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Social Studies In Action A Methodology Workshop, K-5.
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Making Connections

Engage.

1

Getting Started

Watch the video introduction to familiarize yourself with the session, instructor, and participants. As you watch, think about how you connect social studies to the world beyond the classroom, and how making connections enhances students' understanding.

Workshop participants.

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View Video Segment: Introduction

Go to this segment in the video by matching the image (to the left) on your TV screen. You'll find this segment at the beginning of the video. Watch for about 6 minutes.


2

What Do You Know?

A concept chart can help you identify teaching strategies you currently use to help students connect social studies concepts and real-world applications. Begin by thinking of social studies units you teach by connecting to the world beyond the classroom. Then think of the activities or assignments that reinforce students' understanding of real-world applications.

Here is an example:


Complete the Concept Chart (PDF) by listing some of the social studies units you teach and the connecting activities you use to teach them.

3

Reflect on Your Work

When you have completed the concept chart, consider the following questions:

  • What are the benefits and challenges of making real-world connections in social studies?
  • How can making real-world connections promote understanding and long-term retention of social studies concepts?
  • What strategies from the video would you add to your practices?

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