Social Studies Updates

My panic meter has risen to an alarming all time high. πŸ™‚ I don’t feel as prepared as I would like to feel for this upcoming year with my social studies that I will be teaching for the first time. Which means I have got to GET WITH IT!!

This is what I did about it last night. Till 3am. (Of course, that was AFTER I got back from the movies!)

I researched (and I do mean R E S E A R C H E D) online until I made a decision on what read aloud novels I would use for 5th and 6th. I picked 2 concepts/themes that I want them to understand and connect with. This is what I came up with:

5th grade- American Revolution and Immigration

Woods Runner by Gary Paulsen

Woods Runner

Letters From Rifka by Karen Hesse

Letters from Rifka

6th Grade-Holocaust and Civil Rights

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas

The Watsons Go To Birmingham by Christopher Paul Curtis

The Watsons Go to Birmingham--1963

Whew! That’s done! πŸ™‚

Here are some links that I will be using all year.

Alabama Course of Study Standards for Social Studies

5th Grade Social Studies Pacing Guide (Courtesy of Morgan County)

6th Grade Social Studies Pacing Guide (Courtesy of Morgan County)

Alabama High School Graduation Exam Standards

I also made a list of the BIG IDEAS or CONCEPTS that we will cover and wrote them on chart paper and taped to the wall in my little office at my house. I have several columns to check off as I figure out the following:

1. Reading over the material

2.Β Resources to add to my livebinders page (REALLY loving livebinders!!)

3. Coming up with some kind of introduction presentation/hook

4. Attempting to write out a plan πŸ™‚

I will summarize this post by saying once again-

My panic meter has risen to an alarming all time high. πŸ™‚ I don’t feel as prepared as I would like to feel for this upcoming year with my social studies that I will be teaching for the first time. Which means I have got toΒ GET WITH IT!!

That’s it. πŸ™‚

Busyness, Craziness, and Changes

Busy, busy, busy!! We have started cleaning out the room, taking up textbooks, doing inventory, packing up, etc. Boy oh boy!!! My room is FILTHY!! Anybody else have this problem? πŸ™‚

At 9am I took my 6th graders to watch Kindergarten graduation. It was so sweet. They had made this huge world with their handprints. So pretty.

We are having a little informal field day tomorrow for our 6th graders-can’t wait!! πŸ™‚

We are having a baby shower tomorrow after school for 2 of our teachers.

A specially called school board meeting has been scheduled for tomorrow at 5pm-I guess I need to go since I have missed the past few

ones.

1-6 grades will have their incentive party Thursday afternoon-get ready for some fun in the sun!

Thursday evening is our teacher appreciation dinner at one of my former kindergarten student’s homes. Love them and can’t wait!

Friday is the last day of school. For the students. Woohoo!!!

My daughter graduates Saturday morning!!!!! Tears!!

We have in-service next Tuesday and Wednesday.

And last but not least:

I will NOT be teaching science next year as I thought. I will be teaching 5th and 6th grade history!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! That was my first choice anyway, but another teacher had wanted to teach it and now she will be teaching elementary P.E. so I get history!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ Can you tell how excited I am????????????? Call me a freak (my teaching partner already has!), but I can’t wait to get out of school so I can…..plan for school!!!! πŸ™‚

Oh, I said that was the last bit of info, but here is some more. I will be the new track coach for next year!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! πŸ™‚ We have only had track at our K-12 school for 2 years with about 6 members. I think I am actually going to have quite a few next year. I’m hoping to have a quick meeting tomorrow with them to find out how many are interested and what events they are interested in.

WOW!! Lots of stuff going on right now and so happy about all of it! πŸ™‚

This is the mantra that I will be repeating to myself over the next week-