Over 8 student centered, engaging activities are included in this integrated social studies unit for 4th grade! It is aligned to the Ohio New Learning Standards involving the early history of Ohio becoming a state. I’ve included 7 color posters depicting the dominant forms of early Ohio transportation, a group scoot game analyzing how early statehood occurs, a Reader’s Theater on the Northwest Ordinance of 1787 (15 parts; 3 reading level differentiation), an Ohio transportation timeline, a close reading on early transportation with a cause/effect chart, a Reader’s Theater on Steps to Statehood (23 parts; 3 reading levels), and 2 comprehensive assessments over Prehistoric Ohio and Ohio’s transportation, symbols, & timelines-both with complete answer keys. This unit is a perfect way to integrate social studies with language arts!
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I currently teach an integrated 4th grade Language Arts and Social Studies class. Although I've been teaching for 20 years, this is only my second year with an integrated curriculum. I love it! I've traded both my social studies text and reading series books for rich literature, primary documents, hands on games & activities, reader's theaters, and close readings to meet and extend all of my language arts standards and social studies content. This connected approach to learning makes so much more sense to both my students and me! It is what has driven me to create so many of my own materials and resources. My hope is that it can benefit other teachers who are attempting this integrated way of teaching!