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 3: Data Collection and Analysis

Strategy 3: Data collection and analysis

School Car Count

“There's another black car!” shouted Jenny.

“Wow, another one? We have twice as many black cars as any other color,” answered Kim as she made another tally mark on the data sheet.

“Why do we have a category for yellow? I don't see any yellow cars anywhere!” shouted Jenny again from the other side of the parking lot.

“I once saw a yellow car in a magazine-it was some super fast sports car. Maybe only sports cars come in yellow,” hypothesized Kyle.

“Yeah, and teachers never drive sports cars!” laughed Kim.

Jenny arrived back at the group panting. “I've got a problem,” she said with a frown. “We have two types of blue-dark blue and light blue. ...

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