Bharati Baichan 07/17/2021Topic 1: Discussion 1Share a learning activity that would integrate social studies and the arts, and brainstorm how you would teach this during a social studies lesson.Social studies provide knowledge in topics including economics, geography, and history. Social Studies provides opportunities for students to develop the attitudes skills and knowledge that can allow them to become engaged, active, and responsible individuals who can comprehend and understand how different changes can affect their community, society, and even the world. Students benefit from learning and exploring different topics of history and culture. Visuals are a great way to have students engage in a social studies lesson. They can learn different vocabulary words and even improve their memory. Visuals support students’ culture, history, meaning, and their communication skills and those areas include the use of media (e.g., painting and drawing), structures and functions (e.g., the balance oflines and shapes), selection of subject matter, and symbols to communicate meaning, history and cultures, reflection, assessment of the qualities of artwork created by students or others, and connectingvisual arts with other subject areas” (Brewer, Brown 2009 p. 137). Visuals and arts also encourage students who have difficulty communicating. Through art, students can communicate and different visuals and arts support students’ learning abilities. Reference:Brewer, E. A., & Brown, S. L. (2009). Perspectives on Social Studies and Visual Arts Integration. Kappa Delta Pi Record, 45(3), 135–139.
Bharati Baichan07/19/2021Topic 1: Discussion 2Why is it important to help your students make connections between new social studies concepts and their prior knowledge? How can you encourage students to share their prior knowledge in meaningful ways?It is important to help your students make connections between new social studies concepts and their prior knowledge because it also helps students become engaged in the lesson. It is also important for students to realize that students have a lot to offer to classroom learning and discussions (Alber. 2011). Prior knowledge and background knowledge allow students to understand that informational text requires background knowledge (Newman et al. 2019). Students need to apply previously learned concepts to gradually complicated texts. Students will be required to provide evidence from the text and show a thorough understanding of these concepts and think of different ways to apply these concepts. When encouraging students to share their prior knowledge in a meaningful way, teachers can encourage brainstorming (Alber. 2011). Through brainstorming, students become engaged and are also learning from their classmates. For example, the teacher can write a word, term, or phrase on the board such as “Abraham Lincoln” and students will write things that come to mind such as, 16thpresident, assassinated,tall hat, and anything else associated with President Lincoln. These brainstorming activities can be used