Teacher Created Materials’ Exploring Social Studies: Texas Edition is a supplemental social studies resource for students in grades K-5 available in print and digital formats. Courses are inquiry-based and focus on the use of primary sources. Social studies content is combined with literacy instruction and may be integrated into English language arts and reading blocks. Learning List has recently completed and published reviews for this social studies series.
At each grade level, Exploring Social Studies develops vocabulary and literacy skills using texts that address social studies content and incorporate primary source materials, such as maps, photographs, letters, newspapers, and historical documents. Most instruction is presented using leveled readers that present age-appropriate text at varying levels of complexity. Leveled readers include vivid illustrations and are available in print, PDF, eBook, and Word formats. Courses also include Primary Source Photo Cards, Reader’s Theater Scripts, Vocabulary Concept Cards, and a Culminating Activity for each grade level.
Primary Source Photo Cards present images of primary sources on one side and student activities on the other. Vocabulary Concepts Cards (grade K) present an image on one side and a mini-lesson about the image on the other. Reader’s Theater Scripts (grades 1-5) allow students to dramatize historical events (e.g., immigrants arriving at Ellis Island). Culminating Activities are collaborative projects that draw on what students have learned throughout the year and include rubrics to help students evaluate their work. Courses include blackline masters of graphic organizers, worksheets, quizzes, and assessments. More information about the social studies resources is available in this brochure.