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Social Studies

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FREE "Less Mess" Explore the World: Research a Country or City

These pages can be used as interactive notebook pages or simply as stand-alone, ready to use student activity pages to make research of a country or city a bit more fun! My "Less Mess" Interactive Notebook Activities allow for two simple steps: cut around the border and glue it in. That's it! They ...

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It's a Small World!

Teach your students about the 7 Continents with these activities, projects & games! Expose them to a world that's bigger than they can imagine!

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Inside the earth worksheet

Layers of the earth online worksheet for 6. You can do the exercises online or download the worksheet as pdf.

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Longitude and Latitude Battleship

While I know this generation of students will simply pull out a phone to find a location, I still like to spend time teaching longitude, latitude, and other map skills. I want my students to…

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Students of History Teaching Resources

Students of History provides thorough and engaging lesson plans and resources for teaching social studies to middle school and high school students.

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Current Event Worksheets - World

Social Studies: If you like this current event, you'll love the Social Studies Current Event Pack or the Science AND Social Studies Current Events Bundle! *Please note: The bonus summarizing guide is only available in the current event bundles. Need some help with Social Studies? Need an activity ...

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Timeline Collections

Help your students understand and create timelines with this engaging, interactive collection of timeline projects and activities that would work for reading, social studies, or any content area! This resource is full of 12 different timeline variations that are sure to engage your students while teaching them this important social studies (or even reading graphic sources) skill! It's perfect for projects or practice once a month! It is also great for morning work, fast finishers (or early finishers), centers, homework, small group work, partner work, individual classwork, or even whole group! It is also perfect for tutors or substitutes. This activity helps your students practice chronological order, practice identifying the most important details (determining importance), and other significant information related to historical or timeline events. Plus, it aligns well with the Reading Common Core! File Type PDF (Acrobat) Document File Be sure that you have an application to open this file type before downloading and/or purchasing.

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No Stress Meet the Teacher? Yes, It Can Be Done!

No reason to stress out over Meet the Teacher this year! Check out these simple ways to rock your meet the teacher event!

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The Adventures of a K/1 Teacher

Today I wanted to share what my kiddos learned about maps. I like to start the week off with this very simple book called Maps. It's very short, but gives the kids a great introduction to the vocabulary. The main vocab words I focus on are: map, map key, symbol. near, far and next to. I also introduce the compass rose and the directions: north, south, west and east. We do a couple written activities where the kids have to look at maps and answer questions. I display them on my SMART board so the kids have one to reference when completing their own: We also label our classroom walls with the correct directions. We then play the North, South, East, West game! It is so simple, but they love it! Here are the rules: One person stands in the middle with their eyes closed and counts backwards from 10. Everyone else WALKS to a wall of their choice. After they finishing counting, the middle person shouts out a direction. For example, if they said west, everyone on the west wall would be out and have to sit down. The middle person then counts backwards again and everyone left chooses a new wall. This continues until there is only one person remaining. They are new "it" or middle person. This game is a great time filler and an easy way to get the kids moving. It also gives the kids a chance to work on the directions vocab. Of course, I also have the kids try their hand at drawing their own maps. I had them draw maps of two places they know very well: our classroom and their bedroom. To end the week, I plan a little surprise for the kids: a treasure hunt! My classroom is pirate themed so this is always a fun activity for my kiddos. Before school I place different clues around our school. After we come in from recess, there is a clue on the door telling the kids we are going on a treasure hunt. Every year they are extremely pumped to do this! The final clue leads us back to the classroom where we find a treasure box! In order to get the treasure, I tell the kids they have to walk quietly and it's amazing how calm and quiet they walk through the school. They want that treasure BAD! This is great for later too because I often tell my students if they are being too rowdy in line to remember our "treasure hunt line" and remind them that is how we should walk every day. Our final activity is to draw a map and label the different places we went to find clues. I first modeled drawing the map on my SMART board and had the kids come up with symbols for each place we visited. Then the kids drew their own: We had a great time learning about maps! I always love doing this unit. If you are interested in any of these activities (and MORE), please check out my map unit by clicking on the picture below. The first FOUR people to leave a comment with their email will get a free copy.

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