Abstract 14- Volume 4, Number 1, Spring 2009

Social Studies Research and Practice

Volume 4, Number 1, Spring 2009




Elementary Geography and Ecology: If Earth Were a Cookie

Ronald G. Helms
Wright State University


Ecology and population studies are among the most important curriculum standards of the NCSS. Population Connection has aligned its various lessons with NCSS national standards. The NCSS standard “People, Places, and Environments” aligns with the state standards of history and geography. Both the state and NCSS provide K-12 grade alignment. Social studies teachers nationwide are able to use the NCSS standards that Population Connection has provided to align the many lessons with NCSS national standards and state standards. Each of the following three lessons is designed for the elementary classroom teachers to integrate social studies with other elementary content. All three lessons have been field-tested and provide an overview, procedures, objectives, standards, skills and materials, discussion questions, and extension activities.

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About the Author(s)…

Ronald G. Helms is the director of social studies education at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio. Dr. Helms is a forty-plus year member of NCSS and OCSS and has served on the NCSS Board of Directors and Executive Committee as well as numerous other NCSS committees. HE is an NCATE Board of Examiner, a lead NCSS/NCATE program reviewer, an NCSS/NCATE national auditor, a Principal Investigator for several WSU NBPTS institutes, and a Principal Investigator for a U.S. Department of Education Teaching American History Grant.

Contact information: 2179 Briggs Road, Centerville, OH 45459; Phone: (937) 433-2611; Email: ronald.helms@wright.edu