Use these quick writes as a formative assessment tool to bring writing into social studies.
I have included all 14 VA Social Studies SOLs for 3rd grade:
-Contributions of Ancient Greece and Rome
-West African empire of Mali
- Explorers (Christopher Columbus, Juan Ponce de Leon, Jacques Cartier, Christopher Newport)
-Explorers reasons for exploring
-Physical and human characteristics of Greece, Rome, and West Africa
-Explain how Greece, Rome, and Mali adapted to environment
- Map skills on a world map
-What visual aids can help gather, display and classify information
-Natural resources and produces in ancient Greece, Rome, and Mali
-Economic Choice/Opportunity Cost
-Importance of government in community, Virginia, US
-Famous Americans (George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, Rosa Parks, Thurgood Marshall, Martin Luther King Jr., Cesar Chavez
-What unites the American People/Benefits of Diversity
-Prince William County geography
-How has Prince William County changed over time
It has helped my students practice writing paragraphs to inform on a weekly basis. I have these sentence frames posted in my class:
I learned many things about ________.
One thing I learned...
These are some things I learned about ____________.
Each page is set up for writing an informative paragraph on a 3rd grade, VA social studies SOL.
At the top of each quick write page is a word bank with helpful vocabulary words. This is a great way to provide support for your ELLs and struggling spellers.
At the bottom of each quick write is a quick rubric for grading SS and Writing. This is a great way to bring SS content into writing as well as writing into SS.
I have also included a blank template so you can print and hand-write to use these as quick writes or as tickets out the door.
*My county gives letter grades for 3rd grade, but feel free to message if you would like it edited to fit your needs!
I used the same "Three things I learned about..." template for integrating 2nd grade social studies SOLs into writing. My students became strong, nonfiction writers and writing about their learning helped them to solidify content vocabulary.
2nd grade file with VA social studies AND science SOLs: