Currently, in social studies and reading, I'm covering the changes that took place in the colonies right before the American Revolution. In writing, we're in the beginning phases of persuasive writing. I have one period a week to teach straight social studies (the other texts and lessons are through reader's workshop)--meaning I don't have to take conference notes (...yet!!) and I can work on projects with the students. :)
I looked through my library and what did I find...
a perfect fit for the textbook!!
There were 6 people I wanted to cover (which was only the first few pages of the book--another bonus!!) I needed an organizer for it, so I used a flippable from 4mulaFun!
This is the 6 flap petal from Jennifer's Flippable Template Pack. (This is just one of 51 different templates--definitely check it out if you do a lot of flippables in your room!)
I read a little bit in the book, stopped and had the students think about the most important ideas we were learning about the person, then we jotted the notes in the organizer. There was a lot of discussion about each person and more content knowledge was gained through this focused conversation!
To link this project with our new unit of study, I had the students answer this prompt:
Here is how I planned for this:
How do you make social studies fun? Do you create projects or are you limited to the textbook? I'd love to know about it :)