Education, according to John Dewey, should be viewed as dynamic and ongoing with direct teaching of integrated content knowledge. This volume offers readers an examination of the content areas in early childhood curriculum that honor Dewey's belief in active, integrated learning.
Teaching Elementary Social Studies through Civic Engagement
Author: Marilynne Boyle-Baise
Young Citizens of the World takes a clear stance: Social studies is about citizenship education that is informed, deliberative, and activist—citizenship not only as a noun, something one studies, but as a verb, something one DOES. Its holistic, multicultural approach is based on this clear curricular and pedagogical purpose. Straightforward, engaging, and highly interactive, the book encourages students (and their teachers) to become informed, think it through, and take action. Each chapter is written as a civic engagement which is teacher-ready for use in elementary classrooms. A set of six teaching strategies that are constructive, inquiry-driven, dramatic, and deliberative bring the curricular framework to life through intensive, integrated meaningful studies of special places, important people, and significant times. Readers are invited to rehearse the projects in their social studies education courses and then to reinterpret them for their classrooms. The projects are supported by important resources for teaching, including supportive children’s literature, links to internet sites, and visual sources and by a Companion Website that enhances and extends the text.
Grounded in theory and best-practices research, this practical text provides teachers with 40 strategies for using fiction and non-fiction trade books to teach in five key content areas: language arts and reading, social studies, mathematics, science, and the arts. Each strategy provides everything a teacher needs to get started: a classroom example that models the strategy, a research-based rationale, relevant content standards, suggested books, reader-response questions and prompts, assessment ideas, examples of how to adapt the strategy for different grade levels (K–2, 3–5, and 6–8), and ideas for differentiating instruction for English language learners and struggling students. Throughout the book, student work samples and classroom vignettes bring the content to life.
A Practical Approach to Reading, Writing, and Using Nonfiction and Other Informational Texts Across the Curriculum
Author: Kathy Pike
Publisher: Allyn & Bacon
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
Offering a fresh approach, this much-needed text mirrors the features that are traditionally found in nonfiction texts—illustrations, diagrams, insets, boxed materials—to help clarify and explain the concepts being presented. This is a perfect complement to reading methods courses, which includes a wealth of nonfiction titles that teachers can readily use effectively in a balanced literacy program. Packed with ideas and suggestions for the classroom, Pike and Mumper offer everything one needs to know in order to use nonfiction texts in the classroom, from using them in literature circles, and as models for writing or for research purposes--Publisher's description.
Books and Strategies for the Elementary Curriculum
Author: Kathryn I. Matthew
Librarians, inservice teachers, and preservice teachers will discover that Reading Comprehension: Books and Strategies for the Elementary Curriculum provides easy access to a variety of reading comprehension strategies framed in the context of their curriculum content. By including current children's literature on a variety of topics, this book also serves to introduce librarians and teachers to trade books for enhancing their content area curriculum.
Learn to use Google Earth and add technological richness across the content areas in grades 1-2 with this highly engaging, easy-to-use resource that offers flexibility for authentic 21st century learning. This teacher-friendly book provides step-by-step instructions, lessons, and activities that integrate this technology into social studies, science, mathematics, and English language arts curriculum. All lessons are differentiated for a variety of learning styles and activities are leveled for all learners. In addition, suggestions for flexible groupings and for extension activities are also included. Using Google Earth(tm): Bring the World Into Your Classroom shows teachers how to help their students start their own .kmz folders and fill them with layers of locations that connect their own lives to the curriculum, and to build cross-curricular connections. The included Teacher Resource CD includes templates plus clear, easy-to-follow directions to lead students (and teachers) to see a global view by starting with their own neighborhoods and then moving outward. This resource is aligned to the interdisciplinary themes from the Partnership for 21st Century Skills and supports core concepts of STEM instruction.