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 9: Conducting Social Science Fieldwork

Strategy 9: Conducting social science fieldwork

Architecture Analysis

“Our teacher told us today that we were going to be doing a history project,” explained Ariel. “At first I was so happy! I wanted to go home and make a poster about our town and the buildings in it.”

“That really sounds like stuff we did when we were younger. How boring!” remarked Randy.

“Wait! Then our teacher said I couldn't do the poster without doing research. I am so mad. She wants all of us to be parts of a team that gathers information about our town. Then we put the information together. It's something called being an ethnographer, whatever that is,” continued Ariel. “It seems like a lot of extra work!”

“Sounds great ...

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