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 24: Understanding Global Symbols

Strategy 24: Understanding global symbols

Analysis of Flag Symbolism

“Hey, Jose, did you ever think about how many places you can see our country's flag?” asked Jessica.

“What do you mean?” answered Jose.

“Well, we see it every day outside our school. The flag hangs in our classroom and in all the others. I see it when I go to the post office with my mom. I even see the American flag flying at my grandpa's house,” said Jessica.

“Gee, I never thought of that,” Jose responded. “I wonder if it is the same in Mexico where my family comes from. I wonder what their flag looks like.”

Even the very youngest of students has seen flags displayed on public buildings, in classrooms, and on homes. ...

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