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Fundamentals of Social Studies in Early Education - Chapter Summary
In this chapter, you'll review the basics of teaching social studies in early education. Our expert instructors can help you identify elementary-level social studies concepts, and you'll brush up on a variety of government, citizenship and historical topics. Upon completion of the chapter, you should be able to:
- Recognize the components of developmentally appropriate instruction for social studies
- Identify social studies concepts that are typically taught in elementary classrooms
- Evaluate resources and strategies that help develop historical knowledge
- Assess historical issues and events from multiple perspectives
- Outline the naturalization process of US citizenship
- Compare federal, state and local government
- Evaluate the causes and effects of economic interdependence
This chapter is entirely self-paced, and you can use any computer or mobile device to study. Each lesson comes with a short quiz to help you check your understanding of the material. Revisit the lessons as many times as you wish, and if you need clarification on a lesson topic, you can submit questions to our instructors online at any time.
1. Developmentally Appropriate Social Studies Instruction
Teaching social studies in the early childhood classroom offers an exciting opportunity to help children learn about their world. This lesson offers tips and guidance for developmentally appropriate social studies instruction.
2. Social Studies Concepts for Elementary Classrooms
In this lesson, we will discuss foundational social studies concepts for elementary learning. We will address key concepts elementary students should understand: things like continuity and change, power structures, the impact of geography upon culture, etc.
3. Strategies & Resources for Developing Historical Knowledge
When you start making a conscious attempt to develop historical knowledge, it can often seem like too much, too fast. This lesson explains how to focus on gaining historical knowledge the right way, so that it is more like a closet than a list of names and dates.
4. Evaluating Major Historical Issues & Events From Diverse Perspectives
Ever watched a football game with someone who was cheering for the other team and disagreed on the validity of a call? Then you've encountered the same problem historians find with diverse perspectives.
5. US Citizenship: Rights, Responsibilities & Naturalization Process
In this lesson, we will consider the expectations placed on U.S. citizens, particularly immigrants who undergo naturalization. Learn the specific rights of citizens as well and what makes citizenship different than permanent residency.
6. What is a Federal Government? - Definition, Powers & Benefits
A federal government is a system that divides up power between a strong national government and smaller local governments. We'll take a look at how power plays out between the national and local government, and the benefits of a federal government.
7. What is a State Government? - Definition & Overview
Learn about state governments and their role in the political life of a nation. Discover who has political power in a state government and observe the potential conflicts between state government and national government.
8. What Is Local Government? - Definition, Responsibilities & Challenges
Each of the 50 states has a state government. Within those states, each county and municipality also has a government. This lesson explains the organization of local governments and explores the powers and responsibilities of local governments.
9. Economic Interdependence: Definition, Causes & Effects
This lesson will examine the pros and cons of economic interdependence and its definition as well as its causes and effect. We will also look at how economic interdependence happens and observe who ultimately benefits and is hurt by this phenomenon.
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