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 21: Connecting to Music Studies

Strategy 21: Connecting to music studies

World Music

“Did you hear what Ms. Jones, our teacher, said about music?” asked Alyson.

“Yes, I did,” commented Brian. “She said that children all over the world know about hip-hop and also sing songs from their own countries.”

“To me that means that all children like the same music as we do, and I guess they have different music, too,” concluded Alyson.

Parker (2009) contends that music, in its various forms of expression—singing, dancing, listening, and playing instruments—adds firsthand, hands-on experiences to social studies classrooms. These experiences add unforgettable meaning to social studies instruction as teachers find such melodies as folksongs that can be used to tantalize youngsters into learning about times and ways of life different ...

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