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   Lesson Plans - Learner Level 1: Social Studies


  • A Day for Our Presidents (Authored by Sandi King.)

  • Subject(s): Social Studies (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: No school on Monday! It is a national holiday. Do students understand the meaning and history of our national holidays? Students are invited to listen to, view, and discuss Presidents' Day, the national holiday celebrated on the third Monday in February.

  • A Penny for Abe (Authored by Sandi King.)

  • Subject(s): Mathematics, Social Studies (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: What do you know about Abraham Lincoln? Learn about his life, presidency, monument, and tribute to him through stories and poems. Students will also learn the attributes of a penny.

  • A Trip to the Toy Store (Authored by Jennifer Slichter.)

  • Subject(s): Mathematics, Social Studies (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: This is the fifth lesson in the unit, Common Cents. This is a fun, entertaining lesson where students are given the opportunity to practice skills they have learned during the week about money and spend money saved on a toy of their choice.

  • A World of Cooperation and Exchange (Authored by Renee Flowers.)

  • Subject(s): Social Studies (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Description Using a student-made advertisement, students play an exchange game to reinforce the understanding that people in different places around the world depend on each other for the exchange of goods and services.

  • A-maizing Facts (Authored by Laurie Ayers.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Social Studies (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: This lesson is for Day 4 of the unit [Native Americans]. It focuses on using informational text to locate the Northeast Woodlands region and understanding how the climate, location, and physical surroundings of the region affected the way of life.

  • Abraham Lincoln (Authored by Ann Lyons.)

  • Subject(s): Social Studies (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Students listen to [Young Abraham Lincoln, Log-Cabin President] to learn the facts and accomplishments of Abraham Lincoln. The students will work cooperatively to decide whether the index card that contains the pre-written fact or accomplishment is correct or incorrect. The index cards were created in a Word Document file.

  • Altogether Now, The Five Senses (Authored by Cathy Burgess.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Popping popcorn is a fun way to summarize the end of the five senses unit. It is easy to involve all the senses.

  • Amazing Americans (Authored by Larissa Hardesty.)

  • Subject(s): Social Studies (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Who were the most Amazing Americans during the first 100 years of U.S. History? Discover the answer to that question in this research-based lesson. The students research an American with a partner(s) and present the information to the class.

  • Are We There Yet? (Authored by Sandi King.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: This is the review lesson for the unit, Going to Grandma’s. Using the Formative Assessment Checklist and all completed summative assessments, the teacher reinforces skills and concepts using the activities from this lesson.

  • Be An Expert (Authored by Laurie Ayers.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Social Studies (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: This lesson is for Days 5-7 of the unit [Native Americans]. Students will read informational texts to become “experts” on a Native American culture group. They will record notes and make a project to inform the class about their culture group.

  • Bird's Eye View (Authored by Linda Pentiuk.)

  • Subject(s): Social Studies (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Students become familiar with different types of maps by exploring books. Students create their own representation of a map.

  • Bodaciously Beautiful Butterflies Take Flight (Authored by Heather Watson.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Science, Social Studies (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: This lesson is for K-1 students. The students complete a study on butterflies using real caterpillars. Each student keeps a personal daily journal of observations and completes a timeline for their caterpillar/butterfly.

  • Celebrate You (Authored by Beverly Stanley.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Mathematics, Social Studies (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: This activity reinforces the uniqueness of each student on his/her birthday. The students learn through a pictorial graphing activity about the months of the year. Students write about their special birthday traditions.

  • Class Quilt (Authored by Joy Whithaus.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Social Studies, Visual Arts (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: This activity will promote acceptance of diversity within the classroom through the creation of a class quilt. Students will evaluate the final product to find commonalities with other students.

  • Community Helpers Wheel (Authored by Beth McArthur.)

  • Subject(s): Social Studies (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Using a hand-made spinner, students play a game to reinforce the understanding that some community helpers are producers of goods and some provide a service.

  • Create A Map! (Authored by Sherry McCullough.)

  • Subject(s): Mathematics, Social Studies (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Students are independently and actively involved in creating their own school campus maps and they also review two- and three- dimensional shapes.

  • Different Tribes, Different Times (Authored by Laurie Ayers.)

  • Subject(s): Social Studies (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: This lesson plan is for Day 10 of the unit [Native Americans]. Students will be actively involved in center activities utilizing informational texts to focus more in depth on Native American culture groups from different regions and times.

  • Eco the Gecko and the Story of Economics (Authored by Laurie Ayers.)

  • Subject(s): Social Studies (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Eco the Gecko, a puppet, leads students on a journey to discover basic concepts of economics.

  • Expert Review (Authored by Laurie Ayers.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Social Studies (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: This lesson is for Day 13 of the unit [Native Americans]. Students will review both social studies and language arts unit concepts.

  • Explore Three-Dimensional Shapes (Authored by Sherry McCullough.)

  • Subject(s): Mathematics, Social Studies (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Students are “Shapes” for the day, They are assigned to a shape group and will be exploring three-dimensional shapes. They are continuing to review map skills and two-dimensional shapes while being involved in fun and enriching activities.

  • Fair is Fair (Authored by Teri Grunden.)

  • Subject(s): Health, Social Studies, Theater (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Students learn more about the concept of -fairness- by being involved in two unfair activities, role-playing three scenarios, and filling in a web about fairness.

  • Franklin Roosevelt and the Dime (Authored by Sandi King.)

  • Subject(s): Mathematics, Social Studies (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: How many terms can a president serve? Franklin Delano Roosevelt served four terms. Learn about his life, presidency, monument, and tributes to him through stories and poems. Students will also learn the attributes of a dime.

  • From Peanuts to Peanut Butter (Authored by Erika Hall.)

  • Subject(s): Social Studies (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: This lesson is a creative way to introduce young learners to the accomplishments of scientist and inventor George Washington Carver. The students get to experience a variety of products created from peanuts.

  • Geo Jammin' By Design - Day 1, Lesson 1: Math in Motion (Authored by Katie Koehnemann.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Mathematics, Social Studies (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Swirling, rotating, changing, sliding. . . stimulate interest with shapes in motion to prepare students for entry into the world of geometric design. Analysis and synthesis questions are served as the appetizer before the diagnostic assessment is given.

  • Geo Jammin' By Design - Day 1, Lesson 6: Quilt Story (Authored by Katie Koehnemann.)

  • Subject(s): Mathematics, Social Studies (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Through literature, discussion, and response to critical thinking questions, students recognize the use of geometric components in quilts, and that quilts are an artistic form that reflect the cultural heritage of the people who design them.

  • Geo Jammin' By Design - Day 2, Lesson 10: Wanna Trade? (Authored by Katie Koehnemann.)

  • Subject(s): Social Studies (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Through critical thinking questions, students develop an understanding of the way trade helps meet the basic needs of people, ways people can conserve and replenish their resources, and that quilts are an art form that reflect our cultural heritage.

  • Geo Jammin' By Design - Day 2, Lesson 11: A Stitch in Time (Authored by Katie Koehnemann.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Mathematics, Social Studies (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Through reading personal size booklets, class discussion, and viewing of historical quilts, students are enlightened to the culturally artistic value of quilts, the importance of trade in meeting basic needs, and the conservation of natural resources.

  • Geo Jammin' By Design - Day 3, Lesson 12: Jammin (Authored by Katie Koehnemann.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Mathematics, Social Studies (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Utilizing learning aides, students are guided through a fast-paced review of vocabulary, language arts, geometry, and social studies concepts. Participation in choral reading, performance, and sharing of ideas are the means of concept clarification.

  • Geo Jammin' By Design - Day 3, Lesson 15: The Quiltmaker's Gift (Authored by Katie Koehnemann.)

  • Subject(s): Mathematics, Social Studies (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Using observation skills, students develop an eye for symmetry through literature. Class discussion is the arena whereby students hone in on the correct use of content language to enhance understanding and conceptualization of targeted concepts.

  • Geo Jammin' By Design - Day 3, Lesson 16: The ABC of Symmetry (Authored by Katie Koehnemann.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Mathematics, Social Studies (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Steps for an art project are used for guided reading. The activity develops a deeper understanding of how to read informational text, symmetry as it pertains to all elements of design, and art as part of history that reflects aspects of daily life.

  • Geo Jammin' By Design - Day 3, Lesson 17: Granny's Attic (Authored by Katie Koehnemann.)

  • Subject(s): Mathematics, Social Studies (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Take a computer trip through Granny’s attic to see what old quilts can be found. Examine original quilt designs as displayed on large screen monitor. Then use children’s literature and class discussion to develop the social studies connection.

  • Geo Jammin' By Design - Day 4, Lesson 22: Authentic Design (Authored by Katie Koehnemann.)

  • Subject(s): Mathematics, Social Studies (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Handmade quilts presented by the local Quilters Guild give students the opportunity to view, first-hand, a menagerie of quilt types, patterns, and themed designs. Students experience the actual size and complexity of handmade quilts and their designs.

  • Geo Jammin' By Design - Day 4, Lesson 23: Colors To Dye For (Authored by Katie Koehnemann.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Social Studies (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Experiencing samples and reading about colors in fabric deepen understandings that works of art reflect cultural heritage, that trade helps families meet their basic needs, and that people can use and conserve their natural resources.

  • Geo Jammin' By Design - Day 5, Lesson 28: The Mo-tea-if (Authored by Katie Koehnemann.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Mathematics, Social Studies (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Preparing a fabric swatch for appliquéing begins with reading informational text and directions for tea dying cloth. The task comes full circle as students are given a piece of fabric, and use tea leaves to dye it to the shade of their choosing.

  • Geo Jammin' By Design - Day 6, Lesson 30: Manipulative Mania (Authored by Katie Koehnemann.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Mathematics, Social Studies (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Explore and experiment with creating designs with specific components is one individual activity that students engage in. As students transfer designs and use a checklist to check for inclusiveness, each is summatively assessed on selected standards.

  • Geo Jammin' By Design - Day 6, Lesson 31: Ge-0h Boy, Oh Boy (Authored by Katie Koehnemann.)

  • Subject(s): Mathematics, Social Studies (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Through literature, students see an authentic use for stitching that goes beyond the coverlet and quilting as a feminine pastime. The concepts of quilting come full circle and students learn that it is useful for boys, as well as girls.

  • Geo Jammin' By Design - Day 6, Lesson 32: Applique-tion of Learning (Authored by Katie Koehnemann.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Mathematics, Social Studies (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Appreciation for quilts as an art form, trade item, and as a way to conserve resources is developed by students reading and applying how-to text to actually hand appliqué a motif design to background fabric using three different styles of stitches.

  • Geo Jammin' By Design - Day 7, Lesson 34: Flying Geese (Authored by Katie Koehnemann.)

  • Subject(s): Mathematics, Social Studies (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: The Flying Geese quilt pattern is used as a graphic organizer for classifying learned concepts. Using student-generated ideas, the teacher models use of the design for organizing knowledge and writing recorded ideas into paragraphs for a report.

  • Geo Jammin' By Design - Day 7, Lesson 36: DeSign Sampler (Authored by Katie Koehnemann.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Mathematics, Social Studies (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Using pictures of quilts, student groups follow presented criteria and utilize the role of each student to write quilt reports. This exercise affords students another opportunity to prepare for the summative assessment given the following day.

  • Geo Jammin' By Design - Day 7, Lesson 37: Summarizing for the Summative (Authored by Katie Koehnemann.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Mathematics, Social Studies (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Purposeful listening and discretionary ears are a must as peers listen to group reports and offer positive and corrective feedback with regards to content criteria. This summarizing activity prepares students for the summative assessment of like design.

  • Geo-Town (Authored by Kathy Peters.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Mathematics, Social Studies (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Students use a checklist to construct a Geo-Town map including a compass rose, a map key, and a paragraph about a walk around Geo-Town, using appropriate geometric and directional vocabulary to identify the two-dimensional figures encountered on the walk.

  • Give Me Five, Cents That Is (Authored by Jennifer Slichter.)

  • Subject(s): Mathematics, Social Studies (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Give Me Five is the third lesson in the unit, Common Cents. It is an interesting lesson on nickels. Students learn money concepts through entertaining games, teacher instruction, hands-on activities, role play and partner work.

  • Go Far in a Car (Authored by Sandi King.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Traveling in a car can take you near or far. Through this literature-based lesson, students learn about rhyming words, that different things move at different speeds, and vocabulary as they explore transportation.

  • Grandparents' Day Celebration (Authored by Melanie Henderson.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Social Studies (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Before Grandparents' Day Celebration, students make a family tree that dates back to their grandparents. They identify names, places, and particular customs and traditions of their family as well.

  • Happy Birthday Class (Authored by Cathy Burgess.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Mathematics, Social Studies (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Birthdays are important events in children’s lives. This lesson integrates graphing and the use of calendars with their special days.

  • Happy Birthday, Martin Luther King, Jr. (Authored by Cathy Burgess.)

  • Subject(s): Social Studies (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Students learn why we celebrate Martin Luther King Day by making a Friendship Circle and a Peace Tree for a multicultural bulletin board and by illustrating a timeline of Dr. Martin Luther King's life.

  • How Do You Get to School? (Authored by Sandi King.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: How do your students get to school? Through this literature-based lesson, students learn that different things move at different speeds as they explore basic modes of transportation.

  • How Does It Move? (Authored by Sandi King.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: How do objects move? Through this literature-based lesson, students review using illustrations and phonetic principles to understand words, that different things move at different speeds, and vocabulary as they explore how forms of transportation move.

  • Indian Picture Symbol Vests (Authored by Janet Turner.)

  • Subject(s): Social Studies (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: What were some of the picture symbols that Indians used? Students use Indian picture symbols to decorate a vest.

  • Indians of the Plains (Authored by Laurie Ayers.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Social Studies (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: This lesson is for Day 11 of the unit [Native Americans]. The students will learn about the physical surroundings and climate of the Plains region and how they affected the lives of the Plains Indians. Students work in centers to create related projects.

  • Jefferson on a Nickel (Authored by Sandi King.)

  • Subject(s): Mathematics, Social Studies (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Who wrote our Declaration of Independence? Our third president, Thomas Jefferson, was the main writer. Learn about his life, presidency, monument, and tributes to him through stories and poems. Students will also learn the attributes of a nickel.

  • Jobs, Jobs, Jobs (Authored by Sandi King.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Have you wondered how many workers are needed to move people and cargo? Through this literature-based lesson, students review rhyming words, that different things move at different speeds, and vocabulary as they explore transportation and transportation related jobs.

  • Law of the Land (Authored by Tara Dykes.)

  • Subject(s): Social Studies (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Students learn about the differences and similarities between the rules and responsibilities at home and at school. They effectively communicate ideas discussed in class, orally and in writing to display on a poster of class rules/responsibilities.

  • Learn The Shapes! (Authored by Sherry McCullough.)

  • Subject(s): Mathematics, Social Studies (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Students are introduced to two-dimensional shapes and explore their similarities and differences. They go on a “Shape Search” and create illustrations of shapes to share with their peers!

  • Let's Celebrate! (Authored by Ann Lyons.)

  • Subject(s): Social Studies (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Students listen to [Over and Over] to be introduced to holidays/celebrations that occur during the year. Students work cooperatively as a whole class to make a calendar of holidays using cards. On the following day, children add their birthdays to the calendar. As a final activity they create their own mini-calendars and illustrate three to five holidays on them.

  • Let's Get Cooking (Authored by Leslie Gortemoller.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Social Studies (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Get ready for your students to learn more about their classmates' cultures. Your students will share their cultures through food tastings and presentations.

  • Mapping My Way Around (Authored by Michaél Dunnivant.)

  • Subject(s): Social Studies (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Students use maps to determine where places are around school and how to get there.

  • Market Day Adventure (Authored by Laurie Ayers.)

  • Subject(s): Social Studies (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Students become immersed in the economic process by participating in this Market Day project. Students produce goods, market goods, and earn “money” to buy goods. They are engaged as both producer and consumer while exploring basic economic concepts.

  • Money Matters (Authored by Jennifer Slichter.)

  • Subject(s): Mathematics, Social Studies (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Money Matters is the fourth lesson in the unit, Common Cents. In this lesson, students practice adding, exchanging and comparing coins through games, hands-on activities and role-play.

  • My Family Tradition (Authored by Kay Halverson PhD.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Social Studies (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Students gain understanding of social patterns in families by learning about tradition and discovering different family traditions.

  • Needs of the Family (Authored by Renee Benefield.)

  • Subject(s): Social Studies (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Students gain an understanding and appreciation of needs that have to be met in order for a family to survive and flourish. They see that many things are just for their enjoyment.

  • Off to Work We Go (Authored by Renee Benefield.)

  • Subject(s): Social Studies (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Students role-play different jobs and decide if their jobs are to produce goods or provide services. At the conclusion of the lesson, students draw pictures and write about a job in each category.

  • Onward and Upward! (Authored by Deirdre Kaufman.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Social Studies (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: The students learn about various methods of travel and how they have changed over time.

  • Penny Pinchers (Authored by Jennifer Slichter.)

  • Subject(s): Mathematics, Social Studies (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: This is an entertaining kindergarten lesson on money. Students are introduced to the penny and a classroom "toy store."

  • Pilots, Drivers, and Captains (Authored by Sandi King.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Who makes the transportation go? Through this literature-based lesson, students review rhyming words, that different things move at different speeds, and vocabulary as they explore transportation and transportation related jobs.

  • Post Office Stamps (Authored by Michaél Dunnivant.)

  • Subject(s): Social Studies (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Each student creates a commemorative stamp to show how people communicated long ago, now, and in the future. Students plot their stamps on a timeline and explain when the communication depicted on the stamps was common and why.

  • Presidential Sweet (Authored by Deirdre Kaufman.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Social Studies (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Students learn about Presidents' Day, the individuals commemorated on this holiday, and their importance in history. They write a letter to a president stating things they have learned. (Nets for Students: 3.1)

  • Religions of the World (Authored by Shirley Godbold.)

  • Subject(s): Social Studies (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Students begin a study of the part that religion plays in culture, by discovering how many different religions there are in the world and where they are predominantly located. This will involve reading, as well as map work.

  • Rhythmic Travel Around The World (Authored by Tisa Craig.)

  • Subject(s): Music, Music, Social Studies (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Students accompany songs from various countries on rhythm sticks. The CD used in this plan is -Multicultural Rhythm Stick Fun- -Kimbo Educational. (see Weblink)

  • Rosa Parks Refused to Do What? (Authored by Eva Abrams.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Social Studies (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Rosa Parks Refused to Do What? enables students to learn about an African-American woman whose brave act led to the Montgomery bus boycott organized by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

  • Run! Run! You Can't Catch Me! (Authored by Patricia Mader.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Social Studies (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: After listening to the story, -The Gingerbread Boy,- students make a gingerbread cookie and decorate it. The cookies run away while being baked and students then have to find them by following clues that acquaint them with places around the school.

  • Sail, Sail, Sail Your Ship! (Authored by Cathy Burgess.)

  • Subject(s): Social Studies (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Students learn about the celebration of Columbus Day and the history behind it by creating a booklet.

  • Sammy Discovers Shapes at School (Authored by Sherry McCullough.)

  • Subject(s): Social Studies (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Introduce the students to maps, take them on a grand tour of the school campus, and then involve them in real world experiences using maps!

  • Sing a Song About the Continents (Authored by Jennifer Marshall.)

  • Subject(s): Social Studies (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Engage in a fun-filled song that entices children to learn the continents of the world.

  • Smells Like Christmas, Exploring the Nose (Authored by Cathy Burgess.)

  • Subject(s): Health, Language Arts, Science, Social Studies (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: In this lesson, students learn that the sense of smell helps us to enjoy life and learn about unsafe conditions. Students will smell Christmas by making gingerbread ornaments.

  • Something From Nothing (Authored by Carole Gooden.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Social Studies (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Students listen to the story [Joseph Had A Little Overcoat] to learn about people from another culture and how one item can be used to make other items. Students use scraps of fabric and other knickknacks to create something such as a picture or toy.

  • Symbols of Freedom (Authored by Franchesta Birgs.)

  • Subject(s): Social Studies (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: The purpose of this lesson is for students to display a knowledge of historical facts regarding the American Flag as they use creative writing skills.

  • Take a Plane or a Train (Authored by Sandi King.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Is there more to learn about transportation? Through this literature-based lesson, students review rhyming words, that different things move at different speeds, and vocabulary as they explore transportation.

  • The Important Thing (Authored by Cathy Burgess.)

  • Subject(s): Health, Language Arts, Social Studies (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Student-made time capsules end the All About Me unit by showcasing important things about individuals in class.

  • The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (Authored by Julia Unger.)

  • Subject(s): Social Studies (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: What made Martin Luther King Jr. an American hero? What events in his life contributed to his importance to our country? Students refine their knowledge of MLK’s life through the creation of classroom timelines and oral presentations.

  • The Matrix (Authored by Laurie Ayers.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Social Studies (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: This lesson is for Day 8 of the unit [Native Americans]. Students will read the class matrix and review by making comparisons of Native American culture groups from different regions and times to determine ways they were alike and different.

  • The Seminoles (Authored by Laurie Ayers.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Social Studies (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: This lesson is for Day 12 of the unit [Native Americans]. The students will work in centers to learn about the physical surroundings and climate of the Southeast Woodlands region and how they affected the lives of the Seminoles.

  • United States All the Way (Authored by Renee Benefield.)

  • Subject(s): Social Studies (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Students will love to learn about their country’s patriotic symbols and will have a book that will show their pride at the conclusion of the lesson.

  • Washington and the Quarter (Authored by Sandi King.)

  • Subject(s): Social Studies (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Why is George Washington called the Father of our Country? Learn about the life of this president, his monument, and tributes to him through stories and poems. Students also learn the attributes of a quarter.

  • What Difference Do Good and Bad Make? (Authored by Patricia Wahlberg.)

  • Subject(s): Social Studies (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: This lesson assists students with determining what are good and bad citizenship behaviors. It explores how these behaviors can and do affect society.

  • Where in the World am I Headed? (Authored by Michael Ryan.)

  • Subject(s): Social Studies (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: This lesson introduces the horizon, cardinal points and intermediate directions using magnetic compasses. Once mastered, students move to all eight compass point directions when prompted.

  • Where Is Japan? How Far Is That? (Authored by Sandi King.)

  • Subject(s): Mathematics, Social Studies (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Students use literature and hands-on activities with maps and globes to understand distances and tools used to measure distance.

  • Where Is Japan? How Are We Alike and Different? (Authored by Sandi King.)

  • Subject(s): Social Studies (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Students use literature, maps, and globes to understand how physical environments in various parts of the world are similar to and different from one's own, and that certain areas have common characteristics and can be called regions.

  • Where Is Japan? What Direction Is It? (Authored by Sandi King.)

  • Subject(s): Social Studies (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Students use literature and manipulatives to understand that maps and globes represent real places, the cardinal directions, and the hemispheres. Selected countries will be located on a map and globe. This lesson plan is for three days of instruction.

  • Where, Oh Where (Authored by Laurie Ayers.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Social Studies (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: This lesson is for Day 3 of the unit [Native Americans]. It focuses on using informational texts to locate different Native American culture group regions.

  • Who is George Washington Carver, Anyway? (Authored by Eva Abrams.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Social Studies (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: -Who is George Washington Carver, Anyway?- enables students to learn about an African-American scientist who made significant contributions in science since 1880.

  • Who Were the First Americans? (Authored by Laurie Ayers.)

  • Subject(s): Social Studies (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: This lesson is the beginning lesson of the unit [Native Americans]. Students will view an introductory PowerPoint presentation about Native Americans. They will then discuss the physical surroundings and climate of the region they live in.

  • Whodunit? (Authored by Kim Smith.)

  • Subject(s): Health, Language Arts, Social Studies (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: This lesson is a way to integrate conflict resolution using positive behavior. The student chooses a community member, shows how to resolve a conflict, and trades writing with a classmate.

  • Why Is She Smiling? (Authored by Cathy Burgess.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Social Studies (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: This lesson provides students with the understanding of the historical period of the Renaissance, and the great scientist and inventor Leonardo da Vinci, including his famous painting of the Mona Lisa.

  • Words of the World (Authored by Sandra Doughman.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Social Studies (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Students work collaboratively in learning and demonstrating their knowledge of words of the world.

  • You're a Grand Ol' Flag (Authored by Deirdre Kaufman.)

  • Subject(s): Social Studies (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Students learn about the American flag and its symbols, and create an original flag that represents what they see in their own lives. (NETS for Students: 1.1 and 1.2)

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