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What a Government Does (2nd Grade, Standards Aligned)

What a Government Does (2nd Grade, Standards Aligned)
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What a Government Does*:
This pack is lesson 1 of 2 of a Second Grade Government Unit. Each lesson can be purchased separately, OR:
• They can be purchased in the Second Grade Government Unit here:

• OR save even more money and buy the full-year Second Grade Social Studies Curriculum here:
Special Note: The New Social Studies standards are heavy on Inquiry-Based skills. The lesson is designed to put the learning in the hands of the students while the teacher is the facilitator. The task is editable in order to fit your students' needs.
The lesson is 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

This pack 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 (for the entire curriculum, not just this lesson)
2) Pacing Guide:
-it shows suggested yearly pacing (for the entire curriculum, not just this lesson)
3) Unit Overview:
-this is a document that gives a brief overview of all three units (for the entire curriculum, not just this lesson)
4) Essential Questions:
-overarching questions for the unit

Items for ALL Lessons:
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

Lesson Specific Content:
• What a Government Does:
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

If you are looking for resources for all second grade subjects, check out my Second Grade MEGA Bundle.
Total Pages
20 pages
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
2 Weeks
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