Exploring Social Studies: Kentucky: Grade 4

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  • Grade: 4
  • Interest Level: 3-6
  • Item: 121310
  • ISBN: 9781087603735
  • Language: English

Build literacy skills and social studies content-area knowledge while cultivating students' curiosity about the world around them and their connections to it. This non-textbook social studies curriculum offers an integrated ELA approach to specifically address Kentucky content standards for social studies, English language arts, and English language development.

This series features dynamic student texts, creative lesson plans, inquiry-based analysis of primary sources, interactive student engagement, and integrated technology. Seamlessly integrate social studies instruction into the ELA block with everything needed to support instruction and the flexibility of multiple instructional settings. Take the guesswork out of what materials to use with historically accurate content that fully aligns to Kentucky Academic Standards (KAS) for Social Studies.

Exploring Social Studies: Kentucky: Grade 4 Kit includes:

  • Prepare students for college, career, and civic life
  • Develop critical-thinking and problem-solving skills
  • Facilitate authentic discussions among students
  • Inquiry-based learning through discussion questions, document-based assessments, and primary source analysis activities
  • Content addresses all social studies disciplines (geography, history, economics, and civics)
  • Lesson plans with extension ideas to develop citizenship, civic and democratic values, and encourage public service


  • Content-area texts
  • Lesson plans
  • Primary sources
  • Professional resources
  • Student resources
  • Digital resources

Cultivate students’ curiosity about historical events with dynamic primary source readers and leveled reader’s theater scripts.

  • Build literacy skills and content-area knowledge
  • Leveled readers feature embedded primary sources, high-interest content, and visually appealing layouts
  • Content covers the four social studies disciplines: history, geography, civics, and economics
  • Ideal for small-group instruction during social studies or within a Balanced Literacy approach
  • Reader’s theater script features differentiated roles so teachers can easily assign roles based on students' reading levels, allowing everyone to participate in the same activity

Equip teachers with the tools they need to become social studies experts with easy-to-use lesson plans. Exploring Social Studies uses an integrated ELA approach to specifically address state content standards for history-social science, English language arts, and English language development.

  • Save teachers time with fact-checked, historically accurate content that meets Kentucky Academic Standards (KAS) for Social Studies
  • Lesson plans feature ideas to extend citizenship, encourage active public service among students, and develops civic and democratic values
  • Differentiation tips are embedded within each lesson to support English language learners

Breathe life into the pages of history with firsthand accounts of historical events! Students will learn history hands-on by diving deeper into the content instead of through rote memorization.

  • Inquiry-based approach to social studies instruction allows students to deeply analyze primary sources in a variety of formats
  • Students will build their own understanding of historical events by evaluating multiple perspectives
  • Support and encourage authentic discourse in the classroom

Facilitate implementation with a standards alignment, a scope and sequence, and pacing plans.

Digital resources support small- and whole-group instruction with an emphasis on interactive student engagement and integrated technology. Instruction is enhanced and supported with audio files of each book that model fluent reading, PDF eBooks, student reproducibles, and additional digital resources.