"...I do, I remember." I left the rest of that quote out because, as educators, we've all heard it about 50 million times. When kids do things, they learn things. If you don't believe it, just watch a toddler for about five minutes.
Learning by doing is an easy concept to apply to subjects like science with all their exploding experiments and cool dissections. But you cant really build a real pyramid or make a real mummy in class (although a co-worker of mine made one with a chicken once - it was really neat, but her room stunk for months). So, how can we apply the concept of learning by doing quickly and easily in Social Studies?
One way is with task cards. I have several different types of task card resources available, but I'd like to focus on vocabulary task cards this week. Specifically my Continents and Other Landforms Vocabulary Task Cards. These cards give student-friendly definitions and pictures of 13 different landforms and the seven continents (20 total!) that your students can move around to make deep connections between the words, their definitions and other terms in the set as they complete various card sort activities with them. I also have a FREE vocabulary games resource that works great with these or any of my vocabulary task card sets.
So, click on the links below for my Continents and Other Major Landforms Vocabulary Task Cards, FREE Vocabulary Games and some earlier posts about vocabulary task cards and other ways I integrate vocabulary instruction into my teaching. Also, be sure to visit and follow my store for other great Social Studies resources!
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