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Old 11-04-2011, 05:57 PM
 
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Is anyone using the grade 4 Many gifts text book for their SES this year? How can I make this unit interesting? I find the material can be overwhelming.

I also have 4 IEP students on a modified program. They have one expectation: to locate and name provinces and territories on a map. What can I have them do?


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Old 11-05-2011, 02:28 AM
 
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I have taught the Gr 4 Social Studies 3 years (in combination with Gr 5....now only Gr 5). I tried to use Many Gifts the first year and gave up! The interenet and the curriculum document coupled with Catholicity are your best friends!

Canada--I did mapping with all students. I have given them a blank map of Canada and had them use the internet OR a map of Canada with everything on it and complete their copy (with Capital cities and names of provinces and territories). I have also had the kids do a brochure or poster on each of the provs/terr by randomly pulling the name of one from a hat. Inevitably, you'll get 2 or 3 kids for each prov/territory and it's a great way to add research, literacy (brochure characteristics or poster features, reading non-fiction) and technology into your Social Studies program.

Medieval Times--We have done timelines (and tied it into the Crusades and Jesus' life and after His death and also Saints who were knights--St Francis wanted desperately to be one!--St Joan of Arc)

We also did a Plague reinactment and talked about how it would have been to lose family members.

Discussed the various jobs in Med. Times (why is the barber pole red and white for example).
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not sure where i found this
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Weight of Armor (Math tie in)
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I also brought in a scale and weighed our math text and then filled backpacks for the kids to wear on their back and front so that they were able to experience the weight...very fun
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Thanks for the reply. For my IEP kids I think I'll stick with them locating the various provinces & territories, labelling and colouring.

Many Gifts is very dense. I'll have to stick with my teaching partner this year, but definately worth looking into a change from this.


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Old 11-06-2011, 08:46 AM
 
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Just wondered if for practice the IEP students could use a computer program to place and find provinces and territories.

Sort've like freerice.com but just for Canada..not sure if something like that exists? It'd be good reinforcement and another way of practicing it.
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Based on their IEP, kids were allowed to use a model, so once they labelled the provinces, they could verify with a map.
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