What Should You See During Social Studies?

  • engaged students in classroom You should see:

    • Primary / Secondary Source Documents
    • Artifacts and Replicas of Artifacts
    • Books and Magazines
    • Charts and Graphs
    • Maps and Globes
    • Pictures and Images
    • Video Clips
    • Graphic Organizers
    • Interactive Student Notebooks

    You should see students:

    • Reading and analyzing multiple sources to understand an event
    • Looking for similarities / differences and the patterns that form
    • Comparing / contrasting history to a child's world
    • Engaging with a variety of reading experiences
    • Retelling a narrative
    • Re-enacting an event
    • Responding through writing
    • Making a timeline
    • Brainstorming different solutions to problems of the past, present and future
    • Discussing topics

    You should see teachers teaching how to:

    • Read informational text, a map and a chart
    • Write an expository or argumentative essay, journal entry, an editorial and a family history
    • Predict and confirm ideas using evidence from sources
    • Evaluate sources, artwork and music
    • Make decisions
    • Skim and scan text
    • Develop good research and interview questions

    You should hear:

    • Laughter
    • Music
    • Rhythms
    • Rhymes
    • Chatter
    • Discussion
    • Problem solving
    • Questions

    Social studies is EVERYTHING, so you should see a little bit of EVERYTHING!