Social Studies

Build critical-thinking skills and deepen content-area knowledge across the four strands of social studies: history, civics, geography, and economics.

 
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Primary Sources

Bring social studies to life by integrating authentic primary source documents that stand out against the normal backdrop of textbooks and worksheets.

These resources provide students with a more comprehensive understanding of historical events through primary source documents such as maps, letters, photographs, political cartoons, and more. Primary Sources was developed by Teacher Created Materials to help teachers integrate engaging, authentic resources into the classroom that capture students' curiosity about the past. Students will naturally begin to use critical thinking to analyze historical events.

Available for Grades K-12.

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Primary Source Readers

Develop students' curiosity about the past while building content knowledge and reading and writing skills.

Filled with high-interest, nonfiction content and fascinating photos and source materials, these books are perfect for developing and improving students' social studies knowledge. Designed by Teacher Created Materials, this series brings the past to life and fosters content-area literacy through the use of reading and writing activities focused on social studies content.

Available for Grades 1-5.

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Primary Source Readers Content and Literacy

Differentiate instruction while spanning the four strands of social studies content to help build conceptual social studies knowledge.

These kits build literacy and social studies content knowledge with the use of high-interest, appropriately leveled nonfiction books for kids. Designed by Teacher Created Materials, each kit features dynamic readers that meet the four strands of social studies: history, civics, geography, and economics. Every lesson offers multiple opportunities to foster curiosity, study relationships, and reflect on new learning.

Available for Grades K-3.

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Primary Source Readers Focus On

Take an in-depth look at key Social Studies topics and explore the past while building content knowledge and reading and writing skills.

Filled with content-rich, age-appropriate books that complement social studies and language arts curricula, these books are the perfect tool to develop and improve students' social studies knowledge. Developed by Teacher Created Materials, this series delves into specific social studies topics that help bring the past to life and fosters content-area literacy through the use of reading and writing activities.

Available for Grades 4-8.

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Teaching through Text Sets

Provide a staircase of complexity with authentic fiction and nonfiction texts in multiple genres and modalities.

Teacher Created Materials compiled these complex texts to improve content-area knowledge and English language arts skills used for communicating that knowledge. Students will build content knowledge, analyze craft and structure, and integrate knowledge and ideas.

Available for Grades 1-8.

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Leveled Texts for Differentiated Content-Area Literacy

Reach students of diverse ability levels and provide opportunities for learning skills within social studies content areas.

Each kit in this Teacher Created Materials series provides identical social studies content at four different reading levels. Each text selection is paired with differentiated social studies lessons that allow teachers to quickly and easily integrate social studies and language arts. Standards-based interactive whiteboard activities engage students and help them build historical and higher-order thinking skills.

Available for Grades 4-12.

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Teaching Social Studies Today

This updated version of Teaching Social Studies Today 2nd Edition is grounded in the latest research and best practices, and provides teachers with the necessary components to create comprehensive social studies units.

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Strategies to Integrate the Arts in Social Studies

This teacher-friendly resource provides practical arts-based strategies for classroom teachers to use in teaching social studies content.

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Analyzing and Writing with Primary Sources

Create a rich learning environment and support deep thinking using primary sources.

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Strategies for Building Academic Vocabulary in Social Studies

Boost students' social studies vocabulary with easy-to-implement effective strategies!

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Social Studies Strategies for Active Learning

Make history in your classroom with engaging, tiered assignments that will address the diverse learning styles of your classroom.

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Reading Strategies for Social Studies

Help students read about social studies content and build their historical thinking skills!

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Writing Strategies for Social Studies

Help students write about social studies content and build their historical thinking skills!

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Rhymes for the Times: Literacy Strategies through Social Studies

With the ongoing struggle of incorporating the career and college readiness standards into lessons, this resource is perfect for integrating today's standards in a fun and engaging way.

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Document-Based Assessment Activities

Take students beyond textbook history to explore various people and events from ancient Egypt through the 20th Century using primary sources.

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Think It, Show It Social Studies

Think It, Show It: Social Studies is a practical and informative resource that supports the teaching of writing in the social studies classroom to meet the demands of the today's standards and the C3 Framework.

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Using Primary Sources in the Classroom

Developed by social studies specialists, this resource helps teachers turn classrooms into primary source learning environments

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Leveled Texts

Let learning through reading differentiation begin!

Read, engage, and learn through differentiation that allows students to explore fun Social Studies, Mathematics, and Reading content in the way best suited for them!

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Understanding Elections

Understanding Elections is perfect to spark a core understanding of America's political system in order to produce young, well-educated learners and future voters.

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Active History

Relive history in your classroom with these teacher-friendly resources that provide students with an engaging, active learning experience.

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Big Book of Holidays and Cultural Celebrations

Experience the magic, excitement, and happiness that surround holidays and cultural celebrations.

The Big Book of Holidays and Cultural Celebrations is filled with hands-on activities, fun facts, puzzles, crafts, and brainteasers that make learning about holidays fun and easy. Each activity in these resources can be used in the classroom or at home.

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