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These books are only sold in sets of ten. A set of ten books costs $99.50. Please note that in New York State, these books are only sold to schools and school districts.

Learning About New York State has been completely updated and revised. This interactive book uses a hands-on approach to guide students through New York's social studies learning standards. Its unique approach motivates students to learn more by presenting a series of fun-filled, exciting activities such as conducting interviews, taking surveys, and acting as amateur cartographers and historians. Each activity can be used independently, a key benefit for fourth-grade teachers facing time constraints. These books are only sold in sets of ten. A set of ten books costs $99.50. Please note that in New York State, these books are only sold to schools and school districts.

Activity Approach. The philosopher John Dewey believed that the best way to learn is by doing. More recent research confirms Dewey's insights. This philosophy of active learning permeates every page and activity of this book. Students using this book will embark on an exciting journey in which they travel through more than 40 activities. The book's activity approach encourages continual interaction and dynamic learning. Students learn by doing as they uncover information for themselves in the course of reading, researching, and discussing. The book teaches critical-thinking skills, not memorization. The activities are designed to challenge students at all cognitive levels.

Aligned to the Core Curriculum. In order to perform their best on the statewide social studies test given early in fifth grade, students need to learn about geography, history, economics, and government. Unlike textbooks that pay only marginal attention to the broad scope and sequence of New York's Core Curriculum, this book is fully aligned and covers all of the tested standards.

Special Features Enhance Student Learning. An introductory chapter provides students with basic study skills for learning and test-taking. Students learn how to create vocabulary cards and are introduced to useful mnemonic devices to help them recall important information. Students also learn the basic steps of the writing process.

Stresses Interpretive, Reading and Writing Skills. The book provides explicit, metacognitive instruction in interpreting data in those formats that appear on the Grade 5 Social Studies Test. Students also learn how to distinguish between facts and opinions, to explain cause-and-effect relationships, and to distinguish between primary and secondary sources. Students further learn how to locate, gather, analyze, and evaluate information. They also learn how to organize an outline, and write descriptive, narrative, how-to and persuasive essays.

A Teacher's Manual and Answer key is also available for this title. Cost $6.95, free with class sets (20+ books).

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