Social studies is a subject that can tend to get overlooked in the early grades. Often we just focus on reading and math and run out of time for anything else, but it doesn’t have to be that way! Integrating social studies into other parts of your day can be an efficient and fun way to help fit it all in! Here are a few ideas to get you started!
- Learning about being a good citizen is all about being a helpful part of a community or country. Good citizens follow the rules, are respectful to people and things around them, are honest and responsible, and cooperate with others. These ideas are natural to teach in the classroom, as it helps things run smoothly when students have these characteristics. Anytime you are teaching class rules, helping kids learn to be responsible, and doing cooperative projects, you can talk about how these are characteristics of a good citizen. Boom! Social studies concept taught! 🙂
- Another way to incorporate social studies is by choosing to read aloud books that incorporate lessons. When teaching about being a good citizen, I love using books like “What if Everybody Did That?” by Ellen Javernick. It is a fun read, but it also helps us understand why it’s important that we follow the rules and are good citizens.
- Create a class anchor chart about being a good citizen. Display it so you can refer back to it throughout the year.
- Get involved in a community project such as collecting canned goods, or donating gently used clothes, toys, and books. Work together to clean up a park or plant trees. Make cards to send to the elderly or sick children in the hospital. Show your students how easy it is to make a difference!
For more fun activities to integrate social studies with reading comprehension and writing, you may like this resource.
It includes anchor texts, emergent readers, graphic organizers, a sorting activity, listening and reading comprehension, and writing response activities.
Check it out here!