Social Studies Excursions, K-3 Powerful Units on Communication, Transporation and Family Living

ISBN-10: 0325003165

ISBN-13: 9780325003160

Edition: 2002

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The problem with most social studies textbooks is that they lack the content K-3 students need to develop basic social understandingsdespite the fact that this is one of the goals of most state and district curriculum guides. With Social Studies Excursions, K-3, Janet Alleman and Jere Brophy offer a better alternative. They provide units structured around powerful ideas, developed in depth with applications to outside life, creating a far more substantive program than any major textbook can support. This is the second in a three-volume series in which the authors present instructional units on cultural universals for the primary grades. Here, the focus is on communication, transportation, and family living. Although similar units are found in other textbooks, Alleman and Brophy's provide much more depth. They help teachers concentrate on content that is basic and familiar to students, addressing fundamental aspects of the human condition and connecting with experience-based knowledge. In addition to reaffirming what students already know, these units help teachers impart knowledge about the cultural universals unfamiliar to students, develop connections to help students transform scattered bits of information into a network of integrated knowledge, and guide students in applying this knowledge to their lives outside of school. Social Studies Excursions, K-3 has been developed primarily for teachers who are looking for a supplement to-if not substitute for-their primary-grade textbook. Teacher educators will find it a one-of-a-kind resource. Staff developers will find it an excellent reference for workshops and presentations on how to create a more powerful social studies program that reflects reform standards.
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Book details

List price: $44.00
Copyright year: 2002
Publisher: Heinemann
Publication date: 3/4/2002
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 336
Size: 8.25" wide x 10.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.738
Language: English

Janet Alleman is a professor in the Department of Teacher Education at Michigan State University. She previously coauthored Powerful Social Studies for Elementary Students with Jere Brophy.

Series Preface
Background: How and Why We Developed the Units
Implementation: Preparing for and Teaching the Units
Communication: What Is It? Why Is It So Important?
Means and Functions of Communication
Changes in Communication over Time
Types of Communication: Personal Interactive and Personal Delayed Interactive
Mass Communication
A Trip to a Television Station
Careers in Communication
Signs and Symbols: Nonverbal Communication
Communication: Languages
Communication: Being a Responsible Citizen
Decision Making: Communicating a Cause or Publicizing a Good or Service
Decision Making: Mass Media (Television)
Transportation: What Is It? Why Is It So Important?
Changes in Transportation over Time
Types of Transportation
Passenger Transportation
Emergency Vehicles
Mass Production
Transportation: Necessary Regulations
Maps: Tools for Transportation
Human Designs and Construction Facilitate Travel
Transportation Around the World: More Alike Than Different
A Visit to a Local Transportation Facility: Train Station, Airport, or Harbor
Decision Making: Which Mode? Which Means?
Careers in Transportation
Transportation: Being a Responsible Citizen
Transportation: An Authentic Assessment
Family Living
What Is a Family?
Many Kinds of Families
Families Change
Family Life Has Changed over Time
Geographic Influences on Family Life
Family Celebrations
Our Family Ancestors: Immigrants to the New World
Recent Immigrants to America and Their Family Practices
Families Teach and Learn
Family Rules and Responsibilities
Strategies That Enhance Family Life
Family Assistance
Family Support
Family Living: A Celebration of Our Learning
Reflecting Back, Moving Forward
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