Thinking: Evaluating History as it is Happening

Chapter 19    Studying Media Bias in Current Events with Newspapers: More Critical Thinking


PART SIX: Classroom Instructional Ideas

Chapter 20    Aesthetics in Social Studies: Teaching with Poetry, Art, and Music

Chapter 21    Using Story Literature to Teach Social Studies

Chapter 22    Hobby Fun in Social Studies: Teaching with Postage Stamps, Currency, and Birds 

Chapter 23    Procedures for Cooperative Learning: Learning to Work as a Team

Chapter 24    How to Teach about Controversial Issues without Becoming One

Chapter 25    Field Trip Ideas for Social Studies

Chapter 26    Do it Yourself: Visuals for Planning and Instruction

Chapter 27    Developing and Using Games, Simulations, and Role Play


PART SEVEN: Pulling it all Together: Planning, Teaching, and Evaluation

Chapter 28    An Orientation to Classroom Teaching: Subject Integration, Thematic Units, and Lesson Plans

Chapter 29    Selecting and Evaluating Materials and Resources from the Community and the Internet

Chapter 30    Evaluating Pupils and Teaching

Chapter 31    Evaluating Social Studies Web Sites: An Activity for Critical Thinking


PART EIGHT: Looking to the Future

Chapter 32    Science, Technology, Society, and the Social Studies: A 21st Century Challenge

Chapter 33    Team Teaching and Joint Planning for Integrating Social Studies and Science

Chapter 34    The New Frontier: Social Studies Enters the Space Age



Published by Pearson Canada (April 1st 2007) - Copyright © 2008