Thursday, March 6, 2014

Thursday Throwdown: SS Notebooks-Explorers

Happy Thursday! (or, as I like to think about it this week-almost Friday!)

Time for:
This month, I'm sharing something that we are working on (me included!).

We are currently learning about Explorers for our Social Studies topic, an while the students are researching an individual explorer and creating a PowerPoint, I wanted something to give the kids an overview of the major explorers.

To TPT! I thought. I was sure I would find something there.

But...I didn't. :( (that's not to say that there wasn't very good resources there, just not what I was personally looking for)

So I thought about what I wanted to do.

I definitely wanted it to be able to fit into our Social Studies Notebooks.

I wanted a full overview-from Vikings to Lewis and Clark.

So I decided to create my own articles!

I rounded up all my resources.
Plus Enchanted Learning-they have a lot of great info (and the internet in general :)
And I went to work!

I also added maps (thanks, internet!) because I think it is important for the kids to see where they traveled to and from, as well as a foldable that the kids have to fill out, using information from the article. (The foldable changes slightly from article to article-mixing it up!)

 I'll be honest-I'm not done writing all of them yet-as writing them takes quite a bit of time.
 I only have 3 out of the 8 I have planned done-so I'm less than halfway there. But the kids really enjoy them, and they are a fairly quick lesson and check.

I think they give a nice overview-without delving too much into the subject!

Also linking up with:

Smiles and Sunshine,


  1. I love it! I so wish I taught social studies.. so many things to do with interactive notebooks in social studies! Thanks for linking up, friend. :) Erin
    P.S. I call it Friday Eve!

  2. I truly wish I had more time in my days to really dig into SS. It's almost impossible to fit it all in. I like that you are making something to suit the needs of your students.
    Rockin' and Lovin' Learnin'

  3. I am out for summer and am wanting to create an interactive notebook for ss to use next year. I teach explorers through the Reconstruction. Did you finish yours? If so, is it for sale on TpT? If not, any advice you can give in creating one?
    Are We There Yet?


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