By Amy Headley and Victoria Smith. Standards-aligned lessons include a mix of higher- and lower-level activities for familiarizing students with U.S. geography. Each lesson begins with an extended background essay on the state (incorporating maps, illustrations, "fast fact" boxes, and biographical sketches), followed by multiple-choice comprehension and language-skills questions, a blank region map for learning capitals, a vocabulary quiz, and an activity (e.g., journal, paragraph, or letter writing; mapping; filling out "fact cards"; grid math); a culminating activity closes each volume. Teacher pages furnish procedures and handout masters. Volumes are approximately 100 pages each and supply two audio CDs with spoken versions of the background essays (Southeast States
is 197 pages with four CDs). Grades 3–7. Bibliographies. Glossaries. Answer keys. 8½" x 11". Splash! Publications. ©2009–10.
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