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 22: Currency as a Primary Source

Strategy 22: Currency as a primary source

Exploring Foreign Currency

“I am just so confused,” complained Brooke. “What is this funny-looking coin? It is the size of a penny, but it has a picture of a lady on it.”

“Oh look! With my magnifying glass I can see that the writing says something about Canada,” said Luke. “Where did this coin come from?”

“My dad brought it home for me from when he was in Canada,” replied Jay. “Do you think I can use it to buy something?”

The concept of money is something even very young children know and “get.” Somehow, they figure out that a certain amount of currency can be exchanged for something they want, like a candy bar or ...

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