I realize I did not answer the second part of your question. You noticed that the Social Studies Alive "Regions" textbook is actually written for 4th graders. You are right. However, when our district was piloting social studies materials, regions was part of the 3rd grade curriculum. Even though the Social Studies Alive materials were written for 4th graders, we were not able to find anything we liked better than the Social Studies Alive program. Since the students listen to the CD, it was determined that the reading level of the text would not be a problem.
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