Social studies is often an “if we have time” subject in elementary school because it isn’t generally assessed on the state tests. However, the state tests do test informational text skills…and what better way to teach non-fiction reading strategies than through topics that are culturally relevant to the world our students live in? Today, I am going to share with you some tips that will help you blend social studies into your reading instruction and everyday classroom routines.
Tips for Blending Social Studies into Reading Instruction
- Use Informational Texts
- Student Research Projects About Historical Figures
- Share Today in History
- Digital Citizenship Lessons
- Read-Alouds About Historical Figures and Events
Whether you have a dedicated block of time for social studies in your classroom or are just trying to fit it all in, the key here is that your reading instruction shouldn’t focus on just FICTION! When you blend social studies into your reading instruction, you can kill two birds with one stone and often help your students sharpen key reading skills they need to learn.
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