This is my first year teaching social studies (in middle school, in my career, and in 6th grade). I teach in NC and our state will be implementing the Common Core starting next school (2012-2013). In addition, all of our other curriculums have changed to what they call Essential Standards. I was put on the Social Studies Essential Standards training team for our county.
Needless to say, I was panicked and lost at the beginning of the school year. I started out with the five themes of geography and landforms and then moved to South America which was found in our old textbook while we read The Cay in language arts class. Since being put on the training team, the team was told after the first nine weeks that we were
InspirEd Educators was like this amazing find for me (and in no way am I affiliated or paid to promote their products)! They have several thematic units on ancient world history which is what our new essential standards is for 6th grade. These lessons contain a variety of hands on activities, primary and secondary sources, whole group/small group lessons, research projects, and collaborative projects just to name a few.
So...long story short: my social studies notebooks started out more interactive but then became a place to glue all the lesson from InspirEd Educators as act as a textbook for social studies. Here are a few pictures to get started.
|The table of contents for my social studies interactive notebook.|
|Five Themes of Geography flip book foldable. We took notes on each tab for that theme. Notice the capital/bold letters spell MR. HELP...this was our acronym to help remember the five themes (found on the Internet somewhere).|
|One of the tabs from our Five Themes of Geography flip book foldable.|
|Longitude and latitude foldable using a paper plate and then glued into our notebooks.|
|Here is the paper plate foldable unfolded in our notebook.|