K-6 Social Studies Resources

January 2016

Learning Stations for Social Studies

Learning stations provide students time to explore different concepts and ideas alone or in groups. Having learning stations with different content areas integrated helps a teacher feel like they are getting all of the learning and teaching done during a day. Learning stations also allow teachers time to intervene, provide enrichment, and get to know all of the strengths and weaknesses of their students.

Don't forget the #1 rule of centers: You must teach the students how to act and the expectations of each learning center prior to sending them to work independently.

These social studies learning centers can have different reading, writing, technology, and creativity aspects all built into one learning center.

Center Ideas:





Looking and responding to primary and secondary sources

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Increasing Student Engagement

The Ancient Chinese Proverb says:

Tell me,

I forget.

Show me,

I remember.

Involve me,

I understand.

It is important to get our students engaged in the learning for so many reasons. One way to do this is by giving students different cognitive strategies.

Baker, Dreher, & Guthrie (2000) lists these items as cognitive strategies:

  • Activate prior knowledge before, during, and after
  • Self-questioning
  • Monitoring comprehension
  • Summarizing

Another way to increase engagement is through cooperative learning strategies. As learners, even adults seem to increase their engagement when they have a reason to be held accountable and collaborate with their peers.

Different cooperative learning strategies:


numbered heads together

Think, Pair, Share

Timed Pari Share


Stand up, Hand up, Pair Up


Quiz, Quiz, Trade

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