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Webinar: Using Inquiry in Elementary Social Studies

Updated: Feb 21





Webinar Summary

Thanks to all who attended our webinar yesterday!


During the webinar, we explored the challenges and opportunities of Using Inquiry in Elementary Social Studies. Thanks to our guests Dr. Tina Heafner (NCSS President) and Dr. Linda Kuhaupt (ELA and Social Studies, Appleton Area School District).


We started by examining trends in social studies education as a whole. Dr. Heafner shared some infographics that illustrate these trends.



We moved on to address the obstacles to elementary social studies, the challenges for teachers, and the benefits of social studies for elementary students in relation to literacy instruction and preparedness for civic responsibility.


We also mentioned inquiry-based resources for you to explore. We've included a list below.


Inquiry-Based Resources

Inquiry Scope and Sequence: inquirED Scope and Sequence

C3 Teachers: c3teachers.org

NCSS: socialstudies.org

State Social Studies Councils: https://www.socialstudies.org/affiliates

Elementary Specific Group: NCSS Elementary Social Studies Group


Conferences on Inquiry Teaching

inquirED and NCSS: Elementary Inquiry Summer Institute

C3 Teachers and NCSS: IDM Institute

High Tech High: Deeper Learning Conference


Resources for Evaluating Inquiry-Based Instructional Materials

The National Academies Press

Iowa Core

IDM Rubric



Finally, if you were not able to attend the webinar, please view the recording below.