We, LaNesha Tabb and Naomi O’Brien, are SUPER excited that we decided to team up and work on these units together! Our January Unit is complete and ready to purchase now. We recently completed our February Unit and wanted show you guys what you have to look forward to with this resource.
It is our overall goal with these units to teach young students about different cultures, people, parts of the world, and about our country. For us, this is more about representation than anything else. Teaching “multicultural” lessons or reading “diverse books” isn’t going to be enough to truly give children an antiracist education. Of course, it won’t! But, for students (especially primary students) normalizing the study of BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) is a great place to start. For years, children have been exposed to Washington, Lincoln, Columbus, Bell, Earhart, etc… and that’s it! We have to disrupt that.
It is always a good idea to review the bigger ideas in social studies. Especially in February, where you are really getting back into it. We pull out these posters and remind students about each topic.