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Social Studies Worksheets Don't Grow Dendrites

Social Studies Worksheets Don't Grow Dendrites
20 Instructional Strategies That Engage the Brain

December 2011 | 192 pages | Corwin

Bring social studies to life in your classroom!

Best-selling author Marcia L. Tate brings her trademark "dendrite-growing" teaching strategies to this practitioner-friendly collection of brain-compatible methods for engaging K–12 students in social studies. Included are 20 proven strategies and more than 200 grade-leveled activities for applying them. Teachers will find concrete ways to integrate national social studies content standards into their curriculum with visual, auditory, kinesthetic, and tactile experiences that maximize retention, including:

  • Project-based and problem-based instruction
  • Storytelling, music, and humor
  • Graphic organizers, semantic maps, and word webs
  • Internet projects

This book provides sample lesson plans and a wealth of examples that demonstrate how to apply these classroom-tested strategies to the 10 themes of social studies. The text also challenges teachers to creatively plan and deliver their own unforgettable lessons. Among the many benefits your students is that they will remember what they've learned and apply it to their lives—the true goal of education.

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Strategy 1: Brainstorming and Discussion
Strategy 2: Drawing and Artwork
Strategy 3: Field Trips
Strategy 4: Games
Strategy 5: Graphic Organizers, Semantic Maps, and Word Webs
Strategy 6: Humor
Strategy 7: Manipulatives, Experiments, Labs, and Models
Strategy 8: Metaphors, Analogies, and Similes
Strategy 9: Mnemonic Devices
Strategy 10: Movement
Strategy 11: Music, Rhythm, Rhyme, and Rap
Strategy 12: Project-Based and Problem-Based Instruction
Strategy 13: Reciprocal Teaching and Cooperative Learning
Strategy 14: Role Plays, Drama, Pantomimes, and Charades
Strategy 15: Storytelling
Strategy 16: Technology
Strategy 17: Visualization and Guided Imagery
Strategy 18: Visuals
Strategy 19: Work-Study and Apprenticeships
Strategy 20: Writing and Journals
Resource: Brain-Compatible Lesson Design

"This book highlights strategies teachers can use to promote deeper understanding of social studies content. When you teach for understanding, the end result will be improved test scores."

Cathy Hix, K-12 Social Studies Specialist
Arlington Public Schools, VA

Social Studies Worksheets Don't Grow Dendrites provides current best practices for using engaging activities and big-picture questions to hook kids on the study of history and the social sciences. I’d recommend it to all aspiring history teachers!”

Kerry Dunne, K-12 Social Studies Director
Arlington Public Schools, MA

The text has a lot of instructional strategies incorporated into one bundle so that pre-service and new teachers do not have to blindly search for this useful information. The text format in paperback is also easy to manipulate in classroom settings which is always a plus.

Mrs Elizabeth Speed
Teacher Education Dept, University of Texas - El Paso
August 27, 2013
Key features
  • Short, focused, grade-specific activities within each chapter.
  • Integration of the activities with the National Curriculum Standards for Social Studies.
  • Brief explanations of each of the general strategies and the research supporting them.
  • Based on research and theory while maintaining a completely accessible, teacher-friendly style.

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ISBN: 9781412998758