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Social Studies in Action

Education isn't all about books and papers, and it should extend far beyond the walls of the classroom. Introducing service projects can help students understand a wide variety of topics through hands-on experience that also cultivates compassion and a sense of social responsibility.
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A Collection By Lynette DiPalma
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Social Studies in Action
  • Lynette DiPalma says:
    Community service projects are great, but sometimes they aren't appropriate for younger students. Here's a list of projects appropriate for younger students.
  • Lynette DiPalma says:
    So you want to start a community-based service project, but don’t know where to start? This video that explains how to establish and maintain community partners can help with that!
  • Lynette DiPalma says:
    I know I will often get an idea in my head, but then I have a hard time articulating exactly what the point is and what value it holds for my classroom. This website helps explain the pedagogy behind service projects, why they are important, and how you can go about starting one for your class.
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    How Service Learning Affects Students

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    Lynette DiPalma says:
    This resource digs a little deeper into the value of service projects. It's a briefly stated study that explores how these service projects affect students and how they translate into student growth and development. Though the article is brief, the reference page offers a wealth of further reading on the topic.
  • Lynette DiPalma says:
    Sometimes large-scale service projects are impractical for a number of reasons. When you have that sort of situation going on, simply instilling the concept of community responsability is enough. This link brings you to a simple blog post and a printable "scavenger hunt" list that allows students to conduct quick and easy tasks at home, at a friend's house, and in the community without the hassle of developing an entire service project program.
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    Lynette DiPalma says:
    I've known students who are just itching to do something--anything!--to make the world a better place. This is a good resource to direct those students to since it allows them to choose their own project, big or small, and provides options that extend beyond our own community or knowledge base.
  • Lynette DiPalma says:
    We all notice when current events leads to a fantastic teachable moment. However, we don't always have the time or the resources available in a timely enough manner to take advantage of these moments. This resource leads to a frequently-updated list of lesson plans based on current, relevant events that provide all the information and discussion prompts needed to engage and educate students about the event.
  • Lynette DiPalma says:
    Animals are a great way to inspire a sense of compassion and duty, especially in young students. The International Fund for Animal Welfare Teacher Resource page is a great place to start looking for ideas and ways to participate in an animal-based service project.
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