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Ch 20: Early Childhood Social Studies Instruction

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Get ready to make learning fun! Join us on a comprehensive review of teaching social studies to early childhood students. Add a variety of engaging ideas and strategies to your teacher toolkit.

Early Childhood Social Studies Instruction - Chapter Summary

In this chapter, our expert instructors impart helpful information and strategies for teaching social studies in an early childhood classroom. They will give you an overview of the curriculum and assessment for this age group as well as outline strategies and tools important for teaching the primary topics of foundational geography, culture, and government. You can see how to differentiate instruction to meet learners' needs and the value of project-based activities. When you have completed the chapter, you should be able to:

  • Describe the basic concepts, skills, and teaching strategies for social studies instruction
  • Outline the curriculum and assessment for early childhood social studies
  • Demonstrate how to teach about family, culture, and traditions
  • Explain community helpers
  • Demonstrate tools and strategies for teaching geography, government, and economics
  • Plan for project-based and differentiated social studies instruction
  • Describe how social studies impacts student development

Our professionals have designed this comprehensive chapter to include both text and video lessons. Using the provide transcripts and the Timeline feature of the video player, which allows you to jump to tagged sections of the video, can help enhance your studying experience. Be sure to use the self-assessment quizs to evaluate your level of mastery of the early childhood social studies concepts presented in this chapter.

10 Lessons in Chapter 20: Early Childhood Social Studies Instruction
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Basic Social Studies: Concepts, Skills & Teaching Strategies

1. Basic Social Studies: Concepts, Skills & Teaching Strategies

In this lesson, we will learn about fundamental concepts, skills, and teaching strategies surrounding social studies. We will learn how social studies content and themes can be communicated at the early childhood level through a variety of programs.

Social Studies Curriculum & Assessment for Young Learners

2. Social Studies Curriculum & Assessment for Young Learners

This lesson provides educators with an overview of social studies curriculum for young learners, which includes interdisciplinary subjects like civics and using tools like mass media. In addition, methods of student assessment are discussed, including brief examples.

Teaching About Family, Cultures & Traditions

3. Teaching About Family, Cultures & Traditions

In this lesson, we will learn how to provide instruction related to family, culture, and tradition by presenting content from a multicultural approach. We will identify ways to promote diversity while addressing these themes.

Community Helpers for Preschool

4. Community Helpers for Preschool

Teaching preschool students about community helpers connects them to their neighborhood and lets them see and practice these types of occupations. In this lesson, you'll explore ways to educate your preschoolers about these varied community workers.

Teaching Children Geography: Strategies & Tools

5. Teaching Children Geography: Strategies & Tools

Geography can be an interesting subject to teach and learn. This lesson will provide some strategies and tools you can use to engage your young students in Geography.

Geography Tools in Early Childhood Education

6. Geography Tools in Early Childhood Education

The basic concepts of geography should be introduced during early childhood education. This lesson will look at some different ways young children can begin to develop a foundation for future success.

Teaching Kids Government & Economics: Strategies & Activities

7. Teaching Kids Government & Economics: Strategies & Activities

The ideas and concepts behind government and economics can be made accessible even to young learners. This lesson will detail some strategies and activities you can use to introduce these concepts to your students.

Differentiated Instructional Strategies for Social Studies

8. Differentiated Instructional Strategies for Social Studies

In this lesson, teachers will learn some methods for differentiating instruction for students in social studies class. The strategies presented are applicable to a variety of age and grade levels, and they can be adapted to meet the needs of all learners.

Project Based Learning for Social Studies

9. Project Based Learning for Social Studies

Social studies is a subject that lends itself well to project-based learning. This lesson will explore some ways to incorporate project-based learning in a social studies classroom.

How Social Studies Skills Impact Student Development

10. How Social Studies Skills Impact Student Development

Social studies skills are a critical aspect of early childhood education. Read on to learn how these skills can impact student learning and development in the early childhood classroom.

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