Social Studies

Central Rivers Social Studies Learning

Social Studies provides students with the skills and knowledge necessary to help make a positive impact on the future. At Central Rivers AEA we are dedicated to providing educators with the most current, research-based resources. Best practice in Social Studies involves asking in-depth questions and using a variety of sources to create informed answers. The process of Inquiry challenges students to think creatively and cite evidence that is based on fact. Students will learn to communicate their reasoning in clear and concise forms. In a progression of skills and higher-order thinking, students will become ready for college, career and civic life.

Inquiry & Active Learning Research Materials

Trevor MacKenzieWebsite
Dive Into Inquiry
Dan RothsteinRight Question Institute
Make Just One Change: Teach Students to Ask Their Own Questions
Douglas RisherEngagement By Design
Warren BergerBeautiful Questions in the Classroom
Sam WineburgStandford History Education Group
Why Learn History (When It’s Already On Your Phone)
Jay McTigheDesigning Authentic Performance Tasks and Projects
Releah Cossett LentThis Is Disciplinary Literacy; Reading, Writing, Thinking, and Doing… Content Area by Content Area
John HattieVisible Learning For Social Studies
Judith C. HochmanThe Writing Revolution; A guide to advancing thinking through writing in all subjects and grades
Jacy IppolitoDisciplinary Literacy Inquiry & Instruction
Dylan WiliamEmbedded Formative Assessment

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On-Demand Learning

Social Studies Inquiry Progressions: Overview

This overview will explain the importance and structure of the Iowa Social Studies Inquiry Standards. The progression K-12 will be shown and direct examples will be provided on what they can look like in the classroom. The resources provided will help the learner grow their understanding of inquiry in the classroom.

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Social Studies Inquiry Progressions: Gathering and Evaluating Sources

This learning will offer some ‘think abouts’ for teachers and students to consider as they use primary, secondary, and onlines sources to form claims. The resources and considerations provided will help all learners identify and use accurate and credible information to guide their inquiries.

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