Social Studies Review

Social Studies Review is a magazine focusing on Social Sciences

Articles from Vol. 45, No. 1, Fall

6th Grade Archaeologists? Can You DIG It?
Archaeology! Can you dig it? Sixth graders at Markham Middle School sure do. For the past three years, students in my history class have explored an archaeological dig site right on our campus! This site was created for sixth graders by sixth graders.Each...
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A Dance Step into Indian Culture
It was six years ago that Ms. Nina White, my daughter Gabriella's sixth grade social studies teacher at Edwin Markham Middle School, invited me to come in to her classes to demonstrate the classic art of traditional Indian dance. It was a pleasure to...
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A Journey through Time: Visiting the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco
IntroductionIn 2004, the Federal Reserve Bank of SF (the Fed), reopened its tour program and in that time, 13,000 guests have visited the San Francisco headquarters. One of the primary attractions is the Fed's collection of United States currency. The...
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Capturing Historical Adventure: Inside and outside a Black Heritage Museum
What historical adventures are in your neighborhood? What local history opportunities are there for you and your pupils? You can bring the community into your classroom by exploring - with your students! By setting the stage for exploring local sites,...
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Civil War Reenactments as a Teaching Tool
"Clear Front!" As the cannons explode into action, billows of blue-gray smoke pour across the field. The loud booms cause you to jump and you feel the shock waves as they roll by, then the smell of gunpowder (rotten eggs) fills the air as the smoke drifts...
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Crucible or Cauldron: The Coexistence of Natural Rights and the Common Good
Classical RepublicanismThe philosophy of Classical Republicanism states that the best form of government for the masses is that which promotes the common welfare of all citizens, over and against the special interests of an elite group, or special class....
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Falcons' Court and Workshop in the Woods
There are many ways to learn, but my most memorable lessons in school came from teachers who "became" what they were teaching about. Ancient (from my 7th grade perspective) Mrs. Nestle jumping around as a cave man, Mrs. Houser bringing real sari's from...
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Holocaust Studies and Professional Development: A Community Collaboration
Public interest in the Holocaust has proliferated over the past decade with new museums, such as the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. and the Museum of Tolerance in Los Angeles, recent accounts by aging Jewish survivors who...
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Journey of the Pioneers
In May, the students in my fourth grade classroom commemorate the journey of the pioneers during the westward movement by "Living History". During this annual event, each student becomes an actual pioneer. The students focus on pioneers from the end...
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Land and Population: An Insight into Japanese Culture
Introduction to the TCI ApproachThe TCI Approach was developed by a group of California teachers who joined me in giving a successful series of presentations at the 1989 CCSS Annual Conference in Oakland. Based on the enthusiastic support of the conference...
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Learning about the Women's Movement with Sentiments Documents
Sentiments DocumentsWhat are sentiments documents? They are documents that have been written, usually by groups of people, to express their opinions and feelings (their sentiments) about an event or condition that is important to them. They serve as...
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Living History: A Story Well Told
There is nothing more standard about teaching social studies than creating experiences that bring the story of the past alive. In this issue of the Social Studies Review a distinguished team of educators will share a variety of methods delivering content-rich...
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Social Studies in Action
History-Social Science is making a comeback in the elementary school. Teachers are feeling more comfortable with their new reading series. Reading and Math test scores are inching upward and the new historysocial science textbook selection process is...
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The Buffalo Soldiers: Unsung Heroes of the American West
"The Buffalo Soldiers: Unsung Heroes of the American West," is presented in a manner that is relevant to the target audience. Specific goals and objectives are set in place for K-6, middle school, and high school. The overall goal remains the same for...
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Using Historical Biography to Learn about the Character of Social Justice
Biography can be used by teachers to generate an interest in learning history while providing students with meaningful opportunities to practice the language arts. In the unit outline presented here, elementary students use reading, writing, speaking,...
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