Social Studies Worksheets Don't Grow Dendrites

  • Title:Social Studies Worksheets Don't Grow Dendrites: 20 Instructional Strategies That Engage the Brain
  • Author:Marcia Tate
  • Publication Date:December 2011
  • Grade Level:K-12
  • ISBN:9781412998758
  • Publisher:Corwin Press

Bring social studies to life in your classroom!

 Best-selling author Marcia L. Tate brings her trademark “dendrite-growing” teaching strategies to this practitioner-friendly collection of brain-compatible methods for engaging K–12 students in social studies. Included are 20 proven strategies and more than 200 grade-leveled activities for applying them. Teachers will find concrete ways to integrate national social studies content standards into their curriculum with visual, auditory, kinesthetic, and tactile experiences that maximize retention, including:

  • Project-based and problem-based instruction
  • Storytelling, music, and humor
  • Graphic organizers, semantic maps, and word webs
  • Internet projects

This book provides sample lesson plans and a wealth of examples that demonstrate how to apply these classroom-tested strategies to the 10 themes of social studies. The text also challenges teachers to creatively plan and deliver their own unforgettable lessons. Among the many benefits your students is that they will remember what they’ve learned and apply it to their lives—the true goal of education.


Author Bio

Marcia Tate is the former executive director of professional development for the DeKalb County School System, Decatur, Georgia. During her 30-year career with the district, she has been a classroom teacher, reading specialist, language arts coordinator, and staff development executive director.


Tate is currently an educational consultant and has taught more than 350,000 administrators, teachers, parents, and business and community leaders throughout the world. She is the author of: Worksheets Don’t Grow Dendrites; “Sit & Get” Won’t Grow Dendrites; Reading and Language Arts Worksheets Don’t Grow Dendrites; Shouting Won’t Grow Dendrites and Mathematics Worksheets Don’t Grow Dendrites co-written with Warren Phillips, one of the best science teachers in the country.

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