Unit Title: American Voyage!
Unit Summary: Students will explore the American continents and will “travel” among them, learning geographical facts while reading and writing about their experiences.
Subject Area: English Language Arts, Writing, Social Studies
Grade Level: 2nd Grade (Could be used up to 5th grade and as early as 1st)
Approximate Time Needed: 3 lessons (90 minutes for reading/ELA, 30 minutes for writing, and 45 minutes for social studies).
Common Core Standards Addressed:
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.2.1 Ask and answer such questions as who, what, where, when, why, and how to demonstrate understanding of key details in a text.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.2.3 Describe how characters in a story respond to major events and challenges.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.2.5 Describe the overall structure of a story, including describing how the beginning introduces the story and the ending concludes the action.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.2.7 Use information gained from the illustrations and words in a print or digital text to demonstrate understanding of its characters, setting, or plot.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RF.2.3 Know and apply grade-level phonics and word analysis skills in decoding words.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RF.2.4 Read with sufficient accuracy and fluency to support comprehension.
Next Generation Sunshine Standards Addressed:
2.W.3 Write narratives in which they recount a well-elaborated event or short sequence of events, include details to describe actions, thoughts, feelings, use temporal words to signal event order, and provide a sense of closure.
2.W.8 Recall information from experiences or gather information from provided sources to answer a question.
2. SL.1 Comprehension and collaboration: Participate in collaborative conversations with diverse partners about grade 2 topics and texts with peers and adults in small and larger groups.
SS.2.A.1.2 Utilize the media center, technology, or other informational sources to locate information that provides answers to questions about a historical topic.
SS.2.A.2.5 Identify reasons people came to the Unites States throughout history.
SS.2.A.2.7 Discuss why immigration continues today.
SS.2.G.1.2 Using maps and globes, locate the student’s hometown, Florida, North America, and locate the state capital and the national capital.
SS.2.G.1.3 Label on a map or globe the continents and oceans
SS.2.G.1.4 Use a map to locate the countries in North America (Canada, United States, Mexico, and the Caribbean Islands.
SS.2.E.1.3 Recognize that the Unites States trades with other nations to exchange goods and services.
LA.2.SL.2 Recount or describe key ideas or details from a text, read aloud, or other information presented orally or through other media.
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