I have a 3rd grade self-contained classroom. Because of time constraints and a multitude of special pull-out programs, our social studies currriculum suffers. As a grade level we are considering covering our social studies curriculum through reading/language arts by reading non-fiction selections on social studies topics, etc. Has anybody else done something similar? Are we off-track or is this feasible? Since we are self-contained, there are no bells or other means of designating class times. We can be as flexible as we want, as long as the material is covered. We are thinking of not giving a social studies grade on the report card if we incorporate this into language arts. Any thoughts or ideas?