I'm sure it was tough to move from kindergarten to third grade! What a huge difference in terms of the curriculum and the ability level of the students. I'm glad my resources have been helpful to you!
You asked how long I spend each day doing our social studies region tour. We do either social studies or science for the last hour of the day nearly everyday. Since I share my class with another teacher, I teach social studies for 1 hour everyday that I am teaching. I teach Monday, Tuesday, and every other Wednesday. That is equivalent to about 2.5 days per week for one hour.
You also asked which parts of the Social Studies Alive curriculum I use to enhance my region tour. I really just use the textbook and the CD since I create most of my own materials like the travel journals and the scrapbook souvenirs that students use to create their own scrapbook pages. The program does come with a student workbook, but I rarely use it. In fact, I do not even ask to have it ordered for my students. If I really like a certain page, I copy it for the students from my own copy of the workbook.
Good luck with your region tour! It's so much fun!
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