- August/September – Responsibility & Character (Social Studies); Color (Science) – The beginning of the year is the best time to work on this social studies standard and color is something they are very familiar with and it calms their nerves to dig into something a little comfortable in the beginning.
- October – Habitats (Science) – Nope, not Halloween or Fall. We study an assortment of habitats throughout October. Halloween gets a few days if we’re lucky.
- November – Past vs. Present – All those images of pilgrims and Indians provide a nice backdrop to some deeper understanding of how our lives change over time.
- December – Culture, Customs and Traditions – There is no better time than the holidays to share and celebrate our differences and backgrounds.
- January – Our place in the World (social studies) & Arctic Habitat (science) works perfectly in January because studying that icy region forces us to look at the map. And that map forces us to take a look at where we are in the whole grand scheme of things.
- February – Patriotism & Citizenship – This standard is covered in one of the earlier chapters of our social studies book, but I think February is a perfect time to cover it.
- March – Plants (How they survive and their habitats) – With the influx of Spring, March is a perfect time for us to talk about plants and take a look at the structures of flowers that help it live in its environment.
- April – Weather & Seasons & Matter (science) – I like to tie matter in with weather and seasons because I think it pairs well with the water cycle which doesn’t actually show up in our standards, but it is really difficult to explain weather without an understanding of how things in our sky work.
- May – Ocean Habitat – This is the last of our studies on habitats and animal adaptations to their environment. It leads into summer perfectly, lends itself to a fun and dynamic open house that wraps up the end of our year, and it is my favorite.
- June – Economy – I’ll be honest – this one is NOT my favorite social studies standard. I put it off until the very end simply because I think it is a little easier for those kiddos to understand by then.
I hope this helped provide some clarity and answered some questions.
I’m very lucky to have a team with which to work. I don’t know what I’d do if we didn’t. If I could change anything, it would be that we be given time to work with the grade level above and below us even more.
Do you have that “all in” kind of camaraderie with your grade level? Do your teammates work with you or outside of you? Do you plan together? If you could change anything, what would it be?