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Successful Social Studies

Successful Social Studies
Joyce H. BursteinCalifornia State University, NorthridgeGreg KnottsCalifornia State University, Northridge

What Really Works In Social Studies in The Elementary Classroom

What Exactly Is Elementary Social Studies?

When teaching social studies to third graders, we asked students to explain the definition of social studies in their own words. One boy said, “It is the most boring subject in the world.” Wow. Talk about a hard sell. After brainstorming some ideas and asking what they had learned in school so far, third graders decided it was the way we learned about people and how they live. The more technical definition of social studies is an integrated set of disciplines or themes; a combination of the social sciences and humanities that tells the story of ...

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