So here's the dilemma, after over a decade of teaching primary aged kids I have been moved to 5th grade. I have found that I enjoy working with the kids, so that isn't a problem, but I am having a lot of issues. First, I am on a team that is made up of individualists. They don't share their ideas, lesson plans, materials, etc. I am basically on my own. We don't even have grade level meetings. Second, the materials provided by my district or horrible. We have no textbooks, writing program, etc. I've got reading, writing, grammar, spelling and math under control for the most part...but I am really struggling with US History, Geography and science. We have no SS textbook. We're told to teach US History up to the Civil War and have been given a binder put together in 2001 that includes some of the most boring and incomplete lesson plans I've ever seen. We're given "Daily Geography" xeroxed workbooks that have the kids answer two Geoaphy questions a day. Surely that is not meant to cover the subject though. We have similar binders for our science units, but I feel more comfortable dealing with that. Third, I don't particularly enjoy US History or Geography. I do understand the importance of these subjects however. Fourth, when I mention this to other teachers in the school, I get "Don't worry social studies isn't on the standardized test anyway," which just serves to infuriate me. I have found the SS binder severely lacking in content and usefulness. There is no info on early explorers, Roanoke, etc. It spends a week on Jamestown, a week on Pilgrims, and then a week on New England, Middle and Southern colonies each. After that it jumps to the Revolutionary War. I have found myself needing to spend hours scouring the Internet each night just to come up with a decent plan for the next week. I need help. I would like to teach Geography more consistently, but I have no clue about the sequence to teach it. I can't find anything like that online. I'm not a huge fan of History, and have so far been basing my teaching on the ridiculous binder I have and I know I must be skipping over entire chunks of important information, events, people, etc. We are set to begin the week on Pilgrims next week. I'm already struggling learning a new curriculum, adjusting to a new age group, finding new favorite books for this age, coming up with decent writing and reading lessons, keeping up with grading, etc. With hard work I feel like I am being successful at those things. But even with hard work, I feel like a failure as a social studies teacher! Any online resources, resource book recommendations, a scope and sequence for 5th grade geography, etc. would be greatly appreciated!