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A collection of open source texts created or adapted by inquirED for use in elementary social studies and ELA instruction.

Needs and Wants

Students explore images to learn about differences between needs and wants.

Lexile: 410-600
1st Grade

Traditions

Students learn some of the various practices associated with traditions.

Lexile: 210-400
1st Grade

Hunter-Gatherers

Students learn about early hunter-gatherers: the tools they used, the forms of shelter they inhabited, and how they organized their societies.

Lexile: 900
6th Grade

Uruk: The World’s First Big City

Students learn about Uruk: its importance in the region and the organization and achievements of its people.

Lexile: 900-950
6th Grade

Early Indus Valley Civilization

Students learn about the early, thriving civilization of the Indus Valley.

Lexile: 900-1060
6th Grade

The Mauryan Empire

Students learn about the Mauryan empire, the first great empire of ancient India.

Lexile: 1210
6th Grade

Imperial China's Dynasties

Students explore a brief overview of the dynasties that ruled Imperial China.

Lexile: 900-1060
6th Grade

Independence Day

Students discover the basic facts and traditions of independence day celebrations.

Lexile: 410–600
1st Grade

Chocolate Production

Students learn the details about how and where chocolate comes from, and how it finds its way to our local stores.

Lexile: 610–800
3rd Grade

The Rise of Agriculture

Students discover where farming began and the conditions that gave rise to agriculture.

Lexile: 900
6th Grade

Mesopotamian Social Structure

Students learn about the people of Mesopotmia: slaves, workers, rulers and elite — and how they lived and interacted with each other.

Lexile: 900
6th Grade

The Vedic Age

Students learn about the Vedic Age, a formative period of Indian civilization.

Lexile: 1200
6th Grade

Ashoka's Pillars

Students learn about a series of pillars that carried messages to people of India.

Lexile: 900-1060
6th Grade

Land and Culture of China

Students learn about China's major geographic features, including its natural barriers and rivers.

Lexile: 900-1060
6th Grade

Families: Similar and Different

Students look at images of families to learn how they can be similar and different.

Lexile: 210–400
1st Grade

Waves of Immigration to the US

Students learn about the multiple waves of immigration to the US.

Lexile 600–810
3rd Grade

The Code of Hammurabi

Students learn about Hammurabi, the ancient Babylonian King, and read excerpts of the laws that made up his famous code.

Lexile: 900
6th Grade

Historical Ages of Mesopotamia

Students read about Mesopotamia before the rise of civilization, as well as the successive empires that ruled the region.

Lexile: 900
6th Grade

The Rise of Hinduism

Students explore the roots of Hindu traditions, which have endured for over 5,000 years.

Lexile: 900-1060
6th Grade

The Gupta Period of India

Students learn about the Gupta Period and its flourishing arts, literature, and scholarship.

Lexile: 900-1060
6th Grade

The Shang Dynasty

Students explore information about this early and influential imperial dynasty.

Lexile: 900-1060
6th Grade