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Curriculum Constructs and Assessment: History and Social Science
Bernardita Beni Murphy-Jobes
April 7, 2009
Ms. Ceja’s third grade classroom was observed at 95th Street Elementary School, which is apart of the Los Angeles Unified School District located in Los Angeles, California. During the observation Ms. Ceja stated History and Social Studies requirement was required weekly for ninety minutes. The lesson plans duration were thirty minutes for a one day a week.
During the observation the teacher provided the following outline, which was apart of a mini lesson from the teacher’s resource book, “ History-Social Science for California: Our Communities.”
While Ms. Ceja was asking her students questions with the transparencies that contained graphic organizers and was building an existing knowledge for preparation of the reading materials. The students answered the questions, such as “Where do you live?” Then the teacher pointed out where they lived on a large map of California. The students were asked a series of yes or not questions about nearby geographical features such as “Is there a mountain in your region?” While the teacher was getting their response to her questions and after they answered yes Ms. Ceja would point to that feature on the map and repeat its name. The students received a preview of the lesson by reading “Connect to You” with the class. Thereafter, they were showed a large map of California and pointed out the four major land regions: valley, desert, mountain, and coast. The teacher told the students what they would be learning more about the regions and they appeared very interested.
There were about four students appeared to have some difficulty and the teacher was observed spending time working with them, later when others were in there assigned groups. Once the students completed their... [continues]
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