Interactive NotebooksThis year, we decided as a team to utilize interactive notebooks for our science and social studies units. This decision was made made in an effort to be more cross curricular and to provide our first grade students with a more hands on approach to learning the content we were covering. Our first unit that we used our notebooks for was our communities unit in social studies. Before beginning this process, I was a little worried that this would be too much for firsties, but now that we are into our unit, we our loving our notebooks!
We started our year learning about community helpers. This is an extension off what students learned in kindergarten. I was hoping that the notebooks would provide a place for students compare community helpers, keep a word bank, and be hold our assessments and other activities that we did in social studies. I was so thrilled when I found the best resources to meet this goal!
Why make it cross curricular?
In my classroom, it is really important for me to make my science and social studies units cross curricular. I want to integrate them across the content of the day as much as possible because we get such a small amount of time to teach science and social studies. We spend at least 60 minutes a day (if not more) in our major core areas, but yet we only get 30 minutes for science and social studies. I value the content in these areas as much as I do the content in our core areas. I also think that the same "rules" about the amount of exposure students need to develop mastery also applies here too. I spend a lot of time looking for quality resources, books, and centers to leave out throughout the day, so that students can have repeated exposure to this content as well. I love that the interactive notebooks provide an hands on-way for students to capture their learning, and utilize many different skills when completing science and social studies tasks.
Reading about Community Helpers
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Researching about Community Helpers
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I love the Labor Day and Community Helpers activities because there are 9 of these fun foldable community helper information sheets. Everyday in social studies, we would read a book about a community helper, gather information on a class bubble map, and then glue in our matching foldable, and fill out or draw what we had learned about how they help, what they use, and what they can do. My students were able to color the picture of the community helper with the time left or the next day during morning work. This set also includes two matching activities that reinforces what each community helper does and the tools they use. I loved leaving this activity for a parent volunteer during reading groups.
Building Vocabulary and Collecting Words for Community Helpers
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I love how our interactive notebooks for Community helpers turned out. I feel like my students were using the vocabulary and ideas they were learning about throughout the day. I also feel like I have an amazing portfolio of work that shows off their research skills, their ability to collect and understand vocabulary, and their thoughts about the different members of our community! I am so thrilled that we found the amazing resources that we found to make this unit happen!