• Summary
  • Contents

With an emphasis on active learning, this supplementary text helps busy elementary and middle school teachers engage all students in the vibrant world of social studies. This inquiry-based book presents hands-on explorations, interaction with primary sources, and critical thinking activities, that provide concrete methods to successfully integrate the language arts into the social studies curriculum.

Key Features

Promotes the development of literacy skills by authentically integrating language arts; Supports differentiated instruction for specific grade levels, English language learners, and students with special needs; Connects to standards in language arts, social studies, and technology

Connecting to Community
Connecting to community

Connecting to the community can be a valuable way for elementary students of all ages to relate to social studies skills, concepts, values, and attitudes (Committee on Developments in the Science of Learning, 1999). Connecting to their immediate environment promotes a personal relationship with knowledge and understanding. This knowledge and understanding can lead to further analysis and evaluation of how one's community developed and the reasons for its current status.

Teachers can use various activities to stimulate interest in and learning about the community. Students can be asked to identify significant changes. They draw and create maps as well as do fieldwork that helps describe current status. Community service or service learning can help learners make their community a better place ...

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