Covering social studies topics not experienced by students can still be relevant to students by focusing on recurring themes and concepts. After reviewing your state’s social studies standards, what ideas do you have to teach the curriculum in a way that is relevant to your future students? Refer to a 4th graders elementary grade level and standard in your response.
(My State of NJ social studies standards)
Intent and Spirit of the Social Studies Standards
All students receive social studies instruction from Preschool through grade 12. The challenges of the 21st century are complex, have global implications, and are connected to people, places, and events of the past. The study of social studies focuses on deep understanding of concepts that enable students to think critically and systematically about local, regional, national, and global issues.
Authentic learning experiences that enable students to apply content knowledge, develop citizenship skills, and collaborate with students from around the world prepare New Jersey students for the 21st-century workplace. The natural integration of technology in social studies education allows students to overcome geographic borders, apply scientific and mathematical analysis to historical questions and contemporary issues, appreciate cultural diversity, and experience events through the examination of primary sources.