Whether you are asking students to analyze a historical photograph, order events in a chronological progression, or compare primary source documents written during a specific time period, teaching Social Studies means immersing students in learning about people and their relationships with one another and the world.
The Spotlight on Strategies (CDN Version) series offers many opportunities for students to investigate different perspectives, explore new ideas, and develop an understanding of the progression of events over time.
When asked about their favorite strategies to use for teaching Social Studies concepts, your DEN Friends were staunch advocates for strategies that involve students in critical analysis, discussion, and synthesis of information. They also picked strategies that encourage students to be creative and really dig into topics they are studying.
Top Ten SOS: Social Studies
Fakebook (CDN Version) Have students create a mock profile page for a person they’re learning about. Ask them to include not only important events and places, but also have them include friend connections and comments those friends could have made on their timeline.
Silence Is Golden (CDN Version) Redirect student attention away from the audio and toward the imagery in video segments. Have them and discuss what they are seeing with one another and make predictions about what is to come.
Inquiry Chart (CDN Version) Have students gather information from multiple sources in a chart that helps them to synthesize information they’ve gathered. The Inquiry Chart is an excellent tool for guiding research.
Thank you to these DEN Friends who contributed their ideas for using Spotlight On Strategies to teach Social Studies concepts. Reach out to them via social media to find out more!
|Cecilia Wilburn-Davis||Katie Bollinger|