Tuesday, April 19, 2016

FREE SCIENCE LESSON - “Seasons for Social Studies!”

by Debbie Bryant
1st - 4th Grade

Social Studies work teaches about our daily life. Seasons and climate are a big part of that!

In our work on Social Studies we look at how all the strands affect our daily lives. Geography/climate, economics, government, cultural traditions and even history all shape decisions we make in daily life – even as young students. These pages were taken from my All Year Social Studies TownBuilder product for grades 2-3 which is a comprehensive year-long study of all these strands. 

Seasons affect many parts of daily life.

Climate, weather and the change of the seasons affect much of what we do each day. Many people choose where to live based on the climate. Weather can be both a helpful and destructive force for people and their property. The change of seasons allows for many different types of work, food, celebrations and recreation. Plants and animals also change their ways with the seasons. 

These four Student Journal pages – Fall, Winter, Spring and Summer were included to show the effects of weather changes on how we live. They also integrate many science concepts of weather and plant and animal life cycles. 

Thanks to a great suggestion by a tpt friend I have added an "Autumn" page to this freebie. It is identical to the Fall page, with Autumn as the heading so you may choose which heading you prefer.

-Make connections between your life and the seasons, and between the seasons themselves.
-Describe relationships between the seasons and your activities, clothing, food, work, traditions...
Describe relationships between the seasons and plant and animal life cycles.

I ask the students to draw their house, themselves and at least one plant and animal as they would be living in each season. Their house may be covered with snow, or sporting a fall wreath or some holiday decorations. The student may be raking leaves, shoveling snow or playing in a backyard swimming pool. Plants may be dormant, blooming or producing fruits. Animals may be migrating away or nesting. The students will have their own ideas and there are more ideas for each season on the next page.

The last page is a writing format for the students to explain what they drew for each season. Question prompts are included.
Created by Debbie Bryant

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