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Social Studies In Action A Methodology Workshop, K-5.
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Session 4.

Applying Themes and Disciplines


Now that you have observed how teachers use themes and disciplines to plan lessons, apply what you have learned by completing these activities.


Developing Teaching Activities

Connecting Themes and Disciplines
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Planning a Lesson

Choose one of the teaching activities you listed in Activity 1 to develop a lesson. If you are taking all eight sessions, continue to work on the unit you began in session 1. Use the Planning a Lesson (PDF) worksheet to help you organize your lesson plan. Be sure to include:

  • Lesson title
  • Theme
  • Related disciplines
  • Objectives
  • Concepts and processes
  • Learning activities and assignments

If you are taking all eight sessions for credit, you will continue to refine and develop lessons in subsequent assignments. Save a copy of your work.


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Workshop participants and Mary McFarland.


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Go to this segment in the video by matching the image (to the left) on your screen. You'll find this segment approximately 33 minutes into the video. Watch for about 25 minutes.

In this segment, workshop participants develop lesson plans based on the book How Many Days to America? Note how they use themes and disciplines as building blocks for their lessons.

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