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Trioramas for Social Studies and Science

I love teaching science and social studies!  My two favorite subjects.   I think it is an interesting and fun subject!   I do hear from many of my pre-service teachers that they previously believed that social studies was usually boring and dry.   It is my great pleasure to show them that there are many ways to engage students in the learning process.
The key to engaging students in a content heavy subject like social studies is to have different ways to provide input and different ways to provide output.

Today I am going to talk about one strategy for output.   I call this a triarama.   The triarama is named not for having three sections, but for the basic building block being a triangle.  The triarama can be used to convey any topic in social studies or science.  It makes a nice little min report.  I like to put students into groups of four and have them each do a section.  Example: The Four Seasons with each student providing information on one of the seasons.

I start with a square.   Then I cut the square from one corner to the center.   Fold as in the photo.   This is one of four sections of the triarama.

Have students decorate and add words or phrases to convey their understanding.  The four sections are then put together.   Students can give an oral presentation about their understanding.

These examples are on the topic of events leading up to The American Revolution.



Enjoy the triarama.  Students love them!

Graphic organizers for science and social studies

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I am so impressed with this unit which manages to be distance learning and hands-on at the same time.  Really well thought out and engaging activities that allow students to practice each of the eight Science and Engineering Practices.  Really no prep for me!

 
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2016-05-03T18:05:39-06:00

Tina S

I am so impressed with this unit which manages to be distance learning and hands-on at the same time.  Really well thought out and engaging activities that allow students to practice each of the eight Science and Engineering Practices.  Really no prep for me!   Science and Engineering Practices Distance Education Unit
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Teaching Science with Lynda R. Williams
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2016-05-03T18:07:52-06:00

Richard S

The elephant article was excellent but I also thought the lab on dissecting a flower was broken down so easily, even telling me where to get inexpensive flowers!  This resource helped me teach this challenging standard in an engaging way.  Worth every penny!   Structure and Function NGSS 4-LS1-1 and 4-LS1-2
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2016-05-03T18:24:44-06:00

Sharon M

As always, Lynda provides perfect alignment with the standards.   Age of the Earth and Geologic Time Scale NGSS MS ESS1-4
Thank you so much for creating this resource! It is such a fun and engaging activity for my students, especially during distance learning.

 
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2020-11-03T20:44:55-07:00

Expedition Fourth

Thank you so much for creating this resource! It is such a fun and engaging activity for my students, especially during distance learning.   Honey Bee Digital Escape Distance Learning
My students loved this unit. I was able to present different elements of it throughout the month. It is hard to find interesting non-fictional, age-appropriate text for my students that they will enjoy. This was a great unit that aligned well for my students who have very different goals within the same group.

 
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2020-11-03T20:45:49-07:00

Heidi J

My students loved this unit. I was able to present different elements of it throughout the month. It is hard to find interesting non-fictional, age-appropriate text for my students that they will enjoy. This was a great unit that aligned well for my students who have very different goals within the same group.   Compare and Contrast Two Texts on Reindeer
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