I did manage to squeeze in a little instruction, but I can't wait to have a "normal" week, if that's possible. In social studies, we're working on geography, which to be perfectly honest is boring for me. I have a very hard time making it fun. We did an interactive notebook entry and some book work, but I wanted to have a least one day that would completely grab my students' attention. I couldn't find exactly what I was looking for, so I ended up creating nine social studies stations that we used for centers on Friday. I have to say it was one of the best geography lesson I've ever taught! I knew I'd eventually add these activities to TpT, so I created two different versions-one for GA teachers and one for almost any social studies teacher.
In Station 1, students had to draw and label the Rocky and Appalachian Mountains, as well as the Colorado, Rio Grande, Mississippi, Ohio, and Hudson Rivers on a map. (The general version has students label the seven continents.)
In Station 2, students used a town map to answer cardinal and intermediate directions questions.
In Station 3, students found 16 different countries on a world map and placed them in the correct hemisphere.
Whew! If you're still reading I also had a quick place value activity that I also wanted to share with you. In the activity, students represented three digit numbers using a variety of combinations of base-ten blocks. There was the one obvious way for each number, but then students had to apply what they knew about regrouping to determine two other ways to show the number. This was very difficult for my students, but I do feel that it was an important lesson in developing their number sense. I could see a huge improvement by the end of the week. You can download a copy of it here.
On a side note, after looking at these pictures, I am officially in the market for a new camera. I have almost no natural light in my classroom, so I need something that can make pictures in florescent light look good. I don't know much about cameras, so it can't be too sophisticated. Any recommendations?