I am a first year teacher (and the only third grade class in my school) and I am struggling with teaching social studies (and science for that matter!) content to my students. Last year their teacher really didn't teach them social studies or science and when they did do these, it was a quick activity, and they moved on! This is what my third graders expect this year! At this point in the year they should really be transitioning to the reading to learn point in their education but they are resisting this at every attempt! I am having such a hard time with my students actually learning anything from what they read but rather they just want me to spoon feed them everything. This is a very immature group and their teacher last year did not do them any favors in terms of holding them to a high standard. So, my question is how do you do social studies (and science too) so that it is hands-on but also incorporates content based education - either through lecture or reading? My mind is spinning from the resistance I am getting and am at witts end! Thank you so much for them help!