ECH 355 Social Studies Full Course Assignments GCU

ECH 355 Topic 1 Social Studies Methods

Details:
Complete the “Social Studies Methods” with a brief description of the best practice and application of the method for the age groups (Birth to Age 5/Pre-K and K to Age 8/Grade 3) with examples for the following:

  • Active learning
  • Integrated subject areas
  • Meaning and relevance
  • High interest and engagement
  • Social and participatory skills
  • Attitudes and values

Use 3-5 scholarly resources. While APA format is not required for the body of this assignment, solid academic writing is expected. This assignment uses a rubric. Please review the rubric prior to beginning the assignment to become familiar with the expectations for successful completion. You are required to submit this assignment to Turnitin. ECH355_T1_SocialStudiesMethods.docx

ECH 355 Topic 2 Critical Thinking and Concept Formation
Details:
You are asked to present a professional development workshop at your school about critical thinking and concept formation strategies. Create a 10-15 slide presentation about critical thinking and concept formation strategies for the following age groups: Birth to Age 5/Pre-K and K to Age 8/Grade 3. Include the following in the presentation: Critical thinking

  1. Define and explain its importance
  2. Explain how to nurture the process
  3. Explain at least one example for each age group
  4. Explain how it adds value to social studies instruction

Concept formation

  1. Define and explain its importance
  2. Explain how to nurture the process
  3. Explain at least one example for each age group
  4. Explain how it adds value to social studies instruction

In addition, create a title slide, reference slides, and slide notes that offer detailed explanations of your examples. Use 3-5 scholarly resources. While APA format is not required for the body of this assignment, solid academic writing is expected, and in-text citations and references should be presented using APA documentation guidelines, which can be found in the APA Style Guide, located in the Student Success Center. This assignment uses a rubric. Please review the rubric prior to beginning the assignment to become familiar with the expectations for successful completion. You are required to submit this assignment to Turnitin.

Details:
For this assignment, use your field experience placement hours. You will submit your Activity Log in Topic 8 along with your Benchmark Assignment. Observe your classroom teacher conducting a social studies lesson. Make note of how the following methods and processes are implemented and nurtured: active learning, integrated subject areas, meaning and relevance, high interest and engagement, social and participatory skills, attitudes and values, critical thinking, and concept formation. Interview the classroom teacher to learn more about the social studies classroom using the following:

  1. How long have you been teaching and in what grade levels?
  2. What factors did you consider when setting up your classroom environment?
  3. How did you build a sensitive and caring classroom learning community?
  4. What challenges have you encountered when working in your current classroom?
  5. How did you establish and manage daily routines and transitions?
  6. What do you feel are the most important components of social studies lesson?
  7. What instructional strategies do you use and why?
  8. How do you differentiate instruction based on the needs of your students?
  9. What resources and technology do you use and why?
  10. How do you use assessment to drive your instruction?

Include two additional interview questions based on your observation. Write a 750-1,000-word summary and analysis of the following: Summary of the lesson observed

  1. Age group
  2. Teacher’s instructional approach and practices
  3. Students’ responses

Analysis of the lesson observed

  1. Effectiveness of the lesson
  2. What would you change?
  3. What components of the classroom environment are appropriate for the age group? Or are not?
  4. How the following were implemented and nurtured: active learning, integrated subject areas, meaning and relevance, high interest and engagement, social and participatory skills, attitudes and values, critical thinking, and concept formation.

Summary of teacher interview responses Include all questions and responses Analysis of teacher interview responses

  1. What did you learn from the responses?
  2. How will what you learned effect your future classroom?

While APA format is not required for the lesson plan, solid academic writing is expected. Prepare the reflection according to the APA guidelines found in the APA Style Guide, located in the Student Success Center. This assignment uses a rubric. Please review the rubric prior to beginning the assignment to become familiar with the expectations for successful completion. You are required to submit the reflection to Turnitin. Document the hours and locations that you spend in the field on your Clinical Field Experience Verification Form. Submit the Clinical Field Experience Verification Form with the last assignment by the assignment due date. Directions for submitting can be found on the College of Education site in the Student Success Center.

ECH 355 Topic 4 Self, Community, Culture, and Diversity: Birth to Age 8/Grade 3

Details:
For this assignment, use your field experience placement hours.Use the format of one of the “Lesson Plan Templates” to create a lesson plan for ages Birth to Age 8/Grade 3. The lesson plan should cover one or more of the following topics: self, community, culture, and diversity and contain the following information:

  1. Clear, measurable learning objectives that align to early learning standards (ELS) as well as your state’s subject standards.
  2. Anticipatory set
  3. Vocabulary
  4. Reasoning and problem-solving
  5. Relevant materials and resources including visual or audio resources
  6. Differentiation of instruction to address the diverse needs of students. Name the differentiation strategies used to achieve individual learning outcomes.
  7. Assessments

Implement this lesson with changes based on previous feedback. Write a 500-750-word reflection based on the feedback you received from your classroom teacher and personal observations about the experience, explain the following:

  1. Strengths and opportunities for growth. Provide specific evidence from your activity including changes based on previous feedback.
  2. Which of the following methods did you implement and how: active learning, integrated subject areas, meaning and relevance, high interest and engagement, social and participatory skills, and attitudes and values?
  3. Which of the following did you nurture and how: critical thinking, and concept formation?
  4. What changes will you implement in your next lesson? Be sure to provide specific examples.

While APA format is not required for the lesson plan, solid academic writing is expected. Prepare the reflection according to the APA guidelines found in the APA Style Guide, located in the Student Success Center. This assignment uses a rubric. Please review the rubric prior to beginning the assignment to become familiar with the expectations for successful completion. You are required to submit the reflection to Turnitin. Document the hours and locations that you spend in the field on your Clinical Field Experience Verification Form. Submit the Clinical Field Experience Verification Form with the last assignment by the assignment due date. Directions for submitting can be found on the College of Education site in the Student Success Center.

ECH 355 Topic 5 People, Places, and the Environment – Age 3 to Age 5

For this assignment, use your field experience placement hours. Use the format of one of the “Lesson Plan Templates” to create a lesson plan for ages 3 to 5. The lesson plan should cover one or more of the following topics: people, places, and the environment and contain the following information:

  1. Clear, measurable learning objectives that align to early learning standards (ELS) as well as your state’s subject standards.
  2. Anticipatory set
  3. Vocabulary
  4. Reasoning and problem-solving
  5. Relevant materials and resources including visual or audio resources
  6. Differentiation of instruction to address the diverse needs of students. Name the differentiation strategies used to achieve individual learning outcomes.
  7. Assessments

Implement this lesson with changes based on previous feedback. Write a 500-750-word reflection based on the feedback you received from your classroom teacher and personal observations about the experience, explain the following:

  1. Strengths and opportunities for growth. Provide specific evidence from your activity including changes based on previous feedback.
  2. Which of the following did you implement and how: active learning, integrated subject areas, meaning and relevance, high interest and engagement, social and participatory skills, and attitudes and values?
  3. Which of the following did you implement and how: critical thinking, and concept formation?
  4. What changes will you implement in your next lesson? Be sure to provide specific examples.

While APA format is not required for the lesson plan, solid academic writing is expected. Prepare the reflection according to the APA guidelines found in the APA Style Guide, located in the Student Success Center. This assignment uses a rubric. Please review the rubric prior to beginning the assignment to become familiar with the expectations for successful completion. You are required to submit the reflection to Turnitin. Document the hours and locations that you spend in the field on your Clinical Field Experience Verification Form. Submit the Clinical Field Experience Verification Form with the last assignment by the assignment due date. Directions for submitting can be found on the College of Education site in the Student Success Center.

How can social studies concepts be connected to science, math, literature, and the arts? Give specific examples.

Complete the “Social Studies Methods” with a brief description of the best practice and application of the method for the age groups (Birth to Age 5/Pre-K and K to Age 8/Grade 3) with examples for the following:

  • Active learning
  • Integrated subject areas
  • Meaning and relevance
  • High interest and engagement
  • Social and participatory skills
  • Attitudes and values

Use 3-5 scholarly resources. While APA format is not required for the body of this assignment, solid academic writing is expected. This assignment uses a rubric. Please review the rubric prior to beginning the assignment to become familiar with the expectations for successful completion. You are required to submit this assignment to Turnitin.ECH355_T1_SocialStudiesMethods.docx

Details:
For this assignment, use your field experience placement hours. Use the format of one of the “Lesson Plan Templates” to create a lesson plan for K to Age 8/Grade 3. The lesson plan should cover one or more of the following topics: government, citizenship, and global education and contain the following information:

  1. Clear, measurable learning objectives that align to Early Learning Standards (ELS) as well as your state’s subject standards.
  2. Anticipatory set
  3. Vocabulary
  4. Reasoning and problem-solving
  5. Relevant materials and resources including visual or audio resources
  6. Differentiation of instruction to address the diverse needs of students. Name the differentiation strategies used to achieve individual learning outcomes.
  7. Assessments

Implement this lesson with changes based on previous feedback. Write a 500-750-word reflection based on the feedback you received from your classroom teacher and personal observations about the experience, explain the following:

  1. Strengths and opportunities for growth. Provide specific evidence from your activity including changes based on previous feedback.
  2. Which of the following did you implement and how: active learning, integrated subject areas, meaning and relevance, high interest and engagement, social and participatory skills, and attitudes and values?
  3. Which of the following did you implement and how: critical thinking, and concept formation?
  4. What changes will you implement in your next lesson? Be sure to provide specific examples.

While APA format is not required for the lesson plan, solid academic writing is expected. Prepare the reflection according to the APA guidelines found in the APA Style Guide, located in the Student Success Center. This assignment uses a rubric. Please review the rubric prior to beginning the assignment to become familiar with the expectations for successful completion. You are required to submit the reflection to Turnitin. Document the hours and locations that you spend in the field on your Clinical Field Experience Verification Form. Submit the Clinical Field Experience Verification Form with the last assignment by the assignment due date. Directions for submitting can be found on the College of Education site in the Student Success Center.

Details:
For this benchmark, you will create a newsletter with at-home activities that reinforce the concepts from one of the lesson plans created in Topics 4 through 7.With your practicum population in mind, create a fun and interactive 250-500-word newsletter with at-home activities that will engage families in the development of children’s social studies awareness. Include the following:

  • Newsletter title, subtitles, date, graphics, and other appropriate newsletter items.
  • Brief description of the social studies concepts, standards, and objectives.
  • Explanation why these concepts are important in early childhood development.
  • Description of at least three at-home activities that parents can use to reinforce social studies concepts.
  • Documentation to be returned to school to:
  1. Gauge student participation
  2. Collect constructive criticism from students and families
  • Resources, including technology and/or manipulatives, to support social studies learning for students’ at-home.
  • Free community or online social studies resources for families.

Review the newsletter with your cooperating teacher for feedback and revise as needed. Write a 500-750-word reflection based on the feedback you received from your cooperating teacher and personal insight about the experience, explain the following:

  • What value did you find in doing the social studies newsletter for families? Give supporting details for your opinion.
  • Strengths and opportunities for improving future newsletters. Provide specific examples.
  • What is your plan to appropriately modify the newsletter activities to meet each child’s learning needs, including children with disabilities, and promote positive outcomes?  Modifications should be detailed and based on evaluation of personal practice.

Prepare this assignment according to the APA guidelines found in the APA Style Guide, located in the Student Success Center. An abstract is not required.

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