Warm Up to Social Studies, Part 1: Exploration through Early Republic and Warm Up to Social Studies, Part 2: Age of Jackson through Reconstruction are organized by historical eras and incorporate instructional strategies that enhance student achievement. These resources contain 144 engaging activities aligned to the grade 8 Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills and expository writing opportunities to develop critical thinking. Activities may be used as engagement for a new lesson, as a method to enhance retention, or as a formative assessment within a lesson. Activities also include ideas for alternative instruction, support for struggling learners, and extensions for advanced learners.
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