Anchor Charts in Secondary Social Studies
As a secondary Social Studies teacher, the thought of anchor charts intimidated me – isn’t that an elementary thing? How would I use them in my class? Would they even work with teenagers? What would
Wrapping Up Our Landforms Unit + A Writing Freebie
If you follow me on Instagram or Facebook, you know my most favorite unit this time of year is all about Landforms! We started with making landforms on paper plates like we did last year (read all about that HERE): We then played Bingo as a group with my Landforms Poster & Bingo Packet HERE. In an effort to stretch this unit out even more, I added a writing component that came out *way* better than I had expected, and I am so excited to be sharing it with you! Since kids had spent so much…
Social Studies close reading vs. ELA close reading. It’s both/and not either/or
Okay. I'm going to have to be careful here. But I'm gonna start with this: "Social studies teachers should not worry about having kids do ELA close reading activities. Social studies teachers should not be asked to do ELA literacy activities." Let the throwing of things and gnashing of teeth begin. Because I've seen it…
Rules and Laws writing prompt
After teaching rules and laws, students will create a story about a town that does not follow a certain rule or law. Students will create a consequence, which will help them to see the cause and effect of rules and laws. They can illustrate the story when they finish!
Communities Have Laws: A Poster Project
Reinforce the idea of civic responsibility with your kiddos! Encourage your students to think about our laws, the reasons they exist, and consequences for infractions through this activity. Use the planning sheet to help students prepare a poster about a particular law and why it's important to fo...