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Studies Weekly and ELA

Blending Social Studies and ELA

“If history were taught in the form of stories, it would never be forgotten” – Rudyard Kipling Social studies is more than just teaching kids facts, dates, states and capitals. It’s about the stories — it’s the “why” behind each individual’s choices, their interactions with each other and the world. Social studies also has the…

Studies weekly teacher using tablets in classroom

How to Leverage Technology in the Classroom

According to a 2017 study, about 63% of K-12 teachers use technology in their classrooms daily. Other studies suggest that number is rising each year. As more and more elementary classrooms access educational technology, they can tap into the many available programs that really bring social studies alive. Integrating Studies Weekly Online’s primary source videos,…