Tools to Use in Social Studies

Tools to strengthen Social Studies instruction.
Tools to strengthen Social Studies instruction.

Social Studies concepts can be difficult for some students to learn.  However, there are some tools teachers can use increase a student’s access to academic content. Check out the 8 research-based strategies listed below.

  • Graphic Organizers – Graphic Organizers, Mind Maps and Concept Maps provide a pictorial or graphic way to organize information and thoughts for remembering, understanding and writing.
  • Multiple Intelligences – Dr. Howard Gardner proposed the theory in 1983 that there are 8 multiple types of intelligences or ways of processing information.  (verbal-linguistic, logical-mathematical, visual-spatial, musical, naturalistic, bodily-kinesthetic, interpersonal, intrapersonal.
  • Graph Dissection – Taking apart of breaking down information found in graphs, charts, maps and other graphics.
  • Content Enhancements – Includes advanced organizers, visual displays, study guides, mnemonic devices, peer mediated instruction and computer assisted instruction.
  • Historical Timelines – Timelines help students understand the passage of time by comparing the length of time passed with a time sequence with which they are familiar.
  • Textbook Analysis – The systematic analysis of the text materials including the structure, the focus, and the learning assists.
  • Concept Comparisons – Students use a graphic to compare and contrast key concepts.
  • Assistive technology – Any item, piece of equipment, or product system that is used to increase, maintain, or improve functional capabilities of individual with disabilities.

There is no ONE WAY to teach Social Studies. The key to developing lessons is to try different techniques and assess their effectiveness.

Isn’t education ALL about reaching the kids?
Isn’t education ALL about reaching the kids?

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