Science and Social Studies

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  1. mstnteacherlady

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    Hello all...and Happy Friday! :) I'm ready for the weekend!!!

    I am in the process of planning for next year...already. :) Due to state testing and time restraints, Science and Social Studies have become, as many of you know well, the subjects to "just stick in when you get the time." I am wondering how many of you teach Science and Social Studies. The reason I ask is because I am going back and forth between ideas about teaching them by alternating 4 week units (4 wks Sci, 4 wks SS), teaching them alternating days during the week and reviewing on Friday, or trying to get them in every day. How do you teach these two subjects, and (if they're not on your schedule) how do you fit them in?
     
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  3. GoldenPoppy

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    My students have a specialist for Science, but I alternate my History and Geography lessons so one week we have 2 of one and 3 of the other, then the next week is switched. It has worked well.
     
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    I alternate ss and sci units every year. I generally teach it 4 days a week because one day a week my kids have computers during that time. Everyone in my school does it this way :)
     
  5. mstnteacherlady

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    What is your rotation schedule like? Do you do a unit and then switch or spend a certain amount of time on each subject? Could you tell me more about what this looks like in your classroom? :)

    Thanks for the responses so far! :)
     
  6. snickydog

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    I wish there was more time in the school day to do the many things we need to do, including teach science and social studies! We do 4-5 week units and alternate those between science and social studies. For example, the first 4-5 weeks of the quarter are social studies (e.g. communities), the second 4-5 weeks are science (e.g. the body). It works pretty well. I end up teaching SS or science for about 30 minutes a day about 4 days a week.
     
  7. Missy99

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    Same here.
     
  8. Tasha

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    I teach our "theme" for about 45 minutes every day and our themes are pretty evenly spread between science and social studies but not necessarily alternating weeks. We look at the calendar and fill things in where they go first - holidays, seasons, seasonal activities, etc... and then fill the other weeks in with the stuff that can be taught anytime.
     
  9. frogger

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    I teach all the subjects everyday - here in NC and 5th grade Science is a tested subject.

    My schedule this year is:

    8:00-8:45 Morning work with Announcements, Spelling and Checking Morning work (spiral review of math/DLR) and checking math homework
    8:45-9:45 Math Block
    9:45-10:30 Science
    10:30-11:45 Read Aloud/Reading Block

    11:45-12:50 Lunch and Recess

    1:00-1:35 Writing
    1:35-2:10 Social Studies

    2:10-2:30 Pack Up and Dismissal
     
  10. shouldbeasleep

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    I get in about 40 minutes each Science and Social Studies. There are so many Social Studies standards that I have to teach it every day. I also pull it into reading and writing quite a bit.

    If I teach Science for 30-40 minutes each day, I finish the standards about a month and a half before testing. That gives me plenty of time to review. I also pull that into writing; for example, "write an informational essay on ....".

    I still didn't get all the Social Studies standards in before testing, but my Science scores rocked! I had fifteen score an "exceeds"! The two mildly mentally handicapped didn't meet, the autistic one met, and the other four met.

    Social Studies scores weren't as good, but decent. I don't know how they could be if there's not enough time to teach everything.
     
  11. loves2teach

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    I have done both... My favorite is a unit and a unit. I take a calendar and look at what I need to teach before our benchmark testing. I teach it for about 45 minutes daily. I have had to put more emphasis on it. By focusing on just one at a time, I am able to teach it daily.

    Both of my scores are good :)
     
  12. MJH

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    Integrate

    I try to integrate everything within my literacy block. Students work on their projects while I'm with my guided reading groups. My district is finally moving towards this since they are having a group of us take our new standards and create integrated units of study. This way you will only need to find time to do experiments for science outside the literacy block.

    My kids love this way because they get to research our topic and actually create something to show what they have learned.
     

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