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

Book Two: Powerful Units on Communication, Transportation, and Family Living

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 outside 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 outside life, creating a far more substantive program than any major textbook can support.

This is the second in a three-volume series in which the authors present instructional units on cultural universals for the primary grades. Here, the focus is on communication, transportation, and family living. Although similar units are found in other textbooks, Alleman and Brophy's provide much more depth. They help teachers concentrate on content that is basic and familiar to students, addressing fundamental aspects of the human condition and connecting with experience-based knowledge. In addition to reaffirming what students already know, these units help teachers impart knowledge about the cultural universals unfamiliar to students, develop connections to help students transform scattered bits of information into a network of integrated knowledge, and guide students in applying this knowledge to their lives outside of school.

Social Studies Excursions, K-3 has been developed primarily for teachers who are looking for a supplement to-if not substitute for-their primary-grade textbook. Teacher educators will find it a one-of-a-kind resource. Staff developers will find it an excellent reference for workshops and presentations on how to create a more powerful social studies program that reflects reform standards.

Contents

Contents:
I. Communication
1. What Is It? Why Is It So Important?
2. Means and Functions of Communication
3. Changes in Communication Over Time
4. Types of Communication: Personal Interactive and Personal Delayed Interactive
5. Mass Communication
6. A Trip to a Television Station
7. Careers in Communication
8. Signs and Symbols: Nonverbal Communication
9. Communication: Languages
10. Maps: Tools for Communication
11. Communication: Being a Responsible Citizen
12. Decision Making: Communicating a Cause or Publicizing a Good or Service
13. Decision Making: Mass Media (Television)
14. Review
II. Transportation
1. What Is It? Why Is It So Important?
2. Changes in Transportation Over Time
3. Types of Transportation
4. Passenger Transportation
5. Emergency Vehicles
6. Mass Production
7. Transportation: Necessary Regulations
8. Maps: Tools for Transportation
9. Human Designs and Construction Facilitate Travel
10. Transportation Around the World: More Alike than Different
11. A Visit to a Local Transportation Facility: Train Station, Airport, or Harbor
12. Decision Making: Which Mode? Which Means?
13. Careers in Transportation
14. Transportation: Being a Responsible Citizen
15. Cars and Trucks: An Environmental Challenge
16. Transportation: An Authentic Assessment
III. Family Living
1. What Is a Family?
2. Many Kinds of Families
3. Families Change
4. Family Life Has Changed Over Time
5. Geographic Influences on Family Life
6.Family Celebrations
7. Our Family Ancestors: Immigrants to the New World
8. Recent Immigrants to America and Their Family Practices
9. Families Teach and Learn
10. Family Rules and Responsibilities
11. Strategies That Enhance Family Life
12. Family Assistance
13. Families as Citizens
14. Family Support
15. Family Living: A Celebration of Our Learning

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