I teach 5th and 6th grade Lang Arts and SS (separately) and am having a very hard time with my 5th graders in SS. They are a difficult class to begin with...very lazy in all aspects, very talkative, hard to work with in cooperative groups, etc... I had started planning some really great lessons for Social Studies early on. We were going to the computer lab, doing interactive lessons on the internet, etc... They were getting nothing out of the lessons because they were not reading the information. So I have now resorted to using the text book and reading it together in class because unless I hold their hand through each section, they will never take anything away from it (and still probably half of them don't). But I am struggling with it because I know they are bored, I know that many don't pay attention, and I just don't know how to present the material better. Any advice will help! The curriculum is U.S. History and we are currently working on Early Explorers and European settlement in the colonies.