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    region study
    By ddd

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    I have been struggling with how to teach all the regions AND all the other topics covered on our yearly state test in Social Studies. This year, I've decided to try to do the regions in 5 groups. My 4th graders are in groups of 5 (my SS book studies 5 different regions) with each group becoming "experts" on their own region. They are responsible for reading their chapters, doing the lesson vocabulary, and answering the review questions. Once those are finished individually, the groups will work together to find ways to become our "teachers". They have many choices of additional activities to do such as posters, dioramas, overhead transparencies, board games, etc., that will help them teach the rest of the class the important topics about "their" region. I am in the middle of this right now, so I'm not sure how effective it will be. I can tell you that my kids are actually enjoying reading the Social Studies book! I hear wonderful discussions about the regions in their teams! The idea of "choice" is so important!

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