Scott Foresman Social Studies helps your students become successful learners as they journey into Social Studies. This standards based curriculum engages students by offering multiple learning methods that challenge students to think critically about key concepts. Beyond memorizing places, dates and facts, students are led to develop true understanding of the topics they are learning about. They will be encouraged to take what they currently know about the subject and think further to apply it to new experiences, situations and ideas they will encounter in their own lives. The goal is not only that students will remember what they learn, but also build the foundation to continue applying the subject so they will know how to learn more.
The series begins with familiar ideas in grades K thru 2 with “Here We Go”, “All Together” and People and Places”. It builds in grade 3 to “Communities” and then expands to “Regions” in grade 4. American History is covered in grades 5 and 6 with “The United States” and “Building a Nation.”
This curriculum is available in a bundle, which is a kit that was originally developed for homeschool needs; however, the books included are the same as used in public and private school settings. Bundles include the necessary materials for teacher and student for each level. Grade 1 includes a hardcover student text, workbook, and teacher resource CD-ROM that includes planning suggestions and printable workbook pages and answers, vocabulary pages and answers, assessment pages, activity sheets, "Test Talk" pages and answers, and transparencies. The CD-ROM can be used on either PC or MAC with an Adobe Acrobat Reader. Grade 2, 3, & 4 bundles include a spiral-bound teacher book (also includes pouch cards for vocabulary and reading along with a plastic pouch), hardcover student text, and a workbook that includes vocabulary practice, lesson reviews, reading skills practice, skills worksheets, and project pages. Grade 5 & 6 bundles include both volumes of the teacher edition with pouch cards and pouch, hardcover student text, and workbook. The Bundles include a parent/teacher guide that introduces you to the program and highlights the main elements of the student and teacher materials and provides guidance on setting up lesson plans, pacing, and adapting the curriculum to fit your needs.
Teacher’s Edition: The Teacher’s Guide outlines the objectives of each section. It is divided into 6 units separated by tabs. Each unit will begin with a planning guide and lesson plans that will cover the pacing, main ideas, and other information that is taught throughout the unit. It includes small-format student text pages with teaching notes in the margins, reproducibles, reference lists, skills handbook for citizenship, research, and geography. Strategies for teaching vocabulary, planning guide, answer keys for the workbook, and other resources are included in the overview of the curriculum and for each unit. You will see some resources mentioned that aren't included in the bundle or are sold separately, but are not necessary for the completion of the course such as transparencies, quick studies, posters, etc. Suggestions for family and calendar activities, writing rubrics, reading suggestions, and graphic organizers are also found in the teacher edition. Online resources can be found at the publisher's website, www.sfsocialstudies.com library, current events, atlas, activities, and biographies, along with live links to learning partners for this curriculum - Smithsonian, Colonial Williamsburg, and others.
Student Edition: Each student book is divided into 6 units with each unit broken into daily lessons with an assessment and review at the end of each unit. A variety of supporting material and activities are presented throughout to further your student’s grasp of the lesson’s concepts. It provides grade-appropriate reading opportunity along with a plethora of visuals diagrams, timelines, photos, illustrations, and maps, ideal for those who need a little more than just the reading. Each lesson includes a preview, vocabulary, review, and "think and apply" questions. A review section provides summary at the end of each chapter, and can be used as an assessment opportunity (answers provided in the teacher edition).
Workbook: Provides reinforcement activities to practice and apply social studies concepts, vocabulary, and skills taught in the student book. Includes pages for vocabulary practice, lesson reviews, Map and Globe Skills, Chart and Graph Skills, Research and Writing Skills, and much more! Multiple choice, short answer, fill-in-the-blank, reading graphs and maps are all used to enhance and strengthen the students understanding of textual content.
Product Name: Scott Foresman Social Studies 2011 Student Edition - Grade 5 hardcover
Publisher: Pearson Education - Scott Foresman