Social Studies Interactive Notebooks are a great tool to reinforce learning in any classroom. Give your students a forever resource this year by creating a student-led interactive notebook. I have incorporated a free template for grades K – 5 for you to have. You can purchase any of these notebooks by clicking on their product photograph.
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Social Studies Interactive Notebooks
Kindergarten Social Studies Interactive Notebooks
Teaching social studies to Kindergarteners is something I have always enjoyed. My kindergarteners are always so eager to learn about our country’s history, calendar time, national holidays, and so much more. Linking these important terms to the Georgia Social Studies Standards has really helped us conquer more content. Simultaneously, students are working to master sorting in their math centers in Kindergarten. Because of this, I combined both of those tasks in this free template on maps vs. globes. Students will color and cut a combination of maps and globes and be asked to sort the pieces under the coordinating flap. You can download the free template here.
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1st Grade Social Studies Interactive Notebooks
Even though I really enjoy teaching Kindergarten social studies, my heart has always belonged to 1st grade. I taught 1st grade for a year before moving to Kindergarten for the next year, and teaching historical figures is hands-down the most fun I’ve ever had in the classroom. As a matter of fact, some of my favorites are: Benjamin Franklin; Thomas Jefferson; Lewis and Clark; Harriet Tubman; Theodore Roosevelt; and George Washington Carver. All of these are available here in my 1st grade Social Studies Interactive Notebook. For your free template, I want to share with you John Henry and Paul Bunyan! You can print off this template here and then check out a great interactive notebook book to compliment your lesson here.
2nd Grade Social Studies Interactive Notebooks
Equally as important as 1st grade’s historical figures are more of my favorites whom we learn about in 2nd grade: Tomochichi; Mary Musgrove; Sequoyah; Jackie Robinson…the list could go on and on. Since in 2nd grade we are introducing some significant Native Americans to our students, I’ve decided that this template should be all about Native Americans around the United States. You can download that template here.
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3rd Grade Social Studies Interactive Notebooks
Truly, there is something magical about third grade social studies. Ever since I’ve uploaded this resource, it has been a fan favorite. Much like the first and second grade interactive notebook, one of the main topics is historical people, but as we all know, content becomes increasingly more difficult for our third graders. Teaching government in the past seemed like a chore, but these fun foldables help my students really master the content and enjoy it! Grab your free government template here.
4th Grade Social Studies Interactive Notebooks
Undoubtedly, learning about Native Americans as a child was such a vivid memory. Every year we would have a huge Native American celebration at my school and spend an entire week preparing for Native American Day. Because of this, creating fourth grade foldables for social studies was a breeze. The broad range of topics in 4th grade SS can be a bit tiring. Grab an easy way to teach about Native Americans, Colonization, Westward Expansion and more here. Begin your constitutional journey with this free template detailing the preamble.
If you’re wanting a larger, more detailed INB bundle for grades 3-5, you can check that out here.
5th Grade Social Studies Interactive Notebooks
Finally, we get to our 5th grade Social Studies Interactive Notebook. Luckily, this thing is jam-packed with valuable information and charts about some of our country’s most innovative inventors, WWI, all the way to the New Deal. Finish this notebook up with an an entire extra notebook about the Civil War. I just couldn’t get it all into one notebook! Grab a free template on the stock market crash here.
Civil War Social Studies Interactive Notebook
Last but not least, creating this historical notebook really helped me learn about our nation's history. I know it will help your students understand it as well. This interactive notebook is all about the Civil War’s big events from the starting conflicts, to the war’s turning point, and right through the end. Grab your template on Sherman’s March to the Sea here.
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