My teammate, Sarah and I start our Social Studies unit the first week of school for two reasons: one because we miss each other when the wall is closed and second because the students are just as excited to open the wall and see their friends. Both of these reasons are social and isn't that why they call it "Social" Studies?
This year we started differently although our goals were the same. We wanted to get to know our students better and learn about their families and traditions. We asked the students to choose 3-5 photos that are important to them and glue then on the inside cover of their SS spiral and write about them. Answering these 3 questions:
a. Why is that photo important to you?
b. Where is that photo taken?
c. How does that photo connect to your family?
This conversation then launched us into our Geography Unit focusing on North America. Locating all 50 states, geographical features, regions, and reading/understanding maps including latitude and longitude.
In addition, we will share the following Wonders of the day @Wonderopolis.
Wonder #55 How are Maps Made?
Wonder #492 When is a State Not a State?
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