JUNIOR DIVISION SOCIAL STUDIES All courses build on the strands and topics taught in the primary division.
ACHIEVEMENT CHARTS • Start at Grade 1 • Common achievement chart for Grades 1- 6 Social Studies and for Grades 7 and 8 History and Geography • Four categories of the Social Studies Achievement Chart include: - knowledge and understanding - thinking - communication ( including map, globe, and graphic skills) - application * Note that 3 of the 4 achievement categories focus on process skills, and one focuses on content.
TEACHING APPROACHES • Vague direction is provided… - “grade and age appropriate activities and assignments” - “ encourage mastery of basic concepts” - “…and development of history and research skills” - “…emphasize the relationship to the world outside of the school” - “…encourage students to recognize the value and relevance of what they are learning”
SPECIFIC STRATEGIES THAT ARE SUGGESTED • Guest speakers • Visits to local museums • Archeological digs • Visits to areas of geographical features ( landforms, rivers, battlefields, etc.) • Visits to art galleries • Visits to festivals
They create a base of common experience. • A strong base of common experiences creates a strong basis for skill development.
BRAINSTORMING TIME!!! • What other rich, commonexperiences can be provided for students in a strong Junior Social Studies program?
ORGANIZATION OF THE JUNIOR SOCIAL STUDIES PROGRAM • Two strands: 1. Heritage and Citizenship 2. Canada and World Connections
All units within these strands are based on a spiral curriculum model • Within the strand Heritage and Citizenship, students study: - Medieval Times - Early Civilizations - First Nation Peoples and European Explorers The “spiral” is based on common themes such as travel, clothing, foods, or farming.
Grade 4 Units • Medieval Times • Canada’s Provinces, Territories and Regions • This is the first Social Studies year where we begin to see a topical separation of History and Geography (but still referred to as Social Studies).
Grade 5 Units • Early Civilizations • Aspects of Citizenship and Government in Canada
Grade 6 Units • First Nation Peoples and European Explorers • Canada’s Links to the World
CHARACTERISTICS OF STRONG SOCIAL STUDIES INSTRUCTION FOR 9 – 12 YEAR OLDS ?
Active Learning in Social Studies • What does it look like? • What does it sound like?
OUR TASK • Select one unit from one grade level. • Develop concentric circle plans to make a rough outline for this unit. - Unit title - Knowledge and Understanding Expectations - Connect K and U Expectations to process expectations under the three other expectation headings in the guideline - With both Knowledge/Understanding and process expectations in mind, develop an outline of active strategies you would use with your students to achieve these expectations.