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Daily Social Studies Activities for Upper Elementary

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Social studies is typically a subject that gets taught if there is extra time or 2-3 days in the week. And that's okay when you're strapped for time! 

But what if there was an easy way to incorporate social studies skills EVERY day of the week (for just 5-10 minutes a day)? 

 I want to share with you a few activities that you can implement with your 3rd, 4th, or 5th grade students in a short amount of time.

 

Does Social Studies Really Even Matter?

Social studies at the elementary level is typically broken down into 5 major domains: geography, history, culture/society, civics/government, and economics. 

Studies have shown that increased instructional time in social studies is associated with improved reading ability. Studies have also shown that the sequence of social studies instruction ensures students accumulate knowledge and develop skills over time. Effective social studies programs combine content and state aligned standards with academically rigorous tasks and assessments.

In other words, social studies does matter! It's important for students to be well-versed in their community's culture and rules, understand their country and state's history, and be aware of where they are in the world.

 

 

 

Finding the Time to Teach Social Studies

 

A roadblock many educators may experience is finding the time to teach social studies in the upper elementary classroom. It can be hard to find the time to teach important social studies skills when reading comprehension, writing composition, and math are heavily emphasized, and in many cases, are not tested at the state level until middle or high school.

However, social studies can be integrated seamlessly in a daily schedule in ways such as morning work or daily warmup, small groups, and for stations. It can also be directly taught and reviewed with students in a short span of time.

 

Smart and Simple Social Studies 

The Smart and Simple Social Studies Daily Review Bundle is for upper elementary teachers in Grades 3-5 who are looking for minimal-prep way to incorporate social studies instruction for students, with a special alignment to Texas Social Studies TEKS!

The bundle focuses on the 5 major social studies domains: geography, history, culture/society, civics/government, and economics.

Each topic spans throughout the course of a week:

  • 4 days of informative and student-friendly passages
  • a set of multiple-choice questions for each day
  • a cumulative weekly multiple-choice quiz

These daily review activities can be implemented in conjunction with state social studies curriculum and are designed to be used in any order. 

 

What does it include? 

 

1. Pacing Guides

A TEKS Unit Pacing Guide is included for 3rd, 4th and 5th grade. This best aligns with TEKS Social Studies standards (adopted 2018). However, any topic can be used in any order to best meet the needs of your students and state standards.

 

2. Weekly Topics

There are a variety of topics to choose from in each current and upcoming unit. Each topic consists of 4 daily informative and student-friendly passages with 3 multiple-choice questions for each day. Included for each topic is a cumulative multiple-choice quiz. A glossary of key vocabulary words are also included with each topic.

 

3. Daily Pacing

The daily social studies activities can be utilized as a warmup Monday-Thursday, with the cumulative quiz taken on Friday for a grade. These activities can also be used as morning work, small groups, homework, or stations. Any topics not utilized can be easily assigned as extra practice or review.

 

4. Answer Key

An answer key is included for the daily activities and quizzes for easy grading. This is perfect to help make the activities self-checking and easy for subs!

  

5. Digital Version

Each topic has a digital version – Google Slides for the daily activities and Google Forms for the weekly quiz. This is great for distance learning or to assign as make-up work for students.

 

 

 

 

Ready to give it a try?

 

Click here to try 1 free week of the Social Studies Daily Review! 

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