This is the starter kit for my series of Social Studies Weekly Centers (SSWC) products! You need this product before purchasing any of the specific weekly packages, along with an appropriate amount of time to establish the routines outlined in the kit.
Each SSWC product will include the same 5 types of centers, though individual products will be catered to specific subjects or topics. These centers are meant to be self-contained weekly activities to complement your current unit of study. It is anticipated and expected that the teacher is still giving regular lessons about the topic from his or her curriculum or textbook. The activities given in the Read about it, Write about it, Fab Vocab, Map Genius, and Game Time centers should enhance the lessons students are already receiving. However, the centers can be used as a general introduction to a topic or a fun way to enrich your “excess” social studies time.
Your starter kit will include signs and directions for the following stations:
Read about it!
In this station, students will read a short fiction story or nonfiction article about the subject. There are four generic sentence stems provided for them to respond to the reading, which can be answered orally in the small group.
Write about it!
In this station, students will respond to a short writing prompt which is specifically related to the unit of study. The kids do not need to complete the weekly reading in order to answer the prompt.
In this station, the students will be working with subject-specific vocabulary. The activities will vary within each unit depending on the type of vocabulary being presented, but will include word sorts/categorization, definition work, etc.
During this center, kids will engage in various mapping skills related to each unit of study. This can include latitude/longitude, physical mapping, population mapping, creating maps, and more.
In this station, kids are presented with a game to help them review the concepts from the weekly unit of study. Materials for this center will need to be prepared ahead of time by the teacher in most weeks, so be sure to examine each unit carefully and plan for this extra prep.