Archive for the ‘Social Studies’ Category

Castle- 4th Grade

June 19, 2014



World Rivers- Third Grade

November 6, 2012

World Rivers Sort

River Notes

Rivers of the World Jeopardy Review Game

Thanksgiving, Native Americans, Pilgrims

March 22, 2012

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Twas the Night Before Thanksgiving

A Turkey for Thanksgiving by Eve Bunting

I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Pie

Turkey Trouble by Wendi Silvano

The Firefighter’s Thanksgiving by Maribeth Boelts

Arthur’s Thanksgiving

The Night Before Thanksgiving by Wendi Silvano

Sometimes It’s Turkey, Sometimes It’s Feathers by Lorna Balian

Turkey Surprise by Peggy Archer

In November by Cynthia Rylant

Over the River: A Turkey’s Tale by Derek Anderson

A Plump and Perky Turkey by Teresa Bateman

The Ugly Pumpkin by Dave Horowitz

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Henry and Mudge: Under the Yellow Moon

*Turkey Trouble is a great story to use with an art project of disguising a turkey.

Native Americans:

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Giving Thanks

The Girl Who Loved Wild Horses

Dream Wolf

Her Seven Brothers

Iktomi and the Coyote

Love Flute

The Return of the Buffalos

The Story of Jumping Mouse

The Rough Face Girl

The Legend of the Blue Bonnet


How Chipmunk Got His Stripes

Squanto’s Journey

Mama, Do You Love Me?

Corn is Maize

The Legend of the Indian Paintbrush

Arrow to the Sun

It Happened in Colorado by James Crutchfield (Read the article called “The Great Buffalo Hunt.”

The Gift of the Sacred Dog

Native American Report

IMG_7616IMG_7618IMG_7619IMG_7622IMG_7623One of the standards for our third graders was to create a report about Native Americans.  Our school used the Step Up to Writing method, so we had the students pick a Native American group and write paragraphs on their food, homes, clothing, and tools.  They wrote on one topic at a time with at least 5 sentences and then illustrated it.  Other topics were optional such as art, etc.  The report also included a United States map with the location of the tribes marked.  At the end the report had a test that the author of the report created to go along with their report.  The class would read the reports and then answer the questions on the test.  There were opportunities to exceed the standard by creating a poem, word search, puzzles, or whatever creative idea the student could come up with.  On the cover each student drew a colorful illustration of their Native American group.  My picture shows a folder used for an animal report, but it is the same idea.  I hung up posters with each topic heading that the students had to have in their report with ideas on what to research.

This was a great way to practice using encyclopedias, the Internet, and researching in the library using books.  The students used T-outlines to take notes on each topic during their research.

To meet the standard:

  • report has 4 topics with 5 sentence paragraphs
  • each paragraph has a colorful illustration
  • table of contents coordinating with numbered pages
  • map illustrating where the group of Native Americans lived
  • colorful outside folder
  • neat handwriting

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food sheet


houses sheet


tools outline


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After reading, The Gift of the Sacred Dog by Paul Goble, the students divided a large piece of butcher paper into thirds.  In each third they summarized and drew pictures to tell the beginning, middle, and ending.  On the back the students self assessed their work and told what they think their grade should be and why.  There is also a movie that goes along with this book.


Supermarket of the Plains: If you teach about Native Americans, this poster is great.  I just traced a buffalo and all the other parts onto a piece of paper.  Then I transferred it to an overhead to enlarge it onto a poster.  The kids love to hear about all the different ways that the Plains Indians used parts of the buffalo.  Each student got his/her own small version to put in their folder.

Westward Expansion

March 22, 2012

View full image Daniel Boone by Marianne Johnston

syndetics-sc Lewis and Clark: a Prairie Dog for the President by Shirley-Raye Redmond (Step Into Reading, Level 3)

syndetics-lc Bewildered for Three Days by Andrew Glass

syndetics-sc The Lewis and Clark Expedition by Carol A. Johmann

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syndetics-sc Lewis and Clark: Explorers of the American West by Steven Kroll

syndetics-sc Westward, Ho! by Darren Sechrist (Graphic novel style book)

syndetics-sc What’s So Great About…? Lewis and Clark by Carol Smalley (for older kids)

syndetics-sc Lewis and Clark by Jason Glaser (older)

Cover Image My First Little House Books (these are picture books)

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syndetics-lc Pioneer Life for Children (video)

How to make a pioneer wagon: 1. Staple blue construction paper onto a shoe box.  Draw on wood lines.2.  Cut a white piece of construction paper to fit as the cover and then lightly glue on white tissue paper.  Allow to dry and then staple the cover into place.  3.  Cut out 4 inch cardboard wheels.  Attach with brads.  Draw on wagon wheel lines.  4.  Add a rolled up yarn rope to the side (not pictured).  Be careful to attach the wheels in the same spot and at the center of the wheel so that it rolls evenly.


A horse on a stick is very simple to make.  Save a wrapping paper tube for the body. Then take two pieces of brown paper and cut out like a horse head.  Staple the head around the tube so that the tube is inside of the head.  Staple on the horse mane too.  Add the yarn reins and your child is set to ride around on his very own horse.

USA and Presidents

March 22, 2012


Cover Image George Washington’s Birthday by Margaret McNamera

Cover ImageLooking at Lincoln