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 4: Using Authentic Models

Strategy 4: Using authentic models

Exploring an Archaeological Dig

“I'm only finding all these broken pot pieces! This isn't what a real archaeologist would do at all!” pouted Janice.

“How do you know? Do you know a real archaeologist?” teased Ariana.

“No! But I went to the museum, and none of those pots are in pieces,” shot back Janice.

Mr. Heyning had been listening in and decided to interject. “Janice, it's true that sometimes archaeologists may find artifacts that are in one piece. A lot of the time however, those artifacts you see in a museum were once in pieces. An archaeologist had to work carefully to locate all the pieces and patiently put them back together.”

“Wow,” responded Janice. “I guess I am doing work ...

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