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New To This Edition: New 2-color design highlights important features for students: Learning Cycle Lesson Plans, "Building on Diversity", "Making a Literature Connection", and "Using Technology" boxes. New Learning Cycle Lesson Plans appropriate for a range of elementary and middle school classrooms have been added to the text (and others moved to the Companion Website) to provide students with a greater selection of fresh ideas for social studies teaching. A chapter on assessment has been moved up earlier in the text to complement the focus on assessment throughout all of the chapters. In addition, Learning Cycle Lesson Plans identify the use of formative assessment and summative evaluation. Newend-of-chapter MyLabSchool feature indicates relevant video and resources on www.mylabschool.com for each chapter. "What You Will Find on the Companion Website" has been added to the end of chapter as a guide to the resources provided on this book's website. Application activities to do in class and in the field now appear in the "Expanding on This Chapter" section at the end of each chapter. Reference to NCSS standards or "thematic strands" highlighted by marginal icons.