What is a community? What are some features of your local community? These questions and more are addressed in this huge 130+ paged packet. This packet is aligned with the Ontario Grade 1 Social Science curriculum. This packet addresses the following overall expectations:
- Describe some aspects of the interrelationship between people and the natural and built features of their community, with a focus on how the features of and services in the community meet people’s needs;
- Use the social studies inquiry process to investigate some aspects of the interrelationship between people and different natural and built features of their local community, with a focus on significant short- and long-term effects of this interrelationship;
- Describe significant aspects of their community, with reference to different areas, services, and natural and built features, demonstrating an understanding of some basic ways of describing location and measuring distance;
What is included in this packet?
This packet includes 22 full length lessons that are laid out with a lesson introduction, a core learning activity and a lesson consolidation piece. The lessons included in this packet are as follows:
Lesson 2.1 - What is a Community?
Lesson 2.2 - Natural or Built Features?
Lesson 2.3 - Natural vs. Built Community Features
Lesson 2.4 - Purposes of Features of the Community
Lesson 2.5 - Community Walk
Lesson 2.6 - Parts of a Community
Lesson 2.7 - Introducing Maps
Lesson 2.8 - Location Language
Lesson 2.9 - Locations on a Map
Lesson 2.10 - Symbols on a Map
Lesson 2.11 - Scales and Maps
Lesson 2.12 - Creating Maps (5 periods)
Lesson 2.13 - Services in the Community
Lesson 2.14 - Our Responsibilities
Lesson 2.15 - Community Helpers
Lesson 2.16 - Community Helpers
Lesson 2.17 - The Importance of Community Helpers
Lesson 2.18 - Researching Community Helpers (5 periods)
Lesson 2.19 - Features in the Community
Lesson 2.20 - Services in the Community
Lesson 2.21 - Natural Features
Lesson 2.22 - Creating a Plan
This packet includes 33 activities, 5 readings and 4 interactive activities. This packet also includes a set of discussion cards that students can use for partner discussions about the local community and community helpers.
What assessments are included in this packet?
In this packet, you will find 3 rubrics and 3 activities / assignments. The main focuses for tasks in this lesson are creating maps, designing a community and researching community helpers. Please note that there are a few answer keys provided in this packet, as many activities involve an open answer and it is up to you to determine whether students have appropriately demonstrated their knowledge.
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