4th Grade Social Studies

GIANTS - Geographic Inquiry and New Temporal Sequencing


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 3rd Grade Educators understand how they can apply this research to improve their instructional practices using newly designed curriculum and resources.
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What Is It?

Designed and facilitated by West Michigan teachers and social studies consultants under the guidance of Dr. Phil Gersmehl, this 4-part series examines the connections between spatial (geographic) thinking and its integration with the disciplines of history, civics, and economics using the context of Michigan studies (post-statehood) and a US regional approach of fundamental concepts organized by topic or issue. Comprehensive curricular units that include research-based instructional strategies for teaching spatial thinking through the Arc of Inquiry, hands-on activities, literacy strategies, and best practices in both formative and summative assessment will be modeled at each session.

As a result of the incorporation of disciplinary specific, critical thinking skills brought about by the design of The C3 Framework, this curriculum and accompanying professional development network are the best tools to assist 4th grade social studies teachers in developing inquiry-based instructional units.

Day 1 of 4

Wednesday, Aug. 15th, 9am-3:30pm

2413 West Maple Avenue

Flint, MI

  • Erwin L. Davis Education Center Room 101
  • Materials, resources, and lunch provided
  • Bring your own device recommended
  • Laptops available if needed
  • Up to ? SCECHs available
  • Cost $100

Days 2 through 4

All remaining sessions are 4:30 PM to 8:30 PM in Room 101 at the address above with materials, resources, and dinner provided.

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Tuesday, May 21, 2019


Contact Genesee ISD Social Studies Coordinator for Instruction Roy Sovis
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