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

Second Edition


July 2008 | 200 pages | Corwin
Give your students the opportunity to think, to discover, and to learn together! The second edition of Catch Them Thinking in Social Studies demonstrates how teachers can use cooperative learning strategies to fully engage students in the social studies curriculum. The authors offer engaging activities and a variety of problem-solving lessons in five areas of social studies instruction: geography, politics, economics, culture, and history.

This updated edition includes new activities and helps teachers prepare students to:

- Rely on themselves and their peers for information

- Work closely with others Make suggestions

- Use trial-and-error strategies Have fun learning about social studies

 
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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