I’m having such a ridiculously hard time keeping things going in social studies, what with field trips, holidays, meetings, and kids being out of the classroom. Although we didn’t even really start using the book until about three or four weeks ago, we’re JUST starting with Native Americans this week.
I’m having my kids do a lot of cooperative group work together, reading with partners and pulling main ideas themselves. We’ve done Cornell notes and group posters/presentations, which they seemed to like but— as I said— moves too slowly. I really hate the idea of doing packets of work (even in groups) and also the idea of me standing in front of the class lecturing the whole time makes me cringe as well. I have a really big soft spot for social studies and I find it fascinating, but just wondering if anybody has ANY ideas for some really cool and interactive activities to go through social studies?