American Legacy Publishing’s Studies Weekly Texas K-5 Social Studies Series provides resources to support elementary social studies instruction in print and online formats. Content is presented in weekly student magazines that focus on developing reading skills, with a particular focus on informational texts. Student magazines are available in Spanish.
Studies Weekly Magazines are delivered to schools in four quarterly installments. Each installment includes six to seven weekly units of instruction. Magazines present short blocks of age-appropriate text, vivid illustrations of historical content, writing prompts, and related games and activities. At grades K-2, Studies Weekly introduces students to important historical events and figures, social studies concepts (e.g., rules, responsibility, patriotism), and tools (e.g., timelines, maps, globes). Instruction at grade 3 focuses on the role of community and the importance of citizenship. Students learn about Texas history at grade 4 and U.S. history at grade 5.
Studies Weekly also provides online resources that are compatible with iPads and interactive whiteboards. Online content includes additional “bonus” primary source materials, including paintings, illustrations, newspaper articles, and audio and video clips of important speeches and events. Bonus materials also include audio reenactments of events that present illustrations accompanied by audio dramatizations of events (e.g., the Boston Tea Party). Bonus content includes questions at easy, medium, and hard levels of difficulty. Students earn “virtual reward points” for each bonus article they read or listen to online and for each correct response to a bonus question. Students use points to purchase items for the program’s online classroom pet—Revere the Rat. Audio readers are provided and support fluency development by highlighting words in the text as they are read aloud. At K-2, audio readers also provide pronunciation support.