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 18: Systematic Artifact Investigation

Strategy 18: Systematic artifact investigation

Now and Then

“This is so heavy!” Jeanne commented as she held the cast-iron key. At five inches long, it definitely wasn't something she could picture wearing around her neck. “I think we discovered the main drawback of this item!”

“Let's do the part about its modern match-obviously it's the modern day key,” Chris said as he started to write on his sheet.

Casey had been very quiet and thoughtful for the last few minutes, so when he spoke, everyone was interested in what he had to say. “We can put down more than just a smaller version of the key,” he said.

“Like what?” Sophia asked.

“Well,” said Casey, a little embarrassed that the group had all their attention focused ...

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