I LOVE teaching about California history because I grew up in Illinois, so when I started teaching 4th grade, I learned all kinds of new things about California that I didn’t know before! And no one knows how to teach CA history better than my good friend LeAnn! She has been teaching 4th grade for a while and has tons and tons of fabulous ideas on teaching social studies! Whenever I meet up with her I always leave with lots of great ideas that I can bring right to my classroom!
As part of our 4th grade California Social Studies curriculum, our students learn about the 4 regions of California. Of course when I talked with LeAnn about how she teaches this, she showed me the wonderful region foldables that she has her students make. Here is how they turned out in my classroom:
The kids have SO much fun making these! As we read about the regions in our social studies textbook, the students write down 6 interesting facts about the region and specific places that are in that region.
Then we do a directed draw that goes along with each region on the outside of the foldable.
The directed draws are so easy and my students always do such a great job on them! I love how surprised they always are with how good their drawings turn out!