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Social Studies Strands: Community Helpers ED417-02 Andrea Priest Becky Harrison Table of Contents History People in Societies Geography Economics Government Citizenship Rights and Responsibilities Social Studies Skills and Methods Community Helpers Unit: Social Studies

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social studies strands community helpers
Social Studies Strands:Community Helpers

ED417-02

Andrea Priest

Becky Harrison

table of contents
Table of Contents
  • History
  • People in Societies
  • Geography
  • Economics
  • Government
  • Citizenship Rights and Responsibilities
  • Social Studies Skills and Methods
community helpers
Community Helpers
  • Unit: Social Studies
  • Grade Level: First Grade
  • Lesson: Community Helpers
history
History
  • Activities:
    • 1. Create a community helpers collage that compares the past to the present
    • 2. Using preprinted materials, students will create a time line of community helpers of the past and present
    • 3. Students will create a community helper for the future and include the tools that they will use
history5
History
  • Activities (cont.):
    • 4. Students will identify tools used by community helpers in the past, present, and future
    • 5. Guest speaker (firefighter or mail carrier) will compare and contrast various changes in their profession throughout history
history6
History
  • Web sites
    • http://www.usps.com/history/his2.htm
      • A complete history of the U.S. postal system
    • www.ponyexpress.org/history.htm
      • Complete history of Pony Express, including a bibliography, stations, and riders
    • www.cincyfiremuseum.com
      • Web site includes information about history, fire safety, special events, and a virtual tour
history7
History
  • Web sites
    • www.standardsmadeeasy.com/ActivityDetail.asp?ActivityID=11634
      • Web site allows children to put community helpers in their correct building
    • www.hud.gov/kids/job1.html
      • Interactive web site invites children to read a short job description and match it to the community helper
people in societies
People in Societies
  • Activities:
    • 1. Compare our community helpers to those of other cultures
    • 2. Identify the person who performs community helper duties in other countries (i.e. gender, class, race)
    • 3. Allow students to view various tools and uniforms from different countries
people in societies9
People in Societies
  • Activities (cont.):
    • 4. Discuss the availability of tools used by community helpers in other countries
    • 5. Students will choose their favorite community helper from a different country and draw the uniform and tools that are used
people in societies10
People in Societies
  • Web sites
    • www.ci.coe.uni.edu/uniquest/webquest/lewis109
      • Introduction to various community helpers
    • www.beenleigss/qld.edu.au/requested_sites/services/#PEOPLE%2QAT%2QAIRPORTS%20PROVIDE
      • Discusses various helpers within the community
people in societies11
People in Societies
  • Web sites
    • www.enchantedlearning.com/themes/communityhelpers.html
      • Resource for teachers which includes print outs and ideas
    • www.gms.lu/~chenutd/links.html
      • Interesting police links from Europe
    • www.militarymorons.com/gear/gear.4.html
      • Pictures of various police uniforms from Africa
geography
Geography
  • Activities:
    • 1. Students will draw a map of their community and include locations of community helper buildings (i.e. fire station, post office, police station)
    • 2. Identify various community helper symbols (i.e. flashing lights, red cross, etc.)
    • 3. Create a graphic organizer that tells what community helpers do within their community
geography13
Geography
  • Activities (cont.):
    • 4. Allow students to select a pen pal from a different country to correspond with
    • 5. As a class, conduct an interview of a person from a different country. Include questions about various community helpers in their country
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Geography
  • Web sites
    • www.lfelem.lfc.edu/resources/sstudies/kinder/communhelpers.html
      • A webquest about where community helpers work and how they help us
    • www.standardsmadeeasy.com/ActivityDetail.asp?ActivityID=11634
  • Students place the community helpers in the correct building
    • http://bensguide.gpo.gov/k-2/neighborhoood/
      • Webquest allows children to click on various buildings within the community to learn more about that particular helper
geography15
Geography
  • Web sites
    • www.standardsmadeeasy.com/ActivityDetail.asp?ActivityID=11652
      • Printable materials about where a letter goes after it is mailed
    • www.mapquest.com
      • Include detailed maps of various communities
economics
Economics
  • Activities:
    • 1. Discuss how community members have to pay for certain services (i.e. doctor visit, stamps, fire fighters)
    • 2. After creating a mock grocery store, give students a specified amount of money and have them determine what goods they can buy
    • 3. Discuss how the use of technology has effected the postal service (i.e. decrease in letters mailed due to e-mail)
economics17
Economics
  • Activities:
    • 4. Have a banker come into the class and discuss some of his/her job responsibilities
    • 5. Students will act out the money flow process (i.e. buying goods, selling goods)
economics18
Economics
  • Web sites
    • www.standardsmadeeasy.com/ActivityDetail.asp?ActivityID=11626
      • Printable materials discussing what basic economic processes occur around town
    • www.dentonisd.org/pecancreek/lattaya/economics.htm
      • Provides ideas about how children can earn money to purchase goods
    • www.pgcps.pg.k12.md.us/~sstudies/world/firstgrade.html
      • Various ideas regarding social studies curriculum
economics19
Economics
  • Web sites
    • http://hometown.aol.com/mellettk/Webpage/TeacherSites.html#ss
      • Great resource for teachers that includes social studies themes, songs, lessons, and links
    • www.teacher.scholastic.com/commclub/
      • Teacher resource site
government
Government
  • Activities:
    • 1. Students will vote for their favorite community helper
    • 2. Compare classroom rules to laws within the community
    • 3. Create a list of community helpers who provide safety
government21
Government
  • Activities (cont.):
    • 4. Identify public figures who make an impact on our immediate community (i.e. mayor, governor, president)
    • 5. Discuss what happens when citizens within the community break rules/laws
government22
Government
  • Web sites
    • http://hometown.aol.com/mellettk/Webpage/coresocialstudies.html
      • Link to social studies lessons
    • http://teacherlink.ed.usu.edu/tlresources/units/MonsonUnits/sheesp/index.htm
      • Community helpers resource for teachers
    • www.econedlink.org/lesson/index.cfm?lesson=EM197
      • Community helpers lesson plan
government23
Government
  • Web sites
    • http://cuip.net/~yolostev/lesson-template1.htm
      • Interactive community helper web quest
    • http://mail.plano88.kendall.k12.il.us/ph/community/webq.htm
      • First grade web quest about community helpers
citizenship rights and responsibilities
Citizenship Rights and Responsibilities
  • Activities:
    • 1. Create a graphic organizer which includes various community helpers. List the characteristics that make that helper a good citizen
    • 2. Using the graphic organizer from above, list the responsibilities of the community helpers
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Citizenship Rights and Responsibilities
  • Activities (cont.):
    • 3. Discuss why community helpers wear flags on their uniforms
    • 4. Invite a guest speaker to come into the class to speak about their rights and responsibilities as a community helper
    • 5. Read the book, “Everyone Makes a Difference: A Story about Community” by Cindy Leaney and Peter Wilks
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Citizenship Rights and Responsibilities
  • Web sites
    • www.odedodea.edu/curriculum/1stGrade/social/htm
      • Great citizenship activities and lessons
    • www.oswego.org/sbartlet/citizenship/
      • Introduction, standards, essential questions, lessons, resources, assessment, reflections, and examples of citizenship
    • http://bensguide.gpo.gov/3-5/citizenship/rights.html
      • Ben’s guide to government for kids
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Citizenship Rights and Responsibilities
  • Web sites
    • www.standardsmadeeasy.com/TopicActivity.asp?grade=1&subject=CE&topic=CE10
      • 27 activities related to community helpers
    • http://www.state.sd.us/deca/DDN4Learning/ThemeUnits/Communities/standards.htm
      • Resources, links, lesson plans, and activities for social studies
social studies skills and methods
Social Studies Skills and Methods
  • Activities:
    • 1. Draw a picture of a family member at work. Tell how the family member is a helper to the community
    • 2. Group students together to present a community helper and discuss how they effect the community
    • 3. List various facts that the students have learned and decide how to organize the information
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Social Studies Skills and Methods
  • Activities (cont.):
    • 4. Have students use posters and charts from the classroom to collect information on a specific helper
    • 5. At the end of the unit, have students determine/discuss the main idea behind the title “community helper”
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Social Studies Skills and Methods
  • Web sites
    • http://members.tripod.com/~Patricia_F/ssmotor.html
      • Great ideas for hands-on activities
    • www.usask.ca/education/ideas/tplan/sslp/rural.htm
      • Lesson plan directed towards rural community helpers
    • www.thecoo.edu/~apeter/social_studies.htm
      • Various links related to social studies grades K-8
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Social Studies Skills and Methods
  • Web sites
    • http://expage.com/4commhelpers
      • Links to web sites and lesson plans focused on the theme of community helpers
    • www.google.com
      • Search engine for students to explore community helpers