Saturday, March 25, 2017

Social Studies K-3 for April



LaNesha and I have finished up another AMAZING social studies unit! This one has everything you need for April. If you still haven't checked out our engaging, rigorous, and easy to use monthly units, check out the FREEBIE here!

We were are super excited to show you all that our April unit has to offer. There's so much to pick and choose from to meet your K-3 students. And these units truly are for K-3!

Take a quick look at just some of what our April download has to offer:

LaNesha currently teaches kindergarten and does an amazing job of differentiating that passages that I design for 2nd and 3rd grade. They are getting the same content at a level they can understand! eBooks, reading passages, writing responses, crafts, interactive vocabulary, and activities are available in different levels that you can choose from to best meet your students' needs.





The full color eBooks are the PERFECT way to present the topics in our units to your K and 1st grade students. You can project them on the board for an engaging whole group lesson. They work as an engaging hook for 2nd and 3rd as well, before they go off to independently read and learn in their workbooks.

 (Above is a sample page from the 2nd/3rd grade workbook)

For each month we choose for 4 out of the 5 subjects that make up social studies. Sociology, history, economics, and geography are available for April. Check out the amazing topics your students will be learning about this month:




Grab the full unit for April here! You won't be disappointed. A teacher guide is included to help you plan how to implement these units.

We truly hope you and your students enjoy our units and have fun learning!

XOXO,
LaNesha and Naomi

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Social Studies K-3 for March!


We, LaNesha Tabb and Naomi O'Brien, are SUPER excited that we decided to team up and work on these units together! We have our January Unit and February Unit and complete and available for purchase! There's also a FREEBIE to check out, wanted show you guys what you have to look forward to with this resource.

As a reminder, it is always our overall goal with these units to teach young students about different cultures, people, parts of the world, and about our country. We hope to inspire them to be compassionate, empathetic, and knowledgeable about the world around them.month's social studies topics are ones that your students are sure to enjoy! March is Women's History month AND Irish American Heritage Month! We also cover economics and geography in this unit. Let's take a look!

February was Black History month. That, unfortunately, goes hand-in-hand with topics like segregation and discrimination.  When you show students a picture of a segregated bus or school, that is visually clear. Brown people over here, white people over here- got it.  But what about the fact that when the Irish first came to America, they faced discrimination as well? That's not so easy to visually see. It makes us wonder if our students would arrive at the fact that if white people can discriminate against other people with the same color skin... maybe the REAL problem is FEAR? 

In this unit, we remember the past in our e-books and then we celebrate the accomplishments of Irish Americans that have helped to make our world what it is today.  
We recognize the sacrifice that the Sullivan brothers made for our country. 

We learn about the man who invented the first operational submarine- John Phillip Holland. 

March is also Women's History Month! 
We discuss the reasons why we would even need a Women's history month and then we allow for students to research their favorite influential women! 

We learn all about daylight saving time and how that changes. 






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We also touch on the time zones so that students can see that the time isn't the same everywhere. 

For economics, we will focus on bartering and trading! Your students will be able to set up a classroom economy and bartering experience! 

We hope you and your students have fun learning!
-Naomi and LaNesha

Friday, December 30, 2016

Elementary Social Studies for February (K-3) Check Out the Freebie!

 We, LaNesha Tabb and Naomi O'Brien, are SUPER excited that we decided to team up and work on these units together! Our January Unit is complete and ready to purchase now. There's a FREEBIE to check out, that really shows a sample of what you can expect from these monthly units. We recently completed our February Unit and wanted show you guys what you have to look forward to with this resource.
 It is our overall goal with these units to teach young students about different cultures, people, parts of the world, and about our country. We hope to inspire them to be compassionate, empathetic, and knowledgeable about the world around them.

If you take a look at the "At-A-Glance" images below, you will see that February is packed full of awesome for your and your students!




There are 5 subjects with Social Studies that we will focus on each month, but only 4 at a time. They will change each month.
 This month we decided to focus on:

Sociology: What is World Hijab Day?
Geography: The Geography of the Super Bowl
History: Celebrating Black History
Civics: Who Chooses our Holidays?

(A teacher guide is included to give you plenty of ideas of how to teach these topics to your children. Quizzes are included in the guide as well.)




You guys, we really wanted to make sure we covered all bases with all of the grade levels we hoped to reach. There is truly something for everyone. We included workbooks with longer reading passages, more vocabulary words, and writing prompts for the older grader. There are also eBooks and Mini Books for the lower grade levels to have access to the same content. Print them out or project them of the entire class to see!
Even if your students are using the 2-3 workbooks (pictured above), the eBooks can still be used as a hook or discussion starter for each new topic!



Each subject has a craft or interactive activity included. We really want your students to be familiar with the topics they are learning about. We want them to go home excited to tell their families and friends what they learned about in school that day! When we think about the impact those discussion can have, our hearts are so full!


We hope your students and you have fun learning and teaching each other! Be on the look out for the March Unit which is coming soon!

To find our units, use the links above or search #SocialStudiesK3 in the search bar on TeachersPayTeachers.com.


Love,
LaNesha and Naomi



Tuesday, December 13, 2016

A Year Long Thematic Social Studies Unit That Matters!

Despite the negative reports posted on the hour, despite the comments sections on most websites, despite the ever-growing notion that we are more divided now than we've ever been before...

We still have hope. 

We, LaNesha Tabb and Naomi O'Brien, have joined together to write what we like to call our "love letter" to students all over America- and even beyond. We seek to heal, enlighten, and promote curiosity about our world, it's past, and the present people in it.  This resource is for you. 


Our hope is that this resource widens perspectives, encourages conversation, and promotes the idea that different isn't "bad" or "weird." We believe this can be done at even the youngest ages. We realized that we were both guilty of only teaching Black History in our classrooms and that that wouldn't cut it when we live in a nation full of diverse people. In this resource, you'll find just about every heritage month that is recognized nationally. Our goal was to create a unit that has something for everyone inside. Why?

Because knowing stuff about our world matters. 

We have created a resource that covers Social Studies subjects for primary grades. In these monthly thematic units, we cover fresh and interesting topics in the areas of civics, history, sociology, geography, and economics. There's a little bit of everything in here- differentiated reading passages, activities, crafts, mini-books, e-books, assessments...the works! It can be adapted anywhere from grades K-3. LaNesha is currently teaching the modified version in kindergarten and Naomi teaches her gifted and talented students- all from the same resource!  



Here is a snapshot of the January Resource! 



Lastly, we wanted to make sure that you could see the big picture for where we are headed, so we'd love to present the overview for the year! Are you ready? Annnnnd scroll! 













See? We weren't kiddin'! Our goal was to recognize as many cultural groups and interesting topics as we could! We are so excited to expose our youngest students to our rich history, sociology, civics, geography, and economics! Little kids can do big things and think big thoughts and we hope this resource encourages just that!