Social Studies Lesson Plans contains the following classroom lesson plans created to be used in Social Studies classes:
Lesson Plan: Country Study
Subject: Social Studies
Description: This lesson is part of a larger project-based unit. In short, the project is one in which student groups travel around the world and learn about each of the regions/countries visited. Points earned by the group completing assignments determine how far each group may go each round. Along the way, various incidents occur which will delay or speed up travel. The incidents are related to the location the students are currently studying. For this specific lesson plan, the students have just “arrived” in Canada. The assignments given are related to Canada, but can be modified to address any country. The assignments given in this lesson are designed to meet the interests of the multiple intelligences. Students will choose an activity which will require research and the development of a project. Each activity includes a technology component.
This lesson plan contains the following: Description, Materials/Hardware/Software, Activities/Procedures, Assessment/Evaluation, Country Study Worksheet, Country Study Plan Sheet, Country Study Cover Sheet and Rubric.
Lesson Plan: “Bear”ing Good News
Subject: Social Studies, Language Arts
Description: The students will explore and appreciate cultural diversity through an orchestrated plan of actions, lessons, preparations, and a culminating activity, which will be concluded with a buffet of ethnic foods from around the world. The theme, unity in diversity, will be integrated across the curriculum, with the willingness and participation of respective classes. The students will write to students from selected schools around the globe as coordinated by the English teacher. A class stuffed bear will “deliver” the letters; the bear will be mailed along with the pen pal letters, photos, etc. The recipients are expected to respond, thus, the bear returns with interesting facts, “friends”, and experiences, in the form of letters and photos, and answers to their query. They will do the same thing with the rest of the chosen countries from different continents. While the letters are in the mail, the students will utilize the Internet, literature books, songs, newspapers, native speakers in the area, magazines, etc., in searching for more data in order to validate information, connect learned concepts to personal experiences, and communicate with the world outside the classroom. Applying technology, students will collaborate in preparing for a multimedia presentation at the end of each semester. By the end of the school year, the bear must have “traveled” to several countries. The project culminates with a festival, spiced up with parade of costumes, extemporaneous speech contest, and ethnic recipes prepared by parents and staff.
This lesson plan contains the following: Description, Materials/Technology/Resources, Teacher Preparation, Student Preparation/Responsibilities, Activities/Procedures, Management Plan, Assessment/Evaluation, Individual Performance Rubric.