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 10: Incorporating Service Learning

Strategy 10: Incorporating service learning

Community Service Project

“So Latoya, did you know in our classroom we are trying to help each other out?” bragged Andy.

“No, I didn't know,” said Latoya, “Why are you doing that?”

“Our teacher told us that one part of social studies is for us to be better citizens. Mr. Hunter says we can be better citizens by beginning in our own classroom,” clarified Andy.

“I bet my class can be good citizens too by helping others in our school, home, and neighborhood, too,” replied Latoya.

Service learning is an integral part of preparing students to be citizens who take responsibility for others and contribute to the betterment of society. Specifically, this learning should combine service to others with social studies ...

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