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


Tessa Shuler

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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