Monday, February 29, 2016

Fourth Grade Social Studies Vocabulary Word Wall Cards

With new curriculum, as well as new CCSS for social studies, come new opportunities for creativity. I wanted vocabulary word wall cards for important social studies terms, and I wanted them to have clear, kid-friendly definitions, pictures, and large type to be seen from a distance. You would think the new curriculum would come with this, but when it didn't I had to create my own. (The first part of this post has to do with materials to match the California curriculum. When I moved to Tennessee I created materials to match the Tennessee curriculum. Those materials can be found towards the end of this post.)

Obviously, I needed a set of cards which would have both the vocabulary from the new textbook, as well as the required vocabulary from the new CCSS. Of course, it did not exist yet, which is where the creativity comes into play. :) I got to play on my computer to create a new, comprehensive set.  The first set is Unit #1: The Land and Its People. This unit has a lot of geography terms, as well as some information about early Native Americans. Here's a sample page with three of the cards.

Sample Vocabulary Cards

This pin shows all the pages of the cards. There are 45 vocabulary cards in all!

The Land and Its People

You can find these vocabulary cards in my TpT shop here. I make more resources to go with the units as I have time, so click on the "Follow" button to be notified when I release new materials.

*Update: I've created six sets of these cards to cover the full year. If interested, you can find all six sets in my store, or bundled for savings here.
Social Studies Vocabulary Cards Bundle

When I moved to Tennessee I had to create a whole new set of cards to match the curriculum in my new state. While there is some crossover, many of the cards have different vocabulary. You can find my Tennessee social studies vocabulary cards here, by individual set, or bundled for savings.
Tennessee Social Studies Vocabulary Cards Bundle

I've done a lot of Internet research for the new curriculum. If you teach geography terms or early Native American history, you might want to check it out. Here's a screen shot from one of my Pinterest boards. I've already pinned lots of links to information on early American history to this board. You can only see a fraction of the links from this one screen shot. Click on the image to visit the board. You can also follow this board to receive notifications whenever I pin something new to it.

Thanks for reading my blog! Have a wonderful holiday weekend!

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