Where in the world are we from? Freebie!

Social Studies is not my favorite part of teaching second grade.  I attribute that to the lack of interesting content that is typically required in primary, especially in the beginning of the year.  "Communities", "Helpers", "Map Skills"... it's enough to make me barf!  I'd so rather dive into something really interesting like Ancient Civ or American History. 

There are a few "saving graces", however, and we're about to wrap up one of those units!  One of our Social Studies standards involves students comparing their life to the lives of older generations and tracing their family history.  We learn about immigration and Ellis Island, which means lots of great literature for read alouds (and that I love!)

We have students complete an interview and then they present about their family.  The information is used to create this map below! We take pictures of all the students and connect a string between their picture and the country their ancestor(s) is from.  It always looks great!  (The fabric map is from JoAnn's Fabric.)

Here's what the whole board looks like when it's finished!  The white papers are dialogue boxes where students share about how their family came to live in The United States.

I had the students pose like they were speaking, and then I arranged the dialogue box to look like it was coming out of their mouth.  So cute!


If you happen to be teaching a unit similar to this, here are some books I highly recommend:

If you'd like the components use for this interview map project, click the picture below! 

Have a great week everyone!! :)


  1. Thanks for sharing! :-) Following your blog :-)

  2. AWESOME resource!!!! Thank you! PS- social studies kinda makes me want to barf too...

  3. This is FANTASTIC!! I agree with you when you say 2nd grade S.S. isn't the greatest! I'm looking into doing this after Christmas! What a great idea!! Thanks for sharing!

  4. I am always looking for ways to make social studies more exciting to teach. Thank you for sharing this awesome resource! I can't wait to use it!
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