This integrated resource covers all the 5th grade common core social studies standards. It includes the HISTORICAL, GEOGRAPHICAL, and CIVIC Understanding standards. It is arranged by decades, so while students are exploring the information covered in the common core standards, they can also see how each event or person fit into the grand scheme of things. As the standard tasks are assigned, students research and then write their findings in complete sentences under the said standard. This gives students a great review/study tool! You can use these as TOTD! We can also have 'discussions' on Edmodo with these! I also hold my students accountable with the ELA standards we cover, so this integrated resource can also be a weekly assessment opportunity for social studies and ELA.
We use this tool in many different ways in our classroom:
• Individual student research.
• Pairs might be assigned a task to research together.
• I assign the tasks on my weekly checklist to coincide with where we are in our social studies unit. Students have until Friday to complete the tasks.
• Once tasks are completed, we check it as a class weekly for completion and accuracy.
• The students have a review tool to use independently or with a study buddy.
• Students LOVE to turn their research into an EDUCREATION. This is then documented in a class notebook. Students who need assistance with a task can refer to the notebook, look up, and then review other students’ EDUCREATIONS. While they watch, they are to take notes.
• After students research, they can create a poster which we then display in the classroom.
Parents are usually very willing to help! I have some parent volunteers make the copies, and then hole punch them for us. I have a file folder with brads for each student (I color code my subjects so my social studies folders are red!), and the students put their "Decades" copy in their folder and secure the brads. Then I have then go through their booklet to see what we will be covering in 5th grade. I have them pick out key terms, events, and people, and use that information to create a 'word splash' on their folder cover! We construct our booklets the first day of class, and they are off and running with an assignment that night!