Prior to starting a Social Studies unit, I often look for titles on Big Universe that help to create a cross curricular connections. By assigning these titles to students prior to the start of the unit, they are able to activate their prior knowledge and become familiar with the vocabulary and concepts related to the unit. This type of Front Loading can be done independently or in small reading groups, and can be a great way to preview the content with your students. I have discovered that once the unit begins, the discussions are more meaningful and rich with details since the students have already had a chance to read information related to the topic. My students have access to these titles during Reader’s Workshop at school, but can also view them at home when completing their Reading Log.
The following titles can be assigned to your students for the various topics listed below:
United States Monuments/ Symbols
Past and Present
Assigning titles to your class is easy! Once you find the title that you would like to assign, simply click the words “Assign Book.” Then, you can choose to assign the title to the whole class, or only a select group of students. The book will then show up on the “Assigned” tab on each student's individual Big Universe Account.