Methods for Teaching Elementary School Social Studies

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Course Description:
This course explores instructional methods and materials for teaching a contemporary program in social studies in the elementary school. It includes citizenship education and multicultural understandings, current trends and models for teaching Social Studies.


Course Details


Amy Somerset



Required textbooks/ course materials:

No textbook or course materials are required to purchase for this course.




Assignment/course outline:

See first-day handout


Discipline-level learning outcomes:

E – 1   Designs and plans effective instructional lessons.

E – 2   Maintains a student-centered learning environment that is safe, organized, equitable, flexible, inclusive and collaborative.

E – 3   Delivers and facilitates effective instruction.

E – 4   Analyzes and applies data from multiple assessments to diagnose learning needs and inform instruction.

E – 5   Designs purposeful professional goals for continuous improvement to strengthen instructional effectiveness and impact student learning.

E – 6   Practices professional responsibility and ethical conduct and fulfills expected obligations to students, the public, and the education profession.


Course-level learning outcomes:

Course-level student learning outcomesDiscipline-level learning outcomesAssessment methods
  • Create curriculum planning units and lesson plans that include state objectives, activities to achieve those objectives, and assessments to evaluate if objectives have been achieved.
  • Reflect on the purpose of social studies education and develop a rationale and strategies for teaching and learning social studies in the elementary classroom setting.
  • Develop social studies units that explore approaches to curriculum organization, content, techniques, and instructional materials, in order to make informed decisions and increase our understandings of competing
  • Foster a learning community of open inquiry, respect, and trust where individuals can (re)examine diversity, culture, gender issues, and power relationships among students, teachers and the subject of social studies education.
  • Select instructional approaches that will help students in constructing knowledge about social studies, master key skills, and engage in the inquiry process.






Task CC4C-RU

Task CC4C-RU
Task CC8D-RU
MA 1 - RPT
MA 2 - SD
MA 3 - W

Task CC4C-RU

Task CC8D-RU
Task CC8P-RU
MA 1 - RPT
MA 4 - W

Task CC4C-RU
Task CC8P-RU
MA 1 - RPT
MA 2 - SD


Means of accomplishing learning outcomes:

  • Attend and participate in class regularly.
  • Read all assigned material before class.
  • Study in-class notes and online (Canvas) materials.
  • Complete assigned projects in a timely manner to enable reflections and revisions on the final product.
  • Seek opportunities to practice teaching skills through tutoring and substituting in K– 6 schools.
  • Collaborate with peers and other professionals.


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