Content Area Instruction

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As an elementary school teacher, maybe you can’t wait to teach science and social studies–or maybe you just don’t have time.  Are you clueless about history or baffled by scientific processes? Or maybe your  problem is a lack of interest–how can you make these subjects compelling for students when you don’t like them yourself?  There’s good news: these limitations DON’T have to affect your students. In this section, you’ll learn how to  get students passionate about the content areas even when you have limited time, resources, or background information.

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American History Activities
Fun Social Studies Ideas
Simplifying Science
World History Activities


Recommended Resources

You can also check out my Delicious bookmarks and Diigo bookmarks. I save all my favorite education websites to Diigo (which automatically cross-posts to Delicious). Previously, I only shared my bookmarks with the teachers I coach when recommending resources for them, but realized this might be something useful for website visitors, too.

If you’re not familiar with how bookmarking sites work: you can search the bookmarks using the tags I’ve assigned for various subject areas and grade levels (1,2,3,4,5, 6-8, 9-12). All the tags are listed on the side of the page. So, for example, if you want to see only math resources for grade 5,  you would type math and 5 in the search box.

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Angela is a National Board Certified Teacher with 11 years of classroom experience and 7 years experience as an instructional coach. As founder of Due Season Press and Educational Services, she has created printable curriculum resources, 4 books, 3 online courses, the Truth for Teachers podcast, and The 40 Hour Teacher Workweek Club. Subscribe via email to get her best content sent to your inbox!

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1 Jenny July 15, 2010 at 1:22 am

Hi, I was hoping you could tell me a little more about how you set up your lesson plan binder. I saw a picture of it and I really would like to be a little more organized for this year. Thanks.


2 Angela Watson July 18, 2010 at 8:34 pm

Hi, Jenny! I describe this a bit more in my book. Basically, I keep a section for each type of paper that I reference frequently. You can see a close-up of the tabs here:

Hope that helps! :-)


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