The student activities manual engages students with hands-on opportunities to demonstrate knowledge acquired through the student edition. Students learn to think critically and creatively as they apply unit concepts. Skills pages reinforce the development of literacy skills and the use of social studies tools. Students participate in both reading and creating maps, charts, bar graphs, timelines, and graphic organizers. Activity pages promote project-based learning. Unit study guides are included to provide systematic review of key concepts and to prepare students for unit assessments.