Capstone/Dissertation Title

Bringing social studies back to third grade: curriculum for integrating literacy and social studies

Term

2014

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Abstract

The research question addressed in the project is, how can more meaningful social studies instruction be included in the elementary classroom while meeting the intense demands of literacy and math objectives? Research shows that social studies instruction has decreased due to high-stakes testing pressures. This capstone explores best practices for integrating social studies with another content area. It documents one teacher's creation of an interdisciplinary unit that integrates social studies and literacy standards together for use in her third grade classroom. The unit, Blast From the Past, helps students explore the question: How do we learn about the lives of people long ago? It uses literacy skills and historical thinking skills to help students access information about ancient civilizations. Key influences for this capstone were the author's own social studies learning experiences in elementary school, as well as a commitment to social justice and teaching civic engagement to students

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