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 12: Culturally Responsive Teaching Techniques

Strategy 12: Culturally responsive teaching techniques

Native American Resource Exploration

“I think I know what this could have been used for!” shouted Ashley as she carefully stroked a swatch of bison hide. “The bison provided meat, and leather, and a bunch of other resources Native Americans living in the Central Plains could have used!”

“You're right,” answered Mr. Washington. “Can you find another natural resource that could go along with the bison hide?”

“The grass!” answered Kwame. “If there wasn't any grass, there wouldn't be anything for the bison to eat!”

“Yes! I think we're learning there are a lot of ways that natural resources influenced the lifeways of Native Americans,” responded Mr. Washington.

Learning about the history and cultural traditions of Native Americans is ...

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