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Becoming Integrated Thinkers: Case Studies in Elementary Social Studies

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Becoming Integrated Thinkers: Case Studies in Elementary Social Studies

Becoming Integrated Thinkers: Case Studies in Elementary Social Studies

Edited by Linda Bennett and Elizabeth R. HindeNational Council for the Social Studies, 128 pp., 2015

At a time when social studies is being curtailed in elementary schools, the contributors to this book show that it is still possible to teach social studies very well. The key strategy is one of effective integration, which requires significant planning and pedagogical knowledge, but has a tremendous payoff.

The contributors to this book identify the foundations of effective integration, outline strategies for achieving this goal, and present case studies of successful integration at different elementary grade levels. The book includes model lessons that advance the objectives of the recently published C3 Framework, as well as those of the national social studies standards and the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts and Literacy. This book is a vital resource for elementary teachers, teacher educators, teacher candidates, curriculum directors, and professional development supervisors.