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 16: Incorporating Historical Reenactment

Strategy 16: Incorporating historical reenactment

Making Butter

“My arm is tired!” complained Kia.

“Give it to me then,” said Stacy as she grabbed for the jar. “I haven't had a turn yet.”

Kia begrudgingly passed the small jar over to Stacy and dramatically rubbed her arm. As Stacy shook with vigor, the other students waited patiently for their turn. They heard shouts of excitement from the other groups and were impatient to see the same change occur with their cream that they saw happening in the other groups.

“Okay, I'm tired now too!” Stacy said. “I want to see if it's done yet!” The group crowded around Stacy as she carefully opened the jar.

“It's a lump! It's a lump!” shouted Jason.

Kia frowned a bit at ...

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