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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. Each of the instructional plans varies in duration and addresses multiple Grade 8 American History Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) items. To support STAAR® each instructional plan features one of the four reporting categories as a major focus and an alignment to Grade 5 American history, Grade 7 Texas history, and high school U.S. History STAAR®. This instructional resource incorporates high-yield instructional strategies written in the student-centered, 5E format and includes facilitation and discussion questions. $50. ORDER ONLINE | Download a sample.
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.
SUPPORTING ACHIEVEMENT IN U.S. HISTORY
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. Download the product flyer here.
GEOGRAPHY BY DESIGN
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
and Physical Geography
The Human Mosaic
Population and Migration
EMBEDDING THE ELPS WITH E'S: SOCIAL STUDIES
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
DECONSTRUCTING COGNITIVE COMPLEXITY IN THE SOCIAL STUDIES CURRICULUM: INFORMATIONAL GUIDE
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
This foldable chart contains the complete TEKS for elementary and middle/high school social studies. Each chart is hole punched to fit into a three-ring binder. Sold in sets of 10.