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 5: Images as Primary Sources

Strategy 5: Images as primary sources

Family Photo Project

Yoji knew exactly what his assigned photograph meant. It was a picture of his classmate Crysta standing in front of door with a really clean outfit on. She had a new backpack at her feet, wore shiny shoes, and looked a little nervous. No one else was in the picture with her, but a tree could be seen in the background. The trees leaves were just beginning to change a little bit. They were in third grade now, but she looked about five or six in the picture. He could tell because she was missing one of her front teeth, and that's how old he was when he lost that tooth.

Yoji had ...

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