I have been teaching for 23 years. I have tried a lot of new things. Some worked. Some ended in disaster. I have finally gotten a system that I like and that works for me. The standards that I teach begin with First Americans and spans all the way through the Civil War.
August-- I teach procedures, review continents; archeology
ELA skills: pretest/ gather data
September-- Early Americans/Land Bridge Theory; 5 Native American Regions
My chapter book read aloud is Sees Behind Trees.
Major Writing for the month: opinion paper- should Mammoths be Cloned?
ELA skills: summarizing; central idea
My chapter book read aloud: Pedro's Journal and picture book:
Major writing: compare/contrast Pedro's Journal and Encounter
ELA: inference; theme; ( comparing /contrasting point of view).
My major chapter book: Sign of the Beaver
Major writing assignment: compare and contrast Jamestown and Plymouth
ELA skills: author's craft
December--- French and Indian War; begin events leading to the American Revolutions
Major Chapter book: George Washington's Socks
Major writing: Opinion/ Point of view writing-- patriot, French, Indian-- who owns the
Ohio river valley!
ELA skills: compare/contrast primary secondary sources
January: --- Events leading to the American Revolution; American Revolution
Major Chapter book: finish George Washingtons Socks/ Numbering all the Bones
Major writing assignment: American Revolution Hero
ELA skills: text features; inferencing
Major chapter Book: finish Numbering all the Bones
Major writing assignment: What does freedom mean to you?
ELA skills: Text structure
March: Westward Expansion
Chapter book: Facing West
Major Writing assignment: Oregon trail/point of view Journal entries project
ELA skill: summarizing; comparing contrasting texts
Chapter book: Will at the Battle of Gettysburg 1863 (this is a new one I am going to use this
Major Writing: Biography
ELA: review skills
May: Review; ABC social studies book
Major chapter book: Summer of the Monkeys ( nothing to do with Social studies. I just LOVE this book)
Major writing: My Over-the-top Plans for an Awesome Summer (I also review cursive writing this month)
ELA skills: group debates; DBQs and research
I have tons of picture books that I read throughout the year that also go along with the social studies, and in addition, I incorporate all kinds of journal writing and paragraph writing. Some units lend themselves better to the ELA standards than others-- and I plug the rest of them in where they "fit" the best in regard to the social studies.