Weaving Children’s Literature into Social Studies K–5

Workshop Goals and Outline

This workshop-planning guide contains a variety of learning opportunities based on participant needs. There are many more activities than can be incorporated into the workshop, so the facilitator should choose activities/processes based on participants’ experience, time available and expressed need.

Workshop Goals:

  1. Discuss and explore how children’s literature can facilitate student learning in the Social Studies program.
  2. Further develop understanding of the Alberta Social Studies program.
  3. Share ideas, strategies and experiences using children’s literature to support student learning in Social Studies.

Workshop Outline:

Activity

Suggested Time

Objective/ Goal
Addressed

Part 1: Introductory Material and Miss Rumphius, 8:30 – 10:15

A.

Introduction

15 min.

  • Further develop understanding of the Alberta Social Studies program.

B.

Advantages of Using Children’s Literature and Literature Lists

15 min.

  • Discuss and explore how children’s literature can facilitate student learning in the Social Studies program.

C.

Review of Some Special Books

30 min.

D.

Miss Rumphius Story

25 min.

  • Share ideas, strategies and experiences using children’s literature to support student learning in Social Studies.

E.

Traditions and Lifestyle Activity

20 min.

Part 2: Interactive Read-Aloud and The Moccasins, 10:30 – 12:00

F.

Interactive Read-Aloud Activity:  Interactive Read Aloud as a Teaching Strategy and Route to Inquiry

1 hr. and 30 min.

  • Discuss and explore how children’s literature can facilitate student learning in the Social Studies program.

Part 3: The Strands and Big Ideas, 1:00 – 2:15

G.

Strands and Big Ideas Activity

1 hr. and 15 min.

  • Further develop understanding of the Alberta Social Studies program.
  • Discuss and explore how children’s literature can facilitate student learning in the Social Studies program.

Part 4: Projects and Strategies, 2:30 – 3:30

H.

Selecting Non-fiction

10 min.

  • Share ideas, strategies and experiences using children’s literature to support student learning in Social Studies.

I.

Novel Studies in the Social Studies

10 min.

J.

Multiple Perspectives

15 min.

K.

General Sharing

25 min.

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This resource was developed by ERLC as a result of a grant from Alberta Education to support implementation.