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 23: Stamps as Primary Sources

Strategy 23: Stamps as primary sources

Stories That Stamps Tell

“My mother took me to the post office yesterday, and on the walls, there were pictures of all kinds of stamps,” commented Alton. “I thought that stamps went on letters so that they could travel to other people. What were those pictures?” he continued.

“I think it means there are many different stamps,” Lorelei responded. “I have a question, too. In other countries, do they use stamps to get letters from one place to another?”

“I think they do, because my father has books that he uses to collect stamps from all over the world,” responded Joey.

Stamps are a common household item to most of even the very youngest elementary school children. They ...

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