Sunday, May 4, 2014

Social Studies & Science Morning Work, a Freebie, and a Sale

I really think I need a nine hour school day to teach everything that I want to teach. I have more ideas that I know what to do with, but I just can't squeeze it all in. I really wish I had time to teach a social studies and science lesson everyday, but I don't. I tried for a couple years, but I felt like I was short-changing my students, because I had to hurry through everything to squeeze it in. This year, I alternated between social studies and science units, and it's worked out much better for me. I do teach one or the other everyday.

In my opinion, our social studies standards are H.A.R.D. I work and work on them all year long, but it's really difficult for my students to remember all of the content. Next year, I'm going to add a social studies and science section to my morning work binder. This will allow me to spend just a few minutes each morning reviewing previously taught content. I will alternate between social studies and science.

I'm going to use The Science Penguin's Weekly Science Warm-Ups for my science review, but I needed something for social studies, so I've been hard at work these last few weeks! I've created 14 weeks (70 days) of social studies warm-ups. These reviews include a large variety of questions that encourage critical thinking and an understanding of academic vocabulary.

Here is a list of the topics included in the review:                   
  • landforms
  • 7 continents
  • U.S rivers and mountains (Colorado, Rio Grade, Ohio, Mississippi, and Hudson)
  • U.S. regions
  • latitude and longitude
  • ancient Greece
  • democracy
  • levels of government
  • branches of government
  • rights and privileges
  • government services
  • resources
  • trade
  • spending and saving

My Georgia standards have some very specific historical figures for third grade, so I didn't include them in the original pack. I wanted to make the original review usable for almost any elementary classroom. I did make an additional review for the GPS historical figures.
  • Paul Revere
  • Frederick Douglass
  • Susan B. Anthony
  • Eleanor Roosevelt
  • Franklin D. Roosevelt
  • Mary McLeod Bethune
  • Thurgood Marshall
  • Lyndon B. Johnson
  • Cesar Chavez
I also combined both reviews together for a bundle at a discounted price! I'm so excited about these, because I feel very confident that they will be a huge help in the classroom. I expect them to make a huge impact on my CRCT scores!

Here's a little freebie for all of my third grade Georgia friends! I made a couple of choice board activities for my Georgia habitat unit. One choice board is for the mountain and piedmont habitats, and the other choice board is for the swamp and coast habitats.  You can grab a FREE copy of all the files {here}.
I've included all of the forms that are needed for the choice board.

Of course, I've saved the best for last! I wanted to let everyone know that Teachers Pay Teachers will be hosting a site-wide sale on May 6th and 7th. I will also discount everything in my store for additional savings! Happy shopping!
Thank you Tessa Maguire for the graphics!


Lessons Learned said...

Thanks for this Ashley. I've been working on some stuff that is extremely specific to GA's science and social studies standards for 2nd. But then I want to tweak it for all grades. I'm always so happy to have materials for the grade levels that bookend me though.

Thanks again (we're down to 14 days!) :)
- Sydney
Lessons Learned

Lessons Learned said...

Doh, and I spelled your name wrong - pet peeve of mine. So sorry about that!

Tracie said...

Love all of this! I will definitely be buying it during the sale! Thanks for the freebie!

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