What are the social sciences? Social sciences can cover a wide range of topics including psychology, sociology, political science, economics, and even history. Unfortunately, this is one of the topics that is losing attraction and being put on the back burner, figuratively speaking. Social sciences have present a critical need to be taught in schools' curriculum. The social sciences are being taught in the social studies curriculum. Teachers need to be able to not only understand the content but be able to translate it to students in kid-friendly language using appropriate teaching pedagogy.
Working on map skills with students but struggling to make meaningful connections? Use World Map Interactive Games for students to practice at home, in class, or even on the bus! Using this online-based program, students will be able to successfully identify continents, countries, and even capitals!
The article "Primary Sources in the Social Studies Classroom: Historical Inquiry with Book Backdrops", examines the use of children's literature and promotes the use of primary resources in the secondary classroom. The Common Core State Standards ask teachers to include primary resources in their middle and high school social studies instruction. Cowgill (2015) explains that digital primary sources are at an advantage because they are easily accessible and can sometimes be edited to fit the needs of your individual students. Today's online databases provide teachers with a vast variety of primary resources that can be used to visually enhance lessons. Some online primary sources include: pictures, maps. cartoons, speeches, videos, and music. The following screenshots display images from an app called DocsTeach that can be used in your own classroom to find primary resources: