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Ch 19: Basic Social Studies Concepts for the Classroom

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Where are we? A sense of place is important for early learners. Join us on a study of the foundational social studies skills and concepts that are taught in early elementary grades.

Basic Social Studies Concepts for the Classroom - Chapter Summary

In this comprehensive chapter, our expert educators will introduce you to the primary topics covered in early childhood social studies lessons. Geography, maps, U.S history, and government are a few of the concepts discussed in the course of your study. When you have completed the chapter, you will have the conceptual knowledge background you need to prepare enriching social studies activities for your young students.

You will know you are ready when you feel comfortable with these skills:

  • Describing contemporary geography approaches, similarities, and tools
  • Modeling map reading
  • Outlining the key movements and major themes of U.S. history
  • Describing the purpose and function of government
  • Comparing types of government
  • Demonstrating and promoting liberty, equality, and citizenship

These short video lessons are meant to help keep you engaged as you make your way through the topic. Use the included transcripts to go back over the lessons so you can more thoroughly grasp the main ideas. You can also make use of the lesson quizzes and chapter exam to determine how much of the information stuck and what you may need to review further.

9 Lessons in Chapter 19: Basic Social Studies Concepts for the Classroom
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
Contemporary Approaches in Geography: Area, Spatial, Locational & Geographic Systems Analysis

1. Contemporary Approaches in Geography: Area, Spatial, Locational & Geographic Systems Analysis

If geographers study people and places, exactly how do they look at the information they find? In this lesson, we'll examine contemporary approaches to studying geography, including spatial, area, locational, and systems analysis.

Geographical Similarities: Scale, Space & Place

2. Geographical Similarities: Scale, Space & Place

You've probably heard, and even used, the words 'space' and 'place.' But do you know what they mean in the field of cultural geography? In this lesson, we'll look at how geographers define areas, including space, place, and scale.

Geography Tools: Maps, GPS & GIS

3. Geography Tools: Maps, GPS & GIS

How can we study the earth and the features in it? Watch this lesson to find out more about common tools used in geography, including maps, global positioning systems, and geographic information systems, and their differences.

How to Read Topographic and Geologic Maps

4. How to Read Topographic and Geologic Maps

This lesson explains the main features of topographic maps, including contour lines, index contours and contour intervals. It will also cover two rules that all contours follow and discuss geologic maps and the information they contain.

Timeline of U.S. History: Key Movements & Major Themes

5. Timeline of U.S. History: Key Movements & Major Themes

In this lesson, we will highlight the major developments and themes of U.S. History. We will briefly look at some of the most important events and developments in the life of the United States.

What is Government? - Definition, Role & Functions

6. What is Government? - Definition, Role & Functions

In this lesson, we will examine the various definitions of government. Then we will take a close look at the functions of the U.S. government and the role it plays in citizens' everyday lives.

Traditional Types of Government: Definitions, Strengths & Weaknesses

7. Traditional Types of Government: Definitions, Strengths & Weaknesses

In this lesson, we will explore several traditional types of government. We will define each type and take a close look at its strengths and weaknesses.

America's Core Values: Liberty, Equality & Self-Government

8. America's Core Values: Liberty, Equality & Self-Government

In this lesson, we will examine a few of America's core values. We will focus especially on liberty, self-government, equality, individualism, diversity, and unity.

Civil Society and Citizenship

9. Civil Society and Citizenship

Citizenship and civil society are important concepts in the study of political science. In this lesson, you'll learn what citizenship is and what it means for people that hold it. You'll also learn about the important role of civil society in a democracy.

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