Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Prepping with Power Points

This week the challenge for the TPT Sellers Challenge was to create a brand new product.  I decided to create a new power point presentation to add to my series of Social Studies power points.  This particular little gem contains information on needs and wants, goods and services, and community helpers.
I don't know about you guys, but we have very little in the way of social studies resources where I teach. SUPER frustrating! 
For the most part, we do our best to integrate SS into our language arts time.  I decided to make some presentations that would introduce these concepts to my students in an engaging and interactive way.  My kiddos really enjoy these power points, mainly because there are lots of opportunities for "turn and talk" sessions, and they looooove to talk, amiright??

I generally will follow up the power point with a quick anchor chart of some sort.  I found this one on Pinterest last year (no picture credit, so if you know who made it, let me know!) and recreated it with my kiddos.  

The next day we may read a book on the same topic and make an entry in our social studies/science journals.  I also do my best to find guided reading books on the topic that we can read in reading groups.  As always, we have tons of discussion time to make sure everyone is understanding.

If you have the same "lack of resources" issue and you need some help, check out the power points in my TPT store.  I already created slideshows on:
~Rules (and why we need them)
~Past, Present, Future
~People at Work
~Families Change and Grow
~President's Day (Abe Lincoln and George Washington)
I plan on adding more in the future, and possibly putting them into a discounted bundle.

What about you?  How do you fit social studies into your day?


  1. Hi Nicole! Sadly, social studies and science are often those "forgotten" subjects. I try my best to incorporate them to language arts, too. Lots of room to use vocab. and nonfiction readings. :)

    Miss Woodward's Class

  2. Hey Nicole! I recently went to a conference where we talked a lot about how to make Social Studies engaging even though our schedules often lack much time to dedicate solely to our SS Standards. Your PowerPoints look like a great way to use real pictures to create connections! Some other ideas they focused on at the conference were drama and reader's theater....might be fun to have students re-create what they see in the powerpoint through little skits or plays!

    Stomping Through First

    1. That sounds like fun! Our school got the reader's theater set from Really Good Stuff a few years ago, and they have been great for this.

  3. Loving the look of your new product for the seller challenge!

    Teaching Autism

  4. Hi Nicole,
    I love using powerpoint files for science. This past year I figured out how to make "Jeopardy" type games using powerpoint and my kids loved it!!