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Felchlin, Linda

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B.S.Ed. (Bachelor of Science in Education)

Legacy Department

Department of Literacy and Elementary Education


The focus of this project is to create units of instruction, of a whole language approach, for teaching Social Studies in the elementary classroom. These units are designed to be used in place of or along with traditional curriculum. They span subjects covered throughout the year in a fifth grade classroom, and incorporate the six disciplines of Social Studies: anthropology, economics, geography, history, political-science, and sociology. This·project includes outdoor education lesson plans, articles, integration possibilities, videoresources, and internet lesson plans. This project is a compilation of these resources designed to help a classroom teacher with effective instruction from various media. Research methods included obtaining several fifth grade texts to get an idea of what students are expected to learn. I chose several topics I decided were important and went to local libraries to research them and collect activities and appropriate children's literature. I have found that almost any topic can be approached from all six disciplines and thereby give students a more well-rounded education. I also concluded that units such as these are very necessary, as there is a lack of quality alternatives to traditional textbook material. I believe this project will prove very helpful to me and teachers who use it.


Includes bibliographical references.


178 unnumbered pages




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