Applications in Elementary School Social Studies Teaching


Fall, 1999

Dr. Loretta Kuse



Meeting Times and Places

Catalog Statement


University of Northern Iowa Mission Statement

College of Education Mission Statement

Department of Curriculum and Instruction Mission Statement

Applications in Elementary School Social Studies Outcomes


Other Helpful Resource Materials

Course Requirements


Special Note


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SPECIAL NOTE: The University of Northern Iowa is an Affirmative Action Equal Opportunity Institution. Students with disabilities and other special needs should feel free to contact the professor privately if there are services or adaptations which can be made to accommodate specific needs.

Instructor - Dr. Loretta Kuse

Meeting Times and Places

Schindler Education Center - Room 120 - Monday/Wednesday - 12:30-1:45

Office Hours

8:30-9:30 - Monday/Wednesday; 1:45-3:15 - Monday/Wednesday

Catalog Statement

Applying knowledge of current trends, resources, and content as a means of developing, enriching and expanding the social studies curriculum. Prerequisites: 210:164; junior standing or consent of instructor.


The purpose of this course is to provide a greater depth of understanding and experiences in the area of teaching social studies than a beginning, survey class can give. Students read related professional literature, apply learning in hands-on situations, and think, write, and talk reflectively about their experiences.

University of Northern Iowa Mission Statement

The University of Northern Iowa, a public institution of higher learning, embraces a tripartite mission of teaching, research, and professional service.

To fulfill this mission and attain greater educational distinction, the University is committed to maintaining its historical emphases on instructional excellence and faculty/student interaction; on promoting faculty development through research, creative activities, and continuing scholarship; and on serving the citizens of Iowa and the nation through appropriate professional activities. In seeking to create, preserve, and disseminate knowledge, the University is committed to providing an optimum level of learning opportunities for the intellectual development of its students, faculty, and staff.

The University of Northern Iowa offers a broad range of degree programs and educational opportunities at the undergraduate and master's levels, and advanced study in selected practitioner-oriented doctoral programs. These academic degree programs are complemented by a range of continuing and non-traditional educational opportunities, both on and off campus.

Above all, the pursuit of excellence and distinction in all University programs and activities is critical to fulfilling the University's public responsibilities for the development of an educated and productive Iowa citizenry and for providing leadership and service to the nation and the world.

College of Education Mission Statement

The mission of the University of Northern Iowa College of Education is threefold. First, the College exists to prepare educational and human service professionals for a variety of direct service and leadership roles in school and non-school settings. Second, faculty members in the college conduct applied and basic research in the areas of teaching and learning, human behavior, human growth and development, and educational policy. Third, the college of Education provides service on the local, state, regional, and national levels. By doing so, the College of Education effectively serves in a leadership role for the improvement of education and human services at state and national levels.

Department of Curriculum and Instruction Mission Statement

The mission of the Department of Curriculum and Instruction faculty is to (a) communicate knowledge, skills, and attitudes underlying effective educative processes, (b) assume leadership specialties, and (c) add to the knowledge base of the academic profession and specialties.

Applications in Elementary School Social Studies Outcomes

Use the following scale to rate yourself on the first day of class, at midterm , and at the end of the semester. (Excellent = 5; Very Good = 4; Good = 3; Fair = 2; Poor = 1)

Upon completion of 210:143g, Applications in Elementary Social Studies Teaching, prospective teachers will:

I. Demonstrate an understanding of child development.

A. Understand and apply stage theory development to the social studies teaching.

B. Create developmentally appropriate social studies learning materials.

II. Demonstrate a knowledge of the discipline of social studies through writing, talking, and teaching.

A. Examine and talk about various definitions of social studies.

B. Be able to define the content or history, geography, economics, sociology, anthropology, and political science and share these ideas with others.

C. Recognize the interrelationship of the social science disciplines and share this information with others.

D. Understand various ways in which social studies curriculum materials are organized and share this information with others. (Expanding Horizons, Spiral, Separate Subjects, etc.)

III. Select appropriate social studies topics.

A. Use the content of the social sciences to identify and work with social studies topics.

B. Narrow social studies topics to provide focus for study in lessons and units.

C. Broaden social studies topics to challenge the imagination and interest of gifted children.

IV. Develop appropriate social studies content generalizations.

A. Distinguish between social studies facts, concepts, and generalizations and share these ideas with others.

B. Write and use appropriate generalizations for an identified social studies topic based upon facts and concepts.

V. Develop learning objectives related to the social studies.

A. Write and use knowledge-based social studies objectives.

B. Write and use skill-based social studies objectives.

C. Write and use affective-oriented social studies objectives.

VI. Create appropriate social studies activities.

A. Match social studies activities to selected learning objectives and use them in a classroom setting.

B. Develop lesson plans which integrate the elementary curriculum around a social studies topic and teach the lessons.

VII. Use multiple social studies teaching resources.

A. Identify the advantages and limitations of social studies textbooks. curriculum guides, kits, games, video tapes, and computer programs.

B. Integrate and use of children's literature and other media materials into social studies lessons.

C. Use maps and globes as teaching tools in constructing social studies lessons.

D. Use time lines and sequence lines as teaching tools in constructing social studies lessons.

E. Use graphs, charts, and pictures as teaching tools in constructing social studies lessons.

F. Develop social studies learning experiences supported by technology.

G. Utilize community resources in developing social studies learning sequences.

H. Gather and use a variety of materials useful for teaching social studies

I. Organize and use big ideas and materials in social studies.

J. Construct and use meaningful social studies materials.

VIII. Determine appropriate assessment strategies in the social studies.

A. Recognize the relationship between teaching and assessment and apply it to classroom settings.

B. Utilize authentic assessment strategies in evaluating learning experiences in the social studies.

IX. Function as a professional.

A. Identify your own needs and interests in the area of social studies.

B. Ask meaningful questions to guide your own learning in the area of social studies.

C. Do research to find answers to questions in social studies materials.

D. Recognize the contribution of the National council for the Social Studies to the teaching profession and join a professional social studies organization.

E. Be knowledgeable of national standards in the area of social studies and begin building a professional library.

F. Orally share information with others in the area of social studies.

G. Learn by listening to and observing others.

H. Understand and use various teaching methods and techniques in social studies. (Problem Method, Inquiry, Discovery, Lecture, Storytelling, etc.)

I. Motivate others to learn social studies materials and ideas through writing and talking.

J. Perceive and analyze growth and change in elementary social studies.


Applications in Elementary School Social Studies Teaching - Kuse and Kuse

Martorella. (1998). Social Studies for Elementary School Children. Merrill Publishing Company.

Other Helpful Resource Materials

Elementary social studies methods books and curriculum guides for social studies.

Children's literature related to social studies.

Materials published by the National Council for the Social Studies:

Social Education

Social Studies and the Young Learner

Social Studies Curriculum Planning Resources

The Social Studies. Published bimonthly by Heldref Publications.

Schneider, D and others. (1994). Curriculum standards for social studies expectations of excellence: National Council for the Social Studies. Washington, D.C.: National Council for the Social Studies.

Bednarz, S. and others. (1994). Geography for life: National geography standards. Washington, D. C.: Geography Education Standards Project.

National Standards for history, United States history, world history, economics, and civics and government.

Bulletins or yearbooks.

Social Studies web sites.

Course Requirements

Complete eleven lessons

Take two examinations

Attend and participate in class


The eleven lessons, examinations, attendance and participation in class will be considered.