The book, Who was Annie Oakley?, by Stephanie Spinner will be needed for the first two weeks of this unit, and the book, All the Way to America: The Story of a Big Italian Family and a Little Shovel, by Dan Yaccarino is needed for the day 5 lesson plan.
This is a three week, social studies unit for lower elementary level gifted and general education students, aimed at teaching past and present through studying the life of Annie Oakley.
This unit study is aimed at teaching lower elementary, general education classrooms, which contain gifted students. These lessons are designed to benefit all students in a general education classroom while improving the education of gifted students who do not have the opportunity for other gifted education in their schools.
This unit study includes 10 social studies lesson plans that are 45 – 60 minutes in length, activity materials, homework, teacher resources that are needed for lessons, and explanation of the unit, and project ideas for end of unit projects. It also includes math, language, science, and Bible activity ideas for making connections between subject areas. There are games, hands-on activities, and group learning projects. End of unit projects make up the third week of this unit. Ideas for these projects are listed; however the materials are not included, as each student in the class will work on their own, creative projects of their choice.
As the lessons are designed to be beneficial to all students in a general education classroom, ways in which each lesson caters to gifted students or specific ideas to further differentiation are also included in each lesson. Each lesson also notes how learning styles are taken into consideration, and rubrics are included at the end of each lesson as well.
These lesson plans span a few grade levels. If teaching kindergarten, there are some lessons that may require more help for the students than if you are teaching a higher grade. Also, if teaching kindergarten, you may wish to teach this unit in the spring when students are more proficient in writing. If you are teaching 1st grade, you may wish to ask the kindergarten classes if there are any gifted students that would like to join your class each day for this unit.
The plan for this unit is to last three weeks; however, if you begin the end of unit projects during the second week of lessons, you could shorten the unit to two weeks. If your school does not allow for 45 – 60 minutes of social studies lessons a day, then the unit will be longer.
This unit study was created with gifted students in mind, although providing beneficial education to the general education students in your classroom as well. In order to accomplish this goal, each social studies lesson provides the opportunity for all students to practice thinking skills.