We have been using games and other activities to practice combinations of 10. We are now starting to use that knowledge as "helper facts." For example, you can figure out 8+7 by thinking: 8+2 =10. There's 5 left over. 10 +5 = 15.
We began our Social Studies voyage around the world by introducing maps and globes. After we read the books Me on the Map and Where Do I Live?, students did a map quest, using a world map to answer specific questions about the continents.
After I read aloud Library Mouse, in which a mouse writes tiny books, students were inspired to create tiny books of their own. We had a "free write" session, during which students were allowed to write whatever type of book they chose.