Social Studies Excursions, K-3 by Janet E Alleman, Arlene M Brophy.
Social Studies Excursions, K-3

Social Studies Excursions, K-3

Book One: Powerful Units on Food, Clothing, and Shelter

By Janet E Alleman, Arlene M Brophy

Review how these units align with the National Council for Social Studies Curriculum Standards.

The problem with most social studies textbooks is that they lack the content K–3 students need to develop basic social understandings—despite 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 outisde life, creating a far more substantive program than any major textbook can support....

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Review how these units align with the National Council for Social Studies Curriculum Standards.

The problem with most social studies textbooks is that they lack the content K–3 students need to develop basic social understandings—despite 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 outisde life, creating a far more substantive program than any major textbook can support.

This is the first in a three-volume series in which the authors present instructional units on cultural universals for the primary grades. In this, the first volume, the focus is on food, clothing, and shelter. Although similar units are found in other textbooks, Alleman and Brophy's are more powerful. They focus on content that is elementary and familiar in that it addresses fundamental aspects of the human condition and connects with experience-based tacit knowledge that students already possess. But in addition to reaffirming what students already know, they help students construct knowledge about the cultural universals that they may be unfamiliar with. Students will also discover a great deal of new information, develop connections to help them transform scattered items of knowledge into a network of integrated knowledge, and apply this knowledge to their lives outside of school.

Contents

Contents:
I. Food
1. Functions of Food
2. Choices: Snacks
3. Changes in Food Over Time
4. Changes in Farming Over Time
5. Development of the Food Industry
6. Types of Farming
7. The Story of Bananas
8. The Story of Peanut Butter
9. The Story of Pasta
10. The Story of Apple Pie
11. A Trip to the Supermarket
12. Careers in the Food Industry
13. Special Foods
14. Making Choices
15. Hunger
II. Shelter
1. Functions of Shelter
2. Shelter Types in Our Community
3. Shelter Types Around the World
4. Progress in Shelter Construction
5. Steps in Building a House
6. Careers Associated with Shelter
7. Costs Associated with Your Shelter
8. Choice Making
9. Portable Shelters
10. Design Your Ideal Future Home
11. Homelessness
III. Clothing
1. Functions of Clothing
2. Special Clothing
3. Changes in Clothing Over Time
4. Changes in Children's Clothing Over Time
5. Land to Hand: The Story of Wool
6. Land to Hand: The Story of Cotton
7. Silk and Synthetics
8. Careers and Inventions
9. Choice Making

Companion Resources

National Social Studies Standards