Culture: culture is behavior patterns, arts,
beliefs, institutions and all other products
of human work and thought. In social
studies, they learn culture through
geography, history, sociology,
anthropology and multicultural topics.
Time, continuity, and change: people
like to look up their history. You see this
theme in social studies in courses like
People, places, and environments: it assists students
as they create their spatial views and geographic
perspectives of the world beyond their personal
locations. This theme usually is seen in courses dealing
with area studies and geography.
Power, authority, and governance: understanding
the historical development of power, authority, and
governance and their evolving functions and
contemporary U.S. society and other parts of the
world is essential for developing civic competence.
This theme usually is in units and courses dealing with
government, politics, political science, history, and
Individuals, groups, and institutions: Institutions
such as schools, churches, families,
government agencies, and the courts play an
integral part in our lives. This theme is usually
seen in subjects like sociology, anthropology,
psychology, political science, and history.
Science, technology, and society: modern life
would be impossible without technology and
the science that supports it. Technology is used
a lot in social studies courses including history,
geography, economics, civics, and
Simulated problem solving environments
GIS and GPS lessons
Video and digital cameras to take pictures
or look at videos from other countries. Web
cam to talk to students in other countries.
If a student goes on a trip that has to do
with social studies, they can take pictures
and use a scanner to put them on the
computer and share with class.
Video cameras to tape a trip that a student
takes when visiting historical places.
Read about historical events in books and
brake up into groups. Make videos about
key points from reading.
Technology to communicate online over email,
webcam, or safe chatroom. Simulated problem
solving activities involving history. These can help
clear up confusion from class.
Communicate with teachers through websites like
wiki. Collaborate about virtual tours or related
Use cell phones to communicate with someone that
lived through historical events. Get their point of view.
Brake into study groups, research online to answer
study questions. Also, play games that go along with
Use spreadsheets to make historical timelines
during certain time periods, present them to
Use Microsoft Word to write out a story or type
a paper about a historical event or person.
Learning about presidents, a teacher can put
president’s names on spreadsheet and
students can put presidents in order of when
they served in office.
Interview older family members or family that
has lived through a historical event. Use word
processing to type interview and paper,
present their findings to class.
Watch movies on T.V. about social studies
topics to learn more about events.
Play a book CD that reads out historical
stories. Students can act out the different
historical events as CD is playing.
Multimedia can be used to create power
points about specific historical topics.
Find and bring in CDs with music that was
played during a certain time period.
A setting on computers thatmake screens larger while
researching online if student has bad eyesight. Apple
Mac computers are well equipped for these types of
Devices like Switches that talk and read to student. Use
this to talk during a history presentation if student
cannot talk or read.
Students that struggle with understanding what they
learn, a visual aid can be made to represent the
information. A visual aid could be something like a
poster board with pictures on it that go along with what
students are learning in class.
Use a tape recorder to record notes and give tape to
student if they are blind or can’t read notes.
Develop a class for students that
teaches about computer safety.
In class, teacher will teach students
about private locks on social websites,
only entering safe chat rooms, email
spam, and using search engines sites like
Google that are credible and reliable.
Teachers could also show how to scan
computers for viruses so the computer
Teach a computer class showing
students example websites of copyright
laws. Explain what copyright laws mean,
explain which sites are legally O.K. to use
and others that are illegal to use.
Use examples like pictures from Google
and clipart for powerpoints and using
information from different websites.
Examples we came up with that a teacher can
use for different history subjects and lesson
plans they are teaching:
World War 1
World War 2
Martin Luther King Jr.
Webquests can help students get more involved in the
various subjects of social studies such as presidents, war,
the discovery of America, etc.
Presidents’ Day Webquest:
This webquest is for elementary school students. This
webquest has many colors and pictures of presidents to
keep it interesting for students.
Christopher Columbus: Track # 3825.
This is also for elementary school students,This is a trackstar
that helps students learn about Christopher Columbus. This
has a lot of activities that makes learning fun for the
United States Presidents to Remember Webquest:
This webquest is for elementary school students and it
teaches them about all of the famous presidents.
This webquest is also for elementary school students
and it teaches students bout President Abraham
Instructional software like geography computer
games and CDs that help with knowledge of the
countries, cities, states, etc. An example of this is a
game called Where in the World is Carmen
Use instructional games to teach different events in
history like the great migration in history. These games
will help students remember facts for tests and other
projects. An example of this is the game Oregon Trail.
Game called Tour The Mayflower. This is a game that
has to do with Christopher Columbus’s adventure.
Computer game called Follow the Pilgrims. This is a
game that allows students to experience the pilgrim’s
journey across the Atlantic.
Set up website that allows students to
communicate in chatroom or webcam setting.
Allows students to work on projects, ask for
help, study for tests, etc.
Use tools for telecommunication projects like
webcams and websites such as Skype to talk
with other students online.
students to research history topics and
communicate online with specialists.
Communicate online with others from different
countries. Interview them for projects on
historical events in their country.
Rubrics can be used to tell the students exactly what the
teacher wants from them for projects, papers, and webquests
for social studies.
Rubric: All Aboard! Exploring the secrets of the Underground
Railroad- An Interdisciplinary Unit:
This rubric has a lot of information on exactly what the teacher
wants, it has points, and the total value.
Rubric: Rubric to show the students how the teacher graded the
This rubric showed how the teacher graded the geography tests
and it said how many points went to each section of the test
and how many points the test was worth.
Rubric: Scavenger Hunt
This rubric had all of the points that the
students could earn and it explained what
was needed for the scavenger hunt
Rubric: Current Events Rubric:
This rubric is used for a current events class
and project. It has all of the points on it and
explains what the students have to do.
This is a lesson plan that helps students
make history timelines.
This lesson plan makes learning about
Native American history fun with
Talks about a lesson plan that explains the
civil war, slavery, and constructing a
This is a lesson plan that has to do with map
making and it helps students understand
how to make and read maps.
Technology can be used in many
ways for all school classes and
subjects, especially in social
Using technology like the internet,
CDs, movies, games, webcams,
cameras, etc. makes learning
social studies more exciting.
When using technology, students enjoy
learning and remember what they learned
better than just taking notes in class.
Technology is a big part of the classroom
now because of all the new things that keep
Using this technology helps students learn
about social studies and also prepares them
for the future because as they get older, they
will use these types of technology more and
1. In our power point we incorporate the
use of technology and how it can enhance
a student’s learning. What is one way to
add technology into social studies?
2. What is one strategy of teaching social
3. Explain how a teacher could use
4. How is time an important issue in social
1. A. Simulated problem- solving
environments. B. Graphic Representations.
C. Virtual Trips. D. Adventure Learning. E.
Digital storytelling. F. Electronic research.
2. A. Using digital cameras to explore
community based history and current
events. B. Do webquests to learn the history
behind political issues. C. Virtual Tours.
3. A. It could provide up to date information
about a given topic.
4. It helps understand the historical roots of
that time period.
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