Combining the nearly omnipresent applicability and necessity of language arts with the interesting content of social studies can help kids do better at learning both. Stock some really good-quality nonfiction books and magazines, and consider appointing one (or more) students to act as news anchor(s). Focus on analytical historical thinking, vocabulary and understanding primary sources rather than just lists of factoids, and consider projects such as historical role play or a class timeline instead of limiting yourself to just written reports.

Key Takeaways:

  • Social studies tends to be more fun for young students, because it covers far away places and interesting different norms.
  • Teachers can leverage this fascination students have with social studies to integrate some necessary language art skills into the social studies curriculum.
  • This sort of thinking enables students to realize that critical language skills, like reading comprehension and data analysis can fit right in with learning all about volcanoes.

“If you have classroom jobs, this is a nice addition to the lineup. The role of the news anchor is to share one to three events happening in the news during your morning meeting or another transition time. Students can then discuss what?s happening or respond in writing.”

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