My favorite week is the Social Studies week. I am always trying to integrate Langauge Arts and Social Studies because I feel there is never enough time to teach Social Studies with all of the ELA standards I have to address. And I LOVE teaching SS. In order to try and fix this problem this year I decided to do two things:
1.) Order the Social Studies Weekly program that is aligned with Common Core-- It is a great, interesting, and engaging newspaper type resource that students read and we complete activities with. It is great for Daily 5 buddy reading!
2.) Order a class set of the "Who Was" books.
I absolutely LOVE these books. Have you heard of them? If not, I suggest you go to Target right now and pick one up!
I first learned about these last year during our Famous American project. I wanted to get biographies on the Famous Americans my students were studying that were kid-friendly, and could be used for research by 4th graders. I stumbled across the "Who Was Abraham Lincoln?" and I fell in love! So did my students!
This year, I plan to start integrating these books into Language Arts from the beginning of the year.
We will read books during reading time in small groups as well as in Social Studies that go along with our Social Studies curriculum. Here are the books we will read pieces and parts from for sure:
-Martin Luther King Jr.
I also plan to integrate these during our biography unit, which is a big part of our common core 4th grade standards!
I actually just read the Who Was J.K. Rowling book for fun (since I am OBSESSED with Harry Potter) and it was SO interesting. I bought a copy for my classroom library!
I plan to make up a foldable for our interactive Social Studies notebooks to complete when we are reading these books. I will definitely post it on here when it's done :)
Do you have any great Social Studies books you use? Head on over to the Cuties and link up! I'd love to learn from you!
Also.. TOMORROW IS MY 1 YEAR BLOGIVERSARY!! YAhOO:)
I cannot believe I have been on this amazing journey for 1 year. I have met some unbelievable people who I truly consider friends now. Lookout for an amazing giveaway coming next weekend! I cannot wait to share it all with you :)
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