Grade 5 Social Studies G.I.A.N.T.S.

Professional Development, New Units and Resources


Recent analysis of research on the brain over the last 10 to 15 years has revealed numerous applications to the classroom. In fact, it has lead to a new field titled, "Educational Neuroscience".

This professional learning opportunity is designed to help 5th Grade Educators understand how they can apply this research to improve their instructional practices using newly designed curriculum and resources.


Designed and facilitated by West Michigan teachers and social studies consultants under the guidance of Dr. Phil Gersmehl, this 6-part series examines the connections between spatial (geographic) and temporal (historical) thinking.

Each session will examine the context of the 5th grade social studies standards of U.S. History from the 15th century to approximately 1795, and include the following:

  • comprehensive curricular units,
  • research-based instructional strategies for teaching spatial thinking through the Arc of Inquiry,
  • hands-on activities,
  • literacy strategies,
  • custom-designed resources, and
  • best practices in both formative and summative assessment

Day 1 of 6

Monday, Aug. 14th, 9am-3:30pm

2413 W. Maple Ave. Flint, MI

Genesee ISD

Erwin L. Davis Education Center

Room 102AB

  • Cost: $150
  • Lunch provided
  • Materials provided
  • Bring your own device recommended
  • Laptops available if needed
  • Up to 26 SCECHs available

Days 2 through 6

Remaining sessions are 4:30 PM to 8:30 PM with dinner provided in the rooms noted.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017 - Room ABCD

Tuesday, December 5, 2017 - Room 101

Tuesday, January 23, 2018 - Room 102AB

Tuesday, March 13, 2018 - Room 102AB

Tuesday, April 24, 2018 - Room 102AB

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