Our Changing Times

Monday was canceled for me today - THANK YOU VETERANS.

But I forgot to tell my alarm. That didn't stop me from going back to sleep, though! :D

This month our social studies unit of study is Past and Present - Compare lives of long ago to our lives today. I like doing this unit in November because the whole pilgrim and Native Americans thing lends itself very well to these lessons.

I need to take some pictures of my bulletin boards to show you what my kids did. But until then, here are my sample pics...

As part of our study on changes in transportation... we made canoe kids (with a writing assignment) for our past bulletin board and a little car-shaped modern transportation book for our present bulletin board.
To compare homes and how the influx of technology have made things not only easier, but more entertaining we made a couple of different types of homes for our boards.
One of the most powerful displays, in my opinion is the changes in school tools. The kids made slates for the past and laptops for the present.
The unit is huge and includes all sorts of goodies to support this social studies standard. Although I like to teach this concept in November - it truly can be used at any time of the year.

I'll give the unit away via random draw to 3 (being it's been a 3 day weekend for me) of my followers who comment below!

Tomorrow my kiddos and I are heading out on a field trip to visit the "past" for a bit. They'll get to make ice cream, butter, tortillas, wash clothes by hand on a washboard and hang them to dry, find out what the word "chore" truly means and all I have to do is walk around to each group and take pictures ... it will be a fabulous day!

❤I LoVe your comments!❤


  1. Love the three day weekend too!!! :) This unit will be perfect for our past and present social studies unit!!!! It looks great! Thanks!!! Have fun tomorrow!!!!

  2. Yeah, the good old days weren't always so good! THis unit looks fantastic...hope I am one of the lucky ones!

    tokyoshoes (at) hotmail (dot) com

  3. Aren't 3-day weekends the best? I didn't dread Sunday coming and going, and truly felt like I got to unwind a bit. Maybe we should have 3-day weekends EVERY weekend?!

    Your new unit looks fabulous! I love the little canoe kids!

  4. This unit looks great! I love how it works so well with incorporating Native Americans and pilgrims.


  5. Your unit looks great! :) I had to work today, but we get Friday off... not sure why, but I'm not arguing!

    Cathy VerSteeg

  6. I wish 3 day weekends were the norm! This unit looks fantabulous, I wish I had a tenth of your talent:o)

  7. This looks like such a fun unit! I can't wait to use it!

  8. Your field trip sounds like a lot of fun. I love doing stuff like that!

    Grade ONEderful
    Ruby Slippers Blog Designs

  9. Your unit looks great! Would love to try it out.

  10. Wow Traci this unit looks incredible! It looks huge and thorough! :-)


  11. Washing on washboards?!? How fun!! Glad you got some hard-earned rest!!

    Second Grade Sparkle

  12. What a very cool unit and how fun to teach! Wish our social studies units were a bit more exciting like this. And what a fun field trip. Enjoy your day of leisure and the light week ahead!
    ~Christy & Tammy
    Fluttering Through First Grade

  13. This looks fun!


  14. I can't wait to get myself this organized! I can't wait to get this and dig in!


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