Cooperative Problem-Solving Activities for Social Studies, Grades 6-12
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Cooperative Problem-Solving Activities for Social Studies, Grades 6-12

Second Edition


© 2009 | 200 pages | Corwin

"These activities will foster participation and critical thinking in the classroom."
—R. Jon Frey, Director of Speech Activities
Aberdeen Central High School, SD

"Cooperative group learning is a powerful approach, and this book provides explicit ideas and guidelines."
—Stephanie van Hover, Associate Professor of Social Studies Education
University of Virginia

Give your students the opportunity to think, discover, and learn together in social studies!

Teamwork helps students strengthen individual retention, improve performance, and promote meaning-making in the classroom. To give adolescent minds practice in critical thinking, the authors use their considerable teaching experience to present more than 40 problem-solving activities that are ready for immediate use in the social studies classroom.

This second edition of Catch Them Thinking in Social Studies demonstrates how to use collaborative learning strategies to fully engage students in meaning-making. Cooperative Problem-Solving Activities for Social Studies, Grades 6–12 offers lessons in five areas of social studies instruction: geography, politics, economics, culture, and history. Each activity includes background information, clue cards, objectives, tasks, and worksheets. This updated edition helps teachers:

  • Develop students' decision-making, analysis, and communication skills
  • Foster teamwork and interdependent learning
  • Construct cooperative problem-solving activities using their own curriculum

Featuring current research and new activities, this hands-on resource helps teachers facilitate cooperative problem solving in social studies and provides teacher tips throughout the book.

 
Foreword by Tim Erickson
 
Preface
 
About the Authors
 
Introduction
 
1. Geography: Time Zones, Maps, and Population Counts
Activity 1: The IBA: Globe Trotting  
Activity 2: The IBA: Time Zones  
Activity 3: The IBA: Playoff Schedule  
Activity 4: The IBA: Satellite TV  
Activity 5: Maps of the United States and Canada  
Activity 6: Demographics: "Population Shifts"  
Activity 7: World Rankings  
Activity 8: US Population Clock Projections  
Activity 9: World Population Clock Projections  
 
2. Politics: US Political Processes
Activity 10: The President's Cabinet  
Activity 11: Apportionment  
Activity 12: Apportionment: The Equal Proportions Method  
Activity 13: Gerrymandering a State  
Activity 14: Gerrymandering a County  
Activity 15: The Electoral College and the Election of 1824  
Activity 16: "Capitol" Murder: How to Kill a Bill  
Activity 17: Coming to America  
 
3. Economics: My Money, Our Money
Activity 18: Interest(ing) Times  
Activity 19: The IRS and the Single Taxpayer  
Activity 20: The Power of Diversification  
Activity 21: Family Matters  
Activity 22: Social Security Retirement Benefits  
Activity 23: Watch Your Money Grow  
Activity 24: Watch Your Money Go!  
Activity 25: Mortgage Smorgasbord  
Activity 26: To Buy or Not to Buy  
Activity 27: Real and Personal Property Taxes  
 
4. Cultures: Mystery From History
Activity 28: Succession to the British Throne (Part 1)  
Activity 29: Succession to the British Throne (Part 2)  
Activity 30: Royal Surfing (Part 1)  
Activity 31: Royal Surfing (Part 2)  
Activity 32: Roman Numerals  
Activity 33: Mayan Math (Part 1)  
Activity 34: Mayan Math (Part 2)  
Activity 35: Search for the Zytar (Part 1)  
Activity 36: Search for the Zytar (Part 2)  
Activity 37: Search for the Zytar (Part 3)  
 
5. History: Perspectives on Past Events
Activity 38: The American Revolution  
Activity 39: The Election of 1824  
Activity 40: The 1850's  
Activity 41: The Roaring Twenties  
Activity 42: What's in a Name?  
Activity 43: Five Great Presidents  
Activity 44: The Headright System  
Activity 45: US Population Growth 1790-1860  
 
Index

“Cooperative group learning is a powerful approach, and this book provides explicit ideas and guidelines.”

Stephanie van Hover, Associate Professor of Social Studies Education
University of Virginia

“These activities will foster participation and critical thinking in the classroom.”

R. Jon Frey, Director of Speech Activities
Aberdeen Central High School, SD

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