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Key features of Houghton Mifflin Social Studies Teachers Edition

Unit Planner gives visual view of the chapter in a each unit, displaying the main points of
the core lessons, lesson extension ideas, skill builder activities as well as a chapter review

Leveled books for all the units designed to meet accommodations for below, on and
above grade level as well as ELL students

Bibliography lists books for: independent reading, read aloud and references

Assessments options are given for each lesson (written, oral, informal, ongoing)

The Cross-Curricular Activates pages shows ways to integrate the chapter topic with other
subjects ie. Language Arts, Math, Science

Unit Opener & Big Idea gives suggestions on how to start teaching the unit. ( Warm-up

The Planning Guide is a five-day planner for each unit.

Teacher Read Aloud pages gives content related story which also models fluent reading and
highlights most important information for sharing

Chapter Review introduces key vocabulary and includes strategies for navigating through a
nonfiction text

Core Lesson gives a completer layout of everything listed above needed to teach a lesson,
including teach able moments in margins

Extend Lesson offer ways to make a connection the main ideas from the beginning of the unit.

Skill Builder maps background information for teaching the lesson properly, including activities
for students to practice mapping skills mapping

Unit Review and Test Prep reinforce key chapter concepts used to for test pre and test taking

Community Handbook connects the chapter content with real situation students can relate to

Citizenship Handbook a resource for historic documents and social studies materials

The Four Social Studies Strands

The goals of civics education are to create knowledgeable citizens who will participate in political
life and be committed to the fundamental values and principles of democracy. Instruction provides students
with a basic understanding of political philosophy, politics and government, and how democracy is
maintained in an increasingly diverse society.

The economics strand helps people evaluate career choices, analyze personal finance decisions,
make wise business decisions, and assess public policy issues. Economic education enhances logical
reasoning and analytical skills-skills that are useful in a wide variety of occupational fields, including general
business, government, law, banking, insurance, and real estate. This education will benefit individual
students as well as contribute to Nevadas efforts to diversify its economy.


The geography strand is the study of people, places, and environments from a spatial perspective. This
subject matter includes the physical: human phenomena that make up the worlds environment and places.
The world students face in the twenty-first century is more diverse and more crowded and understanding
that world requires great education in geography and historical knowledge and historical inquiry contribute
to the skills necessary to be informed citizens.


Through the study of history students will develop an appreciation of the contributions made by all
nations as the humanities are integrated with political science, economics, and geography. Historical
knowledge and historical inquiry contribute to the skills necessary to be informed citizens.