For the first time in a lot of years, I’m teaching social studies. It’s actually been kind of fun. After 2 years of teaching a highly scripted curriculum, the idea that I can plan my own lessons is quite liberating!
We’ve been working on the United States, with a lot of success. Our book divides it into 4 regions, so we’ve worked on a region at a time. Before we began, I gave the students a map of the United States and asked them to write down all the states and capitals they could. Obviously, they weren’t able to do many.
Then, we started with the Northeast United States. The formula I’ve found for studying each region is:
Day 1 – we watch a video from Discovery Education about the region. These are great because they have discussion questions embedded in the video.
Day 2 & 3 – we read the…
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