Grand Canyon University
April 5, 2013
In the subject of social studies there are several ways and strategies in creating your lesson plan and making sure the topic of the matter is getting across to all students. With technology being a popular tool now a days educators have the opportunity to bring social studies more to life that is more interesting to the youth. Collecting and doing different things that keeps their attention and excitement makes students eager to want to learn more of what is being taught. Doing things in the classroom that students actually like to do that’s age appropriate for them encourage students to want to find more information or tell the next person about what they have learned because it is not being showcased as another boring event that have happened in the world that we live in. Even though technology seem to be most popular with children today we still must incorporate and keep traditional textbook learning into play so it is important to make sure both technology and textbook is balanced out throughout the curriculum. Going through the process of figuring out what textbook I was going to choose to analyze I chose 5th grade Civil War II Today by: Houghton Mifflin.
According to National Council of Social Studies they define social studies as the integrated study of the social sciences and humanities to promote civic competence. Within the school program, social studies provides coordinated, systematic study drawing upon such disciplines as anthropology, archaeology, economics, geography, history, law, philosophy, political science, psychology, religion, and sociology, as well as appropriate content from the humanities, mathematics, and natural sciences. The main purpose for social studies is to help the youth make wise decisions in order to take on society today that we leave in. Social Studies is to keep students knowledgeable...
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