Graduation Year

2012

Location

Lower Level, Ames Library, Illinois Wesleyan University

Start Date

14-4-2012 9:00 AM

End Date

14-4-2012 10:00 AM

Description

It is not uncommon in many elementary classrooms today, that subjects such as social studies receive limited daily instruction time in favor of mathematics and literacy. This situation, in my second grade student teaching classroom, inspired me to study the practice of using read-alouds during literacy time to introduce and reinforce social studies content. I read selected children’s literature aloud to the whole class and we discussed the story, highlighting its connections to social studies, during and after my reading. I used children’s literature, field notes, and student reflection assignments to draw the conclusion that the integration of social studies into reading instruction was an engaging and practical way to expand students’ exposure to and knowledge of topics in social studies. Specifically, I also concluded that read-alouds facilitated my students’ application of vocabulary and their ability to make connections to other texts as well as to the world around them.

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Making More Time For Social Studies: Intergrating Social Studies into Reading Instruction Through Whole Class Read-Alouds

Lower Level, Ames Library, Illinois Wesleyan University

It is not uncommon in many elementary classrooms today, that subjects such as social studies receive limited daily instruction time in favor of mathematics and literacy. This situation, in my second grade student teaching classroom, inspired me to study the practice of using read-alouds during literacy time to introduce and reinforce social studies content. I read selected children’s literature aloud to the whole class and we discussed the story, highlighting its connections to social studies, during and after my reading. I used children’s literature, field notes, and student reflection assignments to draw the conclusion that the integration of social studies into reading instruction was an engaging and practical way to expand students’ exposure to and knowledge of topics in social studies. Specifically, I also concluded that read-alouds facilitated my students’ application of vocabulary and their ability to make connections to other texts as well as to the world around them.