This product has been a year in the making. I have created files for an interactive Social Studies notebook. The units are very specific to Georgia Performance Standards (GPS) for 5th Grade Social Studies, but could be used if other states have similar standards. The files also lend themselves to a learning focused classroom, equipped with activators, graphic organizers, and summarizers. The notebook files explore the following topics:
Turn of the Century
World War I and Postwar America
Great Depression and New Deal
World War II
Cold War, Korean War, Vietnam War, and Communism
The Civil Rights Movement, and 50s and 60s culture
Developments Since 1975
Geography (specific to GPS)
Government (specific to GPS)
Economics (specific to GPS)
Each topic is a pdf file that includes: an activator, graphic organizers and activity sheets, and a summarizer. Some of the files are from the units that I created for sale on TPT, but most are brand new. The way I used these in my classroom was to copy them as half sheets, and students glued them into composition books.
Obviously, you should use what is appropriate for you and your students, and even I did not use every single file that I have attached. In addition to the files above, I had students glue my notes sheets and study guides that you can find in my unit products. I also HIGHLY encourage you to consider buying the book: http://www.gallopade.com/productdetails.cfm?PC=16036
I use some pieces from that book that my students glue into their notebooks.
If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me! Enjoy!
*I have noticed throughout working in the notebook with my own students that there are a few grammatical mistakes (sorry, I am human!). I have chosen to use those as teachable moments, and have students correct the mistakes as they see them. I will update the product to correct the mistakes as I find them, though. :)
Hey everyone! Thanks for all the great feedback about my notebook. I am working on creating an example of what the notebook looks like in addition to an answer key for the files. Please give me some time.. I'm no longer teaching fifth grade social studies, but I do still want to have quality, top-of-the-line products for everyone who purchases. I'll update the description as soon as I get these items together.