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Teaching Tools

Get online access to tools that are organized to match Student Book units and chapters, making it simple to access and print the resources you want to use. Teaching Tools enhance instruction while easing the burden on your time. We help you get exactly what you need when you need it!

Teaching Tools are included FREE with your Class Set purchase!

Teacher's Edition

The Teacher's Edition includes learning objectives, openers, and instructional strategies to help you lay the foundation for each lesson. Planning pages at the beginning of each lesson give you a place to document your goals, priorities, calendar, and notes for customized instruction and differentiation strategies

  • Answer Keys provide the answers to the questions and activities in the Student Book

  • Planning Pages provide a place to plan and document your instructional calendar, assignments, due dates, test dates, strategy ideas, coverage of standards, and more

  • A Pacing Guide to stay on track throughout the year

  • Unit and Chapter Openers provide instructional strategies to activate existing knowledge and real-world experiences that spark curiosity and inquiry


Online Teaching Tool Features

  • Complete various activities directly online with new PDF markup tools

  • Choose Student or Teacher Pacing

  • Choose to hide and show resources

  • Choose the duration of which assignments must be completed

Assignable Tools Include:
(resources vary by state and grade)

  • Instructional Strategies

  • Primary Sources

  • Multimedia Resources

  • Literacy Enrichment

  • Graphic Organizers

  • Map Skills

  • Interactive Notebooks

  • Vocabulary Builders

  • Writing Prompts

  • Assessments

  • Project-Based Learning 

  • Study Guides

Let’s take a look at
Teaching Tools


Launch Your
Lessons in Style!

Unit and Chapter Openers provide instructional strategies to activate students’ existing knowledge and real-world experiences and spark students’ curiosity and inquiry.​


Enrich Topics and
Increase Literacy!

Informational text reading selections expand beyond the standards to enrich instruction. Descriptive, colorful writing style introduces students to a wide range of vocabulary, boosting literacy.

Each page includes high-tier DOK questions for students to think about and discuss. Pages also include simple hands-on activities for students to do independently or in small groups.


Practice & Review
Key Concepts!

Let’s Practice pages reinforce important skills in students.  The range of activities includes using timelines, identifying and analyzing point of view, solving problems, predicting outcomes, connecting causes and effects, reading comprehension, and more.

Let’s Review pages refresh students on critical content. They reinforce important points to help students improve understanding and make connections that strengthen retention of information.


Make Learning Meaningful and Authentic!

Project-Based Learning: Hands-on projects serve as in-depth (and fun) learning opportunities. Most projects
provide structured opportunities for authentic assessment.  (Rubrics included!)

Students learn more than just content from Project-Based Learning−students build inquiry, planning, research, collaboration, time management, and problem-solving skills (just to name a few)!  Project-based learning encourages students to explore new ideas and broaden their experiences by incorporating innovation and creativity into their work.


Hit Learning Targets
with Accuracy!

A Learning Objectives page identifies the state-aligned learning targets for each unit and lists the standards correlations. 


Give Your Students the
Right Write Stuff!

Use these original, creative Writing Prompts throughout the year to allow students to reflect on and use what they learn in authentic ways. These structured social studies writing assignments boost important ELA skills through real-world writing activities, while developing deeper understanding of social studies concepts.


Analyze Authentic Sources Like a Historian!

Primary Source Analysis adds rigor and higher-order thinking to your lessons. We searched the archives so you don’t have to!

Each Primary Source Analysis tool includes a specific source with broad guidance to get students observing and analyzing like an archaeologist, historian, or scientist. A supplemental teacher notes page for each source gives you background information about the primary source to share in class discussions, plus lots of prompts you can use as needed to help students dig deeper!


Build Literacy with
Leveled Content!

Leveled Literacy helps to meet your students’ differentiated needs.

Informational text reading selections are provided on two different reading levels. Each version covers the same content and includes the same high-tier DOK questions for students to think about and discuss. These ready-to-use resources allow all students to participate in whole-class discussions based on independent reading!


Boost Vocabulary for
Learning Success!

Vocabulary instruction is essential for academic success! Preparing students for learning content by teaching and assessing vocabulary helps you identify and break through learning roadblocks before they get in the way of students!


Organized Thinking
Boosts Cognition!

More than twenty different types of Graphic Organizers are used throughout the year to help students visualize how to organize information and strengthen their analytical thinking skills!

Each graphic organizer is designed so students can cut, fold, and glue it into their Student Books or interactive notebooks! How’s that for thinking ahead?!


Improve Skills with Maps!

Map Skills strengthen students’ ability to read, interpret, and use maps. Map Skills pages cover both content and skills. They give students extra practice and instruction to help build their geographical understandings. With these skills, students can also analyze political, cultural, and historical information presented via maps.


Review and Reinforce for Student Success!

Interactive Workbooks are guided reviews of key content, concepts, and skills. They conduct scavenger hunts through the Student Book to provide a great hands-on reinforcement.  They also cleverly integrate social studies information processing skills into topics all year long!

Study Guides are detailed, key-point reviews of what students need to know. Study Guides make a great reverse roadmap for each chapter or unit. You can assign them as homework, as an “open book test,” or as an in-class review. These are a great tool for ensuring student success!


Assign & Assess

Keep track of when students have started and completed assignments.

Images, Videos, & Internet Links

Students will engage with primary and secondary sources including current and historical photographs, maps, political cartoons, paintings, documents, infographics, videos, and more. Use curated video links to enhance lessons and illustrate key concepts. Sources are broken down by chapters, units, and sections to save you time!

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