3 Ways You Can Fit in Social Studies

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I don’t know about you, but there never seems to be enough time in the school day and so I had to come up with 3 creative ways to fit in my social studies!

One time, I actually told my principal “Oh, I don’t teach Social Studies and Science”.


What I MEANT to say, was that I don’t have a traditional social studies and science “block of time” during my day.

When I did have a traditional social studies block, I NEVER had enough time for it.

It was always the thing that got pushed back or skipped completely.

I knew something had to change, so I got creative!!

Here are 3 ways you can fit in Social Studies lessons into your day WITHOUT a traditional social studies time:

1. Read Alouds

Read alouds are the perfect way to blend social studies topics and lessons with your (more important) comprehension lessons!

2. Videos

Brainpop Jr. is my favorite go-to place for great content in the form of less than 10 minute videos! They also have a great “take a quiz” component! If you don’t have access to Brainpop Jr., there are also tons of great, FREE videos on youtube!

What makes this strategy efficient, is that in can be ANY time of day! • 5 extra minutes before lunch • “after recess cool down” • morning work/prep for dismissal

3. Writing Station

After I’ve read a story or watched a video, I love to have my students “apply” their learning through writing!! I like to keep it simple and consistent. I’ve created a year long bundle of Social Studies resources and every resource includes writing activities.


The reason I really love these activities for “consistency” is because the students know what to expect and I’m not wasting any time explaining or modeling how to complete them.

Also, adding them into my writing station saves me TIME! Not a day goes by that I don’t do guided reading stations so I know that the activity will not be skipped!

Want done-for-you, no prep Social Studies units? 

Check out my Year-Long, Standards Aligned Social Studies Bundle!

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Kristen Sullins

Kristen Sullins

I am a current Elementary Librarian and
Enrichment Teacher, mother of two, follower of Christ and Texas native. In my own classroom, I love to save time by finding unique ways to integrate writing, social studies and science into all parts of my day. I also love all things organization!