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wutss-part-1-cover-461-1856-smallWARM UP TO SOCIAL STUDIES: AMERICAN HISTORY
Interactive activities for American history that can be used before, during, or after initial instruction.
Engage students in, enhance retention of, and formatively assess mastery of American history content. This resource contains 144 classroom-ready activities for immediate student involvement as well as alternative instruction, support for struggling learners, and extensions for advanced learners.$50 per part, $80 per bundle.  ORDER ONLINE  Download samples: Part 1  | Part 2



Interactive activities for U.S. history that can be used before, during, or after initial instruction.

This resource includes tools for teachers to use in preparing students for the U.S. History End-of-Course (EOC) exam. $75 per volume. $125 for the two-volume bundle.  
ORDER ONLINE   Download samples:  Volume 1 | Volume 2





5es-over-america-cover(1)5 Es OVER AMERICA
Teach students to think about American history like a historian–through an inquiry-based approach!

This resource offers 30+ instructional routines to support content assessed on the Grade 8 Social Studies STAAR®. 5 Es over America provides instructional activities and multiple forms of assessment to monitor student progress. $50.  ORDER ONLINE  |  Download a sample




5es-over-texas-cover-web(1)5 Es OVER TEXAS

Teach students to think about Texas History like a historian–through an inquiry-based approach!
This resource offers 30+ instructional routines to support Texas History content and address foundational components assessed on the Grade 8 Social Studies STAAR®. 5 Es over Texas provides instructional activities and multiple forms of assessment to monitor student progress. $50 per copy.   ORDER ONLINE   |  Download a sample




5es-over-world-culture-cover5ES OVER WORLD CULTURES – COMING SOON!
Teach students to think about World Cultures through a conceptual lens!
This resource offers 50+ instructional routines in a  two volume set to support World Cultures content through a conceptual approach. 5 Es over World Cultures provides instructional activities using a 5E Model and multiple forms of assessment to monitor student progress. Email to be added to our mailing list and receive word as soon as this resource is available!




Teach world geography through a conceptual approach.
This resource is a series of conceptually designed instructional units that are seamlessly aligned to the TEKS. The content is research-based and the lessons are student-centered and scaffolded to maximize learning opportunities for students of all abilities, including English language and gifted and talented learners.$275 for the full set. ORDER ONLINE


Volume 1:
Spatial Analysis
and Physical Geography

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Volume 2:
Economic Geography
and Development

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Volume 3:


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Volume 4:
The Human Mosaic

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Volume 5:
Population and Migration

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Volume 6:
Political Geography
and Globalization

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Build vocabulary and improve instruction for English learners using classroom-ready, content-specific activities.
This practical resource for social studies teachers simplifies the instruction needed for English learners to develop the social and academic language required for their success, while maintaining the integrity of the lesson content by integrating three instructional components: the English Language Proficiency Standards (ELPS), the 5 E instructional model, and the highly effective instructional strategies identified by the Mid-continent Research for Education and Learning study led by Robert Marzano. $50 per grade band.  ORDER ONLINE  | Download samples: Middle School  High School



Unwrap the TEKS for planning lessons that meet the cognitive demands of the social studies curriculum.

Learn how to critically analyze a standard to determine the skills, reasoning, and strategic thinking necessary for students to achieve mastery of an expectation through practical examples and step-by-step instructions. This information will help educators better understand the standards beyond “the verb” to help students achieve the cognitive demands of the social studies curriculum. $25 per set of five. ORDER ONLINE



Core Content TEKS-Aligned Instruction

Quality TEKS-Aligned Offerings Focused on Improving Student Outcomes
Strong instruction is the foundation of great classrooms.  These highlighted sessions offer in-depth training opportunities for both general and special education teachers interested in ensuring TEKS-aligned, quality instruction to meet the needs of all learners within the core content areas.


Search these terms online or click here for a full calendar of upcoming professional learning opportunities from Region 4 Social Studies.



Integrated Core Content

Teaching Engaging Academics and Motivating for Success (T.E.A.M.S.) that Win: Effective Practices for Meeting the Needs of Diverse Learners: this is a 3-day series that applies Universal Design for Learning and the Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) frameworks to content-specific TEKS instruction and classroom design and includes the following specializations:

For more information, contact the Social Studies department director, Jennifer Brock at 713.744.4457



Instructional Coaching Sessions
Equipping coaches to partner with teachers and improve teaching and learning

Coaches will engage with tools and other coaches to reflect on how to facilitate effective, meaningful, and timely coaching cycles within their campus or district. Each of our core academic departments offer customized coaching supports through their academic areas, including the following session options:

  • Building an Effective Toolbox for Teacher Development  |  November 14, 2018
  • Supporting Teachers of Special Student Populations - Kickin’ it Up a Notch |  November 27, 2018
  • Working with the Adult Learner  |  January 22, 2019
  • Planning and Conducting Effective Professional Development to Improve Instructional Capacity  |  February 7, 2019
  • Other sessions (dates TBA)
    • Coaching to Impact Mathematics Instruction
    • Coaching Teachers of ELLs
    • Foundations Revisited for Experienced Coaches
    • The Foundations of Instructional Coaching for Increasing Teacher Capacity


To set up instructional coaching at your campus or district, contact Jennifer BrockSocial Studies, at 713.744.4457



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