How to Use a role play In Teaching Social Studies
Role-play is an effective learning strategy in which students act the part of another character, thereby gaining an appreciation for others’ points of view as well an understanding of the complexity of resolving issues and problems in the real world. In the context of social studies, this strategy may be used to learn about issues and decisions of the past (and how things might have been different) or about current issues in the local community or in a broader setting. Aside from knowledge conducting a role-play activity strengthens students’ knowledge, their creativity, their value clarification skills, and a variety of interpersonal skills identified in the curriculum outcomes.
There are many strands and sub strands in social studies which we can give more information to the students if we use a role play
Here is a way we can use a role play in social studies
Strand: Culture and Identity
Outcome: Recognizes individual differences in ourselves and others and show appreciation to those differences
§ Greet the students.
§ Divide the class in to two groups.
§ Select students randomly from different group and give each student a picture card (eg: sleep, kind, study, feeding animals, helping, etc.).
§ Tell them to mime and show it to the group. Group members have to tell the answer.
§ Continue the game and select the wining group.
§ Relate game to lesson and tell them that we are going to learn more about how to care for self and others
§ -Now talk about the consequences of not caring for self and others.
§ Ask them to choose one activity and prepare a small role play to show the consequences of not caring for self and others.
§ Ask one group to show a role play to show the consequences of not caring for self. For example if they don’t brush their teeth they will grow cavities and their teeth will rot.
§ Ask another group to show a role play to show the consequences of not caring for others including animals. For example if they don’t talk and treat others kindly they would not have any friends, or if they don’t feed the pet it will die.
§ Present the role play.
§ -Sum up the lesson.
§ Ask questions and get answers from them.