The region tour is definitely a fun way to teach the regions! However, I'm not sure I would be able to do it with only 15 minutes of instruction time per day. I think it would feel so disconnected for the students because I would have to break up the tour stops and the tour stop activities into such short periods of time. I know that I would not be able to do many of the simulations and projects at the different tour stops if I had only 15 minutes allotted for social studies each day.
I am surprised your district expects you to effectively teach any social studies curriculum, let alone a regional tour, in 15 minutes a day. My only suggestion would be to look at your current schedule and see if there is anything you can do away with in your day to make some additional time for social studies instruction. I know that, as teachers, we could really use 2 more hours in the day to cover all that we need to teach! However, I do believe that teaching our students social studies is certainly an important part of the curriculum.
I know that I have probably not helped you out much in terms of providing you with a solution to your problem. My only hope is that you can somehow find a way to increase your 15 minutes so that your students can benefit from the awesome learning experiences that do come from the regional tour!
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