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

Strategy 1: Teaching Observation, Questioning, and Inference

Strategy 1: Teaching observation, questioning, and inference

Mystery Artifact Investigation

Sarah squinted at her mystery object, a round glass ball about the size of a large orange. Living her whole life in Utah, she had no idea that this was a replica of an antique fishing float used to keep nets from sinking to the bottom of the ocean. Before beginning to write, she looked over at her neighbor but quickly realized James had been assigned a different object. He would not be of any help to her. Her partner Keisha asked her why she was frowning. Sarah answered with a sigh, “I just wish I knew if this is something that would be used as decoration or to actually ...

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