Lanesha Tabb from Education with an Apron approached me last year with the BEST idea ever! We were both feeling really disappointed and upset about things going on around the world. As educators and parents, we wanted to do more to help, but we weren't quite sure what we could do. Lanesha told me about her vision: creating a teaching resource that would inspire the students that crossed our paths to be compassionate, informed, and empathetic citizens in our world.
We immediately got to work choosing topics, cultures, people, and stories that we felt needed to be heard, shared, and explored. As we worked, we found ourselves wondering why WE never learned most of these things when we were in school. We knew we were on to something GREAT!
Lanesha and I recently finished our August and September units. August is more of a social studies kick-off to get students excited about what's to come and to find out what they already know about some topics already.
We know that the first month of school can be crazy! Fitting everything in can be overwhelming, so August is more laid back than the other months. We included everything you'll need to make engaging social studies anchor charts and get students thinking about what social studies really is.
Students will create a social studies flipbook after previewing an ebook that previews the ENTIRE year and shows all of the topics students can look forward to.
Kindergarten - third grade students learning about sociology, economics, civics, geography, and history? What?! Each of our units includes 4 out of the 5 areas. We intended for each area to be focused on for one week. The monthly units include ebooks to preview each topic, differentiated k-2 reading passages, discussion questions, comprehension questions, projects, anchor charts, interactive vocabulary, and meaningful craftivies! You can choose to do them all or pick and choose what works for you!
Each of our monthly units includes an "at a glance" page to help you plan out your social studies lessons. A teacher guide is also included. It includes a teaching script, ideas for thinking maps, and much more, like quizzes and books to add to lessons!
Here are our topics and most of the items included for September:
We hope are you are as EXCITED to introduce these monthly units to your students as we are! Celebrating heritage months, people from different cultures, and having discussions about the world is one of the greatest gifts we can give our students.
Here are some links to check out other units we have posted, and a FREEBIE too:
Lanesha Tabb and Naomi O'Brien