My new school does not have a social studies curriculum. But the State of Hawaii has social studies standards. What’s a teacher to do, who is learning a new school, new curriculum, new standards, teaching a new grade level, did I mention mommy and wife? Embed in another subject, that’s what!
|One of my students looking at the parent questionnaire and writing the answers in his book.|
|Most kids turned that cute bunting graphic on the page into the sun!|
I made this title for kids to cut out and write their name.
|Look at his cute little mohawk. I had to include it in his silhouette!|
Another social studies standard is “investigate the history of families using level-appropriate primary sources.” The parent questionnaire counts as an interview and even though the history we are investigating is their life and not that of their entire family, I think that it works. And this has been a wonderful way for me to get to know my new students better. Each morning I’ve had parents come in and talk to me about it. Some had to explain some of the stories they wrote about. Some are dying to see the book their child is talking all about at home. We are going to share them tomorrow and I can’t wait to send them home. I know this project will be something many families keep forever in their child’s school scrapbooks.
How do you combine subjects and make sure you hit as many standards as possible? Have you found some fun units recently that help you get more bang for your buck? Do tell!