Welcome to WASHINGTON INTERACTIVE
A better way to teach Washington state history and geography for Upper elementary/middle school students.
Washington Interactive is a new Washington state history and geography curriculum written specifically for upper elementary and middle school, built around the Common Core State Standards, not only in social studies, but in reading, writing, listening and speaking.
Written by Washington state teachers, this curriculum has been written around the CCSS.We've paid close attention to CCSS targets so that teachers have what they need in an easy to use format.
A new way to teach
We knew this program needed to be different than the traditional textbook. Therefore, our program contains 3 essential parts:
- Furtive: In order to hook students into history and geography, we needed an engaging story, one that has characters and situations students can make connections to. Therefore, students follow key characters as they try to solve the mysteries left by clues as it relates to history and geography. Each chapter in the book relates to the region of study. We use the student text to not only engage students, but teach them through the dialogue and situations the characters encounter. The name of the novel is called FURTIVE.
- Student Articles: The Student Articles are the core text. Think of this as your traditional textbook. The pages are written as one page articles to keep student interest. By doing this, teachers have the flexibility to use only the articles they need and schools don't have to worry about textbooks degrading over time. An added bonus to this is the ability to update pages and inserts as we modify and add to the curriculum.
- Picture Galleries: Over the years of teaching we realized that many of our students hadn't seen much of the state. A textbook can only give a student so much. Field trips are great, but there are too many areas in Washington to get to, so we created Picture Galleries. The Galleries are high resolution pictures of the area of study so students get a chance to see what the area looks like. The Picture Galleries come with the curriculum so teachers have a total package: An engaging Student Text with Furtive, Student Articles, and Picture Galleries, giving students the best experience possible.
The essential parts
Student Text: FURTIVE
HEre's an example on how it works
Teaching Interactive Washington
Interactive Washington is divided into sections or regions of the state. For each region, the first thing teachers focus on is the Student Text. Here, students have a copy of the book and read the chapters associated with the region. In this example, we're going to say that it's the beginning of the year or term and you're introducing the program. Students are going to take out their copies of the Student Text, Furtive. The teacher can do a shared read aloud of the first few chapters as they relate to what the students are about to learn more about: The North Cascades, since the North Cascades is the first region of study.
Next, the teacher can choose which articles and lessons to give to the students within each region, in this case, The North Cascades. The teacher could choose to give the articles, assignments, and assessments however he/she wanted over whatever amount of time necessary.
We've organized the Student Articles as sequential and made it easy to use. Simply following the logical progression of regions is the simplest, but a teacher can customize what they wish to teach and when. All the materials are at your fingertips.
WHAT YOU GET AND HOW TO USE IT
We have set up sample pages to download and review. Your first download should be this file: Assessments (Quick Start Guide). The Quick Start Guide is your first stop. Read those first few pages so you can get an idea of how the program works.
Next, download the Sample Student Articles. These are the pages the students will read and use.
Then download Furtive the student companion text that goes with each region. Furtive captures student interest with an engaging story. And lastly, take a look at our sample Cascades Picture Gallery to get a sense of what the Picture Galleries have to offer. If you still have questions, email us!
We encourage you to watch the video tutorial here: WA INTERACTIVE TUTORIAL.
HOW mUCH DOES THE CURRICULUM COST?
$199 for the digital edition. If you are looking to have students view the materials on individual digital devices, the cost is 5.00 per student account. The student 5.00 per student login is a yearly cost.
Q: What's different about this program versus a regular textbook?
A: If you've read above, you have a fairly good idea that the structure of this program is different than your traditional textbook experience of: Read the chapter and answer the questions at the end. Plus, our materials are MUCH more engaging than traditional text AND are aligned to CCSS, including the assessments.
ORDERING WASHINGTON INTERACTIVE
Schools and individuals interested in purchasing through purchase orders and/or check/credit card can do so here.