20 Instructional strategies that engage the brain.

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.


About the Author


Marcia L. Tate is the executive director of professional development for the DeKalb County School System, Decatur, Georgia. During her 28-year career with the district, Tate has been a classroom teacher, reading specialist, language arts coordinator, and staff development director. As an educational consultant, she has presented to over 50,000 administrators, teachers, parents, and business and community leaders throughout the United States.


  • Age Range: 8 and up 
  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Corwin; 1 edition (December 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1412998751
  • ISBN-13: 978-1412998758

Social Studies Worksheets Don't Grow Dendrites


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