ERIC Number: ED367563
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
Geography and Reading: An Integrated Approach to Teaching Reading Skills.
Fitzhugh, William P.
This document discusses the advantages of integrating social studies--geography in particular--and reading skills. Time is saved because literature based reading is a high interest means of introducing social studies concepts and vocabulary to children. Skills can be taught using the vocabulary from the social studies unit. This paper presents generic activities that can be used in many ways and adapted to almost any social studies unit or literature based reading program. The reading skills activities presented in this article are vowel sounds, blends, rhymes, digraphs, vocabulary drill, alphabetical order and sequencing, describing words, sorting and classifying words, compound words, syllable identification, and compare and contrast exercises. Integrating social studies and reading skills serves two purposes: (1) to reinforce reading skills and (2) to reinforce social studies vocabulary and concepts. Integrating reading skills with social studies vocabulary allows teachers opportunities to see if students can apply these skills in a non-reading situation. Activities discussed are brainstorming, crossword puzzles, sorting and classifying, puzzle boxes, word searches, alphabetical lists, word and picture matches, and designing travel brochures and posters. Illustrative figures are included for brainstorming, sorting, crossword puzzles, classifying, sorting, acrostics, blends and digraphs, puzzle boxes, word searches, vowel sounds, alphabetical order, dot to dot tracing, word and picture match, and describing and rhyming words. (DK)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
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Note: Paper presented at the Baltimore County Public Schools New Teacher Workshop (Cockeysville, MD, January 1993).