First Grade Social Studies Curriculum (Standards-Aligned)

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First Grade Social Studies Full-Year Curriculum Notes:

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Special Note: The New Social Studies standards are heavy on Inquiry-Based skills. The lessons in this curriculum are designed to put the learning in the hands of the students while the teacher is the facilitator.

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The units are designed using the Backward Design curriculum model.
• I started at the standards.
• I designed the assessments.
• I designed instruction that teaches what will be assessed. (It focuses on inquiry-based learning, the hallmark of the new social studies standards.)

The lesson plan format is based upon the 5Es. (Facilitation tips are included.)
• Engage
• Explore
• Explain
• Elaborate
• Evaluate

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This curriculum bundle contains:
1) Standards Alignment Page:
-it details what Social Studies standards, as well as what ELA Anchoring standards, Science Practices, and Math Practices are covered
2) Pacing Guide:
-it shows suggested yearly pacing
3) Unit Overview:
-this is a document that gives a brief overview of the two units
4) Essential Questions:
-overarching questions for each unit
5) Vocabulary Journal:
-this is a student document that is specific to each unit


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Items for ALL Units:
1) Student Talk Cards:
-questions stems to promote student discourse
2) Our Group Rubric:
-a rubric for students to fill out that helps them evaluate their own group work
3) Voice-o-Meter:
-a visual prompt that is great for helping students maintain the appropriate noise level
4) I Wonder Poster:
-could be used on a bulletin board to engage students in the new topic

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Unit Specific Content:

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Unit 1: My Community-Living and Learning Together

• Lesson 1: Creating and Using Maps
FYI-Lesson 1 contains the following lesson specific items.
o Suggested Teacher Reads: suggested books teacher can read to go along with the topic (Other similar books can be substituted if you don’t have the suggested ones.)

o Suggestions/Insight into Facilitation: each lesson gives suggested techniques on moving to a lesson format that is student-led and facilitated by the teacher (You will need to provide your students with the appropriate amount of scaffolding, if necessary.)

o Teacher Vocabulary Cards: for a word wall

o Possible Questions

o I Can Statement

o Lesson Tasks: each lesson has a task aligned to the standard(s) for the lesson

o Daily Graphic Organizer: it helps with the student inquiry process and handling of information gained from sources


• Lesson 2: People in Our Community and School
FYI-Lesson 2 contains the following lesson specific items.
o Suggested Teacher Reads: suggested books teacher can read to go along with the topic (Other similar books can be substituted if you don’t have the suggested ones.)

o Suggestions/Insight into Facilitation: each lesson gives suggested techniques on moving to a lesson format that is student-led and facilitated by the teacher (You will need to provide your students with the appropriate amount of scaffolding, if necessary.)

o Teacher Vocabulary Cards: for a word wall

o Possible Questions

o I Can Statement

o Lesson Tasks: each lesson has a task aligned to the standard(s) for the lesson

o Daily Graphic Organizer: it helps with the student inquiry process and handling of information gained from sources


• Lesson 3: Rules in Our Community and School
FYI-Lesson 3 contains the following lesson specific items.
o Suggested Teacher Reads: suggested books teacher can read to go along with the topic (Other similar books can be substituted if you don’t have the suggested ones.)

o Suggestions/Insight into Facilitation: each lesson gives suggested techniques on moving to a lesson format that is student-led and facilitated by the teacher (You will need to provide your students with the appropriate amount of scaffolding, if necessary.)

o Teacher Vocabulary Cards: for a word wall

o Possible Questions

o I Can Statement

o Lesson Tasks: each lesson has a task aligned to the standard(s) for the lesson

o Daily Graphic Organizer: it helps with the student inquiry process and handling of information gained from sources


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Unit 2: My Community-Working Together

• Lesson 1: My Choices
FYI-Lesson 1 contains a Smart Board slide and the following lesson specific items.
o Suggested Teacher Reads: suggested books teacher can read to go along with the topic (Other similar books can be substituted if you don’t have the suggested ones.)

o Suggestions/Insight into Facilitation: each lesson gives suggested techniques on moving to a lesson format that is student-led and facilitated by the teacher (You will need to provide your students with the appropriate amount of scaffolding, if necessary.)

o Teacher Vocabulary Cards: for a word wall

o Possible Questions

o I Can Statement

o Lesson Tasks: each lesson has a task aligned to the standard(s) for the lesson

o Daily Graphic Organizer: it helps with the student inquiry process and handling of information gained from sources


• Lesson 2: Knowledge and Skills
FYI-Lesson 2 contains the following lesson specific items.
o Suggested Teacher Reads: suggested books teacher can read to go along with the topic (Other similar books can be substituted if you don’t have the suggested ones.)

o Suggestions/Insight into Facilitation: each lesson gives suggested techniques on moving to a lesson format that is student-led and facilitated by the teacher (You will need to provide your students with the appropriate amount of scaffolding, if necessary.)

o Teacher Vocabulary Cards: for a word wall

o Possible Questions

o I Can Statement

o Lesson Tasks: each lesson has a task aligned to the standard(s) for the lesson

o Daily Graphic Organizer: it helps with the student inquiry process and handling of information gained from sources

Lesson 3: How Income Works
FYI-Lesson 1 contains a Smart Board slide and the following lesson specific items.
o Suggested Teacher Reads: suggested books teacher can read to go along with the topic (Other similar books can be substituted if you don’t have the suggested ones.)

o Suggestions/Insight into Facilitation: each lesson gives suggested techniques on moving to a lesson format that is student-led and facilitated by the teacher (You will need to provide your students with the appropriate amount of scaffolding, if necessary.)

o Teacher Vocabulary Cards: for a word wall

o Possible Questions

o I Can Statement

o Lesson Tasks: each lesson has a task aligned to the standard(s) for the lesson

o Daily Graphic Organizer: it helps with the student inquiry process and handling of information gained from sources




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Total Pages
51
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Teaching Duration
1 Semester

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First Grade Social Studies Curriculum (Standards-Aligned)