Set Up For Social Studies: Kindergarten A 90 Day (Or Less) Social Studies Curriculum

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(Click on any photo to be taken
to the resource)

You are going to LOVE this unit. It’s
easy to implement, it’s comprehensive,
#representation, and your students are going to walk
away with a great foundation of important social studies skills. We
lay the foundation in literally every other academic area, social
studies shouldn’t be an exception!

We wanted to put together a curriculum
that would give students the basics and kick start their love of
history, civics, economics, geography, decision making,
and sociology. We wanted to present these
foundational and important topics paired with images that we generally
don’t see in social studies lessons. Close your eyes
and picture images from your elementary school social studies
lessons….who do you see represented? Think about the curriculum your
school purchased a few years ago. Who’s centered? Who’s missing?

We wanted to make sure to cover
the basics but cover them in a way where more than one group of people
might see themselves represented for various reasons.

In our teacher guides (that accompany
each lesson in all 6 units), we added our notes and gave teachers our
quick tips and considerations for the lessons.

We sought to include lessons that
pushed teachers to move beyond “just the facts” that asked them to
consider different perspectives and the truths of others. Yes,
students need to learn about goods, services, and money, but we can
cover those topics in a way that gets them thinking about how the
world works for different groups of people and to consider how those
groups are affected.

We also encourage teachers to add in
perspectives we may have missed. Use each lesson as an opportunity to
bring truth and real conversations into your classroom.

In this curriculum, you will find
everything you need to hit the ground running and lay a foundation
that will help you and your students dive deeper into other topics
during your social studies time.

There are 6 units:

Each unit consists of 8
lessons
:

Student workbooks, projectable lessons,
a detailed teaching guide, checks for understanding, feelings checks,
unit reviews, vocabulary, and unit quizzes are also included in this
curriculum!

There is so much included to help you
and your students do social studies right!

Print the essential question
posters
and post them in the room for the duration of each
unit and refer back to them throughout the unit.
Or show them to students virtually before
each lesson and remind them that this question will be able to be
answered confidently at the end of your unit.

Student workbooks and
assignments
can be printed and bound into one large workbook
and kept in a folder, or made into 6 mini workbooks. Each unit has its
own cover page. Or, the workbooks can be assigned digitally.
PNGs have been included for your convenience so they can be added to
Google Slides or Seesaw. Directions are included in your download for
both.
Pages can also be printed or virtually assigned as
needed.

Student Checks for
Understanding
are built in to take place after each lesson.
Students will use a 1-4 rating system to assess their own
understanding.

We set this up in a way that students
will have an open book quiz at the end of the unit. Allow students to
use all of the lesson assignments and Unit Review Note
catcher
to assist while they take their end of unit quiz.

Unit Lesson Slides are
included. Each lesson has its own slide to help teach the lessons and
engage your learners. A Turn and Talk question is
included on each slide to encourage student discussion. Virtual
learners can enjoy these discussions whole group or in breakout
rooms!

Feeling lost? Don’t worry, we’ve got
you! A Daily Lesson Guide for each and every lesson exists to
guide you along the way. We added objectives, teaching suggestions,
questions, and show you which slide corresponds with which workbook
page you’ll need for that lesson.

It’s easy! One lesson = One teacher
guide page, one teaching slide to project (or share), and one student
workbook page.

Parent and Caregiver
Notes
have been included to send home or attach the image and
email it so that parents and caregivers are aware of all of the
lessons in an upcoming unit!

Unit Pacing:

So, you’re probably asking yourself how
long does all of this take? We designed each lesson to last for 30
minutes or less. We know many of us have to use the “Get in where you
fit in” model when it comes to social studies.

There are 8 lessons in each unit that
are meant to last for 8 days. There’s a day to review for the quiz,
and then a day for the quiz. Each unit has 5 vocabulary words that
should be taught one day at a time. So an entire unit would last for15
days if you did one lesson each day of the school week. (If you need
to reteach a lesson or two, based on checks for understanding, go for
it! Do what works for you.)

We also understand that holidays,
breaks, themes, and other things come up and interrupt lessons. You
might skip a day here and there to fit in an accurate Thanksgiving
lesson, or teach about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. That’s fine! This
curriculum can be stretched out longer if you decide to visit other
themes in between units. It can be completed quickly if you power
through.

We added a pacing guide that also
includes resources we’ve created that will help you further explore
more social studies topics with your students.

Who are these lessons for?:

These lessons are geared towards 5-6
year-olds. The majority of their workbook response sheets require
them to use high order thinking, reasoning, and to explain themselves
through drawing and some writing.

What standards did we
follow?:

We took a look at several different
states across the U.S.A. and combined the elements, themes, and
standards that we saw repeated over and over again for students at the
first-grade level.

What’s included in the entire
student workbook?

What is the vocabulary
format?:

We understand that schedules and
curriculum needs may vary from teacher to teacher. Because of this, we
included a vocabulary portion that can be covered at your discretion.
Introduce the vocabulary word (cards have been included that may be
printed and displayed in a pocket chart). Ask students to draw a
picture, write the definition, and then use it in a sentence for
context. Projectable vocabulary slides are included in each unit for
each word.

What do Student Workbook Pages
look like?:

What do unit review flashcards
look like?:

What do unit (open note)
quizzes look like?:

What does a daily lesson slide
look like?:

We understand how important social
studies is. When done right, it can be used to lay a foundation for
young learners that will grow up to be citizens in a diverse world.
Citizens that are culturally intelligent, empathetic,
and knowledgeable about the world around
them.

(Click the Image Below to Purchase)

Love,

LaNesha and Naomi

(Tabb + O’Brien)

Set Up For Social Studies for First Grade: A 90 Day (or Less) Social Studies Curriculum

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(Click on any photo to be taken to the resource)

You are going to LOVE this unit. It’s easy to implement, it’s comprehensive, #representation, and your students are going to walk away with a great foundation of important social studies skills. We lay the foundation in literally every other academic area, social studies shouldn’t be an exception!

LaNesha and I wanted to put together a curriculum that would give students the basics and kick start their love of history, civics, economics, geography, decision making, and sociology. We wanted to present these foundational and important topics paired with images that we generally don’t see in social studies lessons. Close your eyes and picture images from your elementary school social studies lessons….who do you see represented? Think about the curriculum your school purchased a few years ago. Who’s centered? Who’s missing?

We wanted to make sure to cover the basics, but cover them in a way where more than one group of people might see themselves represented for various reasons.

In our teacher guides (that accompany each lesson in all 6 units), we added our notes and gave teachers our quick tips and considerations for the lessons.

We sought to include lessons that pushed teachers to move beyond “just the facts” that asked them to consider different perspectives and the truths of others. Yes, student need to learn about goods, services, and money, but we can cover those topics in a way that gets them thinking about how the world works for different groups of people and to consider how those groups are affected.

We also encourage teachers to add in perspectives we may have missed. Use each lesson as an opportunity to bring truth and real conversations into your classroom.

In this curriculum you will find everything you need to hit the ground running and lay a foundation that will help you and your students dive deeper into other topics during your social studies time.

There are 6 units:

Each unit consists of 8 lessons:

Student workbooks, projectable lessons, a detailed teaching guide, checks for understanding, feelings checks, unit reviews, vocabulary, and unit quizzes are also included in this curriculum!

There is so much included to help you and your students do social studies right!

Print the essential question posters and post them in the room for the duration of each unit and refer back to them throughout the unit. Or show them to students virtually before each lesson and remind them that this question will be able to be answered confidently at the end of your unit.

Student workbooks and assignments can be printed and bound into one large workbook and kept in a folder, or made into 6 mini workbooks. Each unit has its own cover page. Or workbooks can be assigned digitally. PNGs have been included for your convenience so they can be added to Google Slides or Seesaw. Directions are included in your download for both. Pages can also be printed or virtually assigned as needed.

Student Checks for Understanding are built in to take place after each lesson. Students will use a 1-4 rating system to assess their own understanding.

We set this up in a way that students will have an open book quiz at the end of the unit. Allow students to use all of lesson assignments and Unit Review Note catcher to assist while they take their end of unit quiz.

Unit Lesson Slides are included. Each lesson has its own slide to help teach the lessons and engage your learners. A Turn and Talk question is included on each slide to encourage student discussion. Virtual learners can enjoy these discussions whole group or in breakout rooms!

Feeling lost? Don’t worry, we’ve got you! A Daily Lesson Guide for each and every lesson exists to guide you along the way. We added objectives, teaching suggestions, questions, and show you which slide corresponds with which workbook page you’ll need for  that lesson.

It’s easy! One lesson = One teacher guide page, one teaching slide to project (or share), and one student workbook page.

Parent and Caregiver Notes have been included to send home or attach the image and email it so that parents and caregivers are aware of all of the lessons in a upcoming unit!

Unit Pacing:

So, you’re probably asking yourself how long does all of this take? We designed each lesson to last for 30 minutes or less. We know many of us have to use the “Get in where you fit in” model when it comes to social studies.

There are 8 lessons in each unit that are meant to last for 8 days. There’s a day to review for the quiz, and then a day for the quiz. Each unit has 5 vocabulary words that should be taught one day at a time. So an entire unit would last for15 days if you did one lesson each day of the school week. (If you need to reteach a lesson or two, based on checks for understanding, go for it! Do what works for you.)

We also understand that holidays, breaks, themes, and other things come up and interrupt lessons. You might skip a day here and there to fit in an accurate Thanksgiving lesson, or teach about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. That’s fine! This curriculum can be stretched out longer if you decide to visit other themes in between units. It can be completed quickly, if you power through.

We added a pacing guide that also includes resources we’ve created that will help you further explore more social studies topics with your students.

Who are these lessons for?: 

These lessons are geared towards 6-7 year-olds. They will be asked to explore topics that build off of what they learned in kindergarten. The majority of their workbook response sheets require them to use high order thinking, reasoning, and to explain themselves through drawing and writing.

What standards did we follow?:

We took a look at several different states across the U.S.A. and combined the elements, themes, and standards that we saw repeated over and over again for students at the first grade level.

What’s included in the entire student workbook? 

What is the vocabulary format?:

We understand that schedules and curriculum needs may vary from teacher to teacher. Because of this, we included a vocabulary portion that can be covered at your discretion. Introduce the vocabulary word (cards have been included that may be printed and displayed in a pocket chart).  Ask students to draw a picture, write the definition, and then use it in a sentence for context. Projectable vocabulary slides are included in each unit for each word.

What do Student Workbook Pages look like?:

What are the themes of each unit?:

What do unit review flashcards look like?:

What do unit quizzes look like?:

What does a daily lesson slide look like?:

We understand how important social studies is. When done right, it can be used to lay a foundation for young learners that will grow up to be citizens in a diverse world. Citizens that are culturally intelligent, empathetic, and knowledgeable about the world around them.

(Click the Image Below to Purchase)

Love,

LaNesha and Naomi

(Tabb + O’Brien)

Not Your Average Christmas

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We know what you’re thinking. “They made a Christmas unit? Aren’t they all about inclusivity?

How is this inclusive???”

Exactly.

That’s why this is a NOT YOUR AVERAGE Christmas Unit. In this unit, we wanted to create some lessons around why things are the way that they are in the United States around Christmastime. We will explore holiday concepts around economics, history, and sociology! We also recognize that some students are not supposed to engage in any sort of holiday activity at all (for cultural/religious reasons). Our hope is that this will serve as an alternative because these lessons don’t celebrate, but rather educate and allow students a chance to process why this holiday is so prevalent. We would send this content to the families to preview and ask if it is culturally appropriate BEFORE teaching it.

We also tried to include response sheets that are free of holiday clipart. We encourage you to use this unit as a springboard for your own class research as well! We hope you enjoy this unit as much as we do!

The topics that we cover include:

 

Sociology: What happens if when you don’t celebrate Christmas…but it’s Christmastime? The holiday decorations, songs, school parties, office celebrations… there isn’t any escaping it if that’s “not your thing” or if it’s not a part of your culture. Do we ever stop to process why this might be the case? How did Christmas become so mainstream? How can we be more inclusive?

Economics: Hallmark holidays are holidays that either seem to be invented for the primary purpose of or a holiday that has gotten away from its original purpose. There are holidays such as “Sweetest Day” or “Boss’s Day” that many people believe to be a Hallmark Holiday- but even Christmas has been labeled as a heavily commercialized holiday due to the marketing and spending trends. What would a holiday look like if it was completely uncommercialized?

History: How did Christmas become a Federal Holiday? The United States recognizes 10 Federal Holidays in a year…but what is the history behind how those were selected? Federal holidays usually give people a paid day off work. Unlike many other countries, the United States doesn’t have a national holiday. This is because Congress only has the power to create holidays for federal institutions. Christmas traditions make the holiday seem like it is celebrated nationally (which may be confusing if we are told that you can celebrate any way you’d like in the U.S.) but this is due to the sharing of traditions that started in Godey’s Lady Book- a popular lifestyle magazine in the 1800s.

We hope you enjoy this unit!!

LaNesha and Naomi

Inauguration Day for Primary Students

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Inauguration Day is a great time to get some civics and history into your primary classroom! Kids might not know exactly what’s going on, but chances are they know something exciting is happening. LaNesha and I put together a lesson to help you introduce this important day to you students. The activities we included are going to have them looking forward to Inauguration Day and all of the traditions involved!

To teach about Inauguration Day, this resource includes an eBook filled with information about why Inauguration Day is on the 20th as well as the constitutional and traditional events that happen. (Click on any image to be taken to the resource)

Discussion questions have been included on some of the pages to get a great discussion going with your students.

Four fun activities have been included to tie all of the information together.
Click on the Images to be taken to the resource.

We hope you and your students have fun learning about this special day!

xoxo,

LaNesha and Naomi

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The Truth About Thanksgiving

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If you are new here, hi. We are Naomi and LaNesha and we are passionate about honest and inclusive history in the PRIMARY grades. We even wrote a book about it. Thanksgiving. Please, please, please do better. If you are a teacher, literally research Thanksgiving. What we teach is inaccurate and embarrassing at this point. […]