This unit was developed for my first grade intervention class. It can be modified to work in Kindergarten or second grade as needed. I always begin the lesson with the word wall vocabulary words. They each have a corresponding picture to aid in meaning recognition. I find that this helps them remember what the words mean and they refer back to the word wall frequently to use the picture cue. Four mini books are included that break the unit up into four areas:
• People Long Ago
• Schools Long Ago
• Communities Change
• Changes in Transportation
The mini books are assembled by folding in half with picture on the outside. Place in page order with fold facing out. Staple along opposite side of fold. There are a few activity sheets that go along with the theme:
• Time Line Work Sheet
o Students cut out pictures of Jim and paste them in correct order on the time line.
• Classify School Supplies Sheet
o Students cut out picture of School supplies and paste them in the correct box.
• How life was different writing
o Students look at a picture and tell how life was different.
• Life 100 years ago Work Sheet
o Students draw a picture of what they think life will be like 100 years from now and then write about it.
• Venn Diagram
o Students compare and contrast schools today and long ago.
• Transportation Sequencing
o Students cut out pictures of different types of transportation and paste it in order.
• Then and Now Work Sheet
o Student look at pictures of objects and write then and now.
• Cause and Effect Organizer
o Students fill in organizer showing the effects of a flood.
Included assessment can be given when unit is complete.
This unit is designed to take about eight 40 minute lessons with the assessment given on the 9th day. This can be modified depending on the level of your class. This will take me anywhere from 7-10 days depending on the day. I incorporate trade books from the public library as well as videos from Brain Pop and Discovery Education to enhance the concepts.
I developed this unit with the Common Core in mind. The importance of informational text and non-fiction reading is stressed within the Common Core through-out the grade levels. This presents material in a way that students do not seem threatened by, unlike a large text book. Also, writing is incorporated quite often as this is such an important and developing skill in first grade.