Boys and girls are different: practical applications in developing a fourth grade social studies unit





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The capstone question addressed is, what are effective teaching and learning strategies that support gender-based learning preferences in a fourth grade social studies unit? In order to answer the question, the author studied current brain research, educational best practices, and national social studies standards. Additional research focused on gender differences in the brain and learning preferences by gender. Finally, methodologies were investigated that would provide for practical applications of this research in the classroom. McTighe and Wiggin's Understanding by Design curriculum design model and Tomlinson's Differentiated Instruction strategy together provided a framework for the development of a fourth grade social studies unit that supported gender-based learning preferences. The capstone paper includes lesson plans and unit projects, as well as selected materials, resources and tools pertaining to specific lessons.

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