Social Studies Lesson Plans contains the following classroom lesson plans created to be used in elementary Social Studies classes:
Lesson Plan: Family History
Subject: Social Studies/Language Arts
Description: Each student will meet with a grandparent (they may choose to “adopt” a grandparent if their own grandparent is unavailable). They will interview the grandparent with an audio or video recorder. After the interview, the student will choose one of the following projects:
*Write an essay about your grandparent.
*Compose a song about/for your grandparent.
*Write about a favorite memory you share with your grandparent.
*Write a story about an event in your grandparent’s life.
*Create a poem about your grandparent.
*Create a scrapbook or memory book pages of you and your grandparent.
This lesson plans includes: Description, Recommended books, Recommended Websites, Teacher Preparation, Activities/Procedures, Assessment/Evaluation, Follow-up Activities, Tips For Conducting An Interview, Sample Questions for Interviewing Your Grandparents, Student Self-Evaluation of Grandparent Day Project, Grandparents' Day Project Rubric.
Lesson Plan: Classroom Museum
Subject: Social Studies/Science
Description: Students will build and maintain a classroom museum as an ongoing project throughout the school year. They will borrow or receive donations of artifacts, create artistic renditions of artifacts, people, costumes, etc. which represent different aspects of various cultures, download pictures of them from the Internet, or scan pictures of them into the computer and print them out. They will research the artifacts and/or their representations using oral history interviews, Internet or other sources, write descriptions and label and classify them.
This lesson plan includes: Description, Materials, Teacher Preparation, Student Preparation, Activities/Procedures, Management Plan, Assessment/Evaluation, Follow-up Activities, Classroom Museum Collaborative Work Skills Rubric.