Geography: Global Connections Social Studies Unit – Landforms & Bodies of Water


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Are you looking for a more engaging way to teach geography, maps and globes, landforms, bodies of water, climate, and more?
Does your district have a social studies curriculum from the late 90s? Or none at all?
Do you have to integrate social studies units into your ELA block and never have the time to ensure that this happens in a way that does justice to both subjects?
Let ETTC make planning for social studies a breeze with comprehensive, done-for-you units. 
In Unit 5 in the series, the January Unit – Geography: Global Connections, you will find that we have included everything you need to teach engaging social studies lessons.
You’ll get an accurate portrayal of history while still being age-appropriate for students in grades K-3.
You’ll get an up-to-date look at social studies topics. Regardless of your teaching situation, you’ll get enough materials and content to use.
And you know you’ll get it all for an incredible price.
We went big with this one, because go big or go home, right? Especially with social studies. It’s SO important.
This unit can be used with any grade level K-3, in any schedule situation, including…
  • Social studies integrated into ELA
  • 15-20 minutes a few times a week
  • 30 minutes alternating weeks with science
  • 45+ minutes of dedicated social studies time daily
  • And more!
We’ve included digital resources, printables with options for independent student work, teaching slides, project-based learning, and so much more.
You can pull elements of this unit into your
  • Morning meeting
  • Morning work
  • Centers
  • Small group
  • Reading, writing, and/or social studies block!

Let us help you to create more knowledgeable, civic-minded, engaged citizens in your classroom that will be prepared to go out into the world and make it a better place!

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What’s Inside:

  • Teaching Slides – 12 Main Lessons
  • Essential Questions & Essential Understandings
  • Vocabulary
  • Daily Interactive Notebook Activities
  • Student Activity Book Work Pages
  • Read-Aloud and Video Recommendations
  • Lessons and Choice Board of Additional Activities that Include:
    • Craftivities
    • Conversation Starters 
    • Citizen Engagement Activities
    • Diverse Biography Mini Books – Paper and Digital (Google Slides™) Versions
    • Timelines
    • Group Activities
    • Kids Make a Difference Lessons in Each Unit
    • Graphic Organizers
    • Home Connection Projects
    • Family Letters for Each Unit
    • Checks for Understanding – Blooket, Paper/Pencil, and Exit Ticket Options
    • Nonfiction Text Features
    • Anchor Chart Pieces
  • Clickable Monthly Calendar of Special Days with Additional Daily Slides
  • Spiraling Social Studies Standard Strands Throughout the Year


January Lessons Cover:

  • Maps and Globes
  • Map Keys and Symbols
  • Using a Map
  • Continents
  • Oceans
  • Landforms
  • Bodies of Water
  • Me in the World
  • Climate
  • Changes to the Land
  • People Move
  • Kids Make a Difference: Kids Travel the World
Teachers like you said…
“I have bought tons of social studies bundles and haven’t found anything I loved until this came out.  I’ve bought all the bundles so far, and plan on buying every unit they release. If you need a social studies unit, don’t look any further and buy this!”
“Well thought out and comprehensive unit! Lots of pictures and vocabulary! The multimedia resources was a fantastic addition! Highly recommend!”
Important Information:
✔︎ Please preview all unit contents prior to teaching to ensure that the content aligns with your district’s expectations.
✔︎ ETTC will be putting out monthly units for the 2022-23 school year. Buy them early to save!
Topics include: 
✔︎ Teaching slides are available in Google Slides™ and PDF versions. Embedded links will take you to additional resources. Digital Biographies and the Clickable Calendar are also available in Google Slides™ format.
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