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OUR WORLD. First Grade Unit. Mollie Fitzpatrick, Stacie Ellerbrock and Brianna Miller. Table of Contents. Government Activities Websites Citizenship Rights and Responsibilities Activities Websites Social Studies Skills and Methods Activities Websites. History Activities Websites

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our world

OUR WORLD

First Grade Unit

Mollie Fitzpatrick, Stacie Ellerbrock

and Brianna Miller

table of contents
Table of Contents
  • Government
  • Activities
  • Websites
  • Citizenship Rights and Responsibilities
  • Activities
  • Websites
  • Social Studies Skills and Methods
  • Activities
  • Websites
  • History
  • Activities
  • Websites
  • People in Societies
  • Activities
  • Websites
  • Geography
  • Activities
  • Websites
  • Economics
  • Activities
  • Websites
government standard
Government Standard
  • Students use knowledge of the purposes, structures and processes of political systems at the local, state, national and international levels in order to understand that people create systems of government as structures of power and authority to provide order, maintain stability and promote the general welfare.

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government activities
Government Activities
  • Walk to Town Hall and discuss the town’s local government.
  • Read aloud a book about the White House
  • Have them research and create a class book about the government.
  • Have the children hold elections and create a mock government in the classroom.
  • Have a town official come in and speak with the class about their job.

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government websites
Government Websites
  • Be a President for a day
  • How does the government affect me?
  • Voting Booth Website
  • Ben’s guide to the U.S. government for kids
  • Branches of the U.S. government

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citizenship rights and responsibilities standard
Citizenship Rights and Responsibilities Standard
  • Students use knowledge of the rights and responsibilities of citizenship in order to examine and evaluate civic ideals and to participate in community life and the American democratic system.

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citizenship rights and responsibilities activities
Citizenship Rights and Responsibilities Activities
  • Each week in class, the teacher will have a trait that is the focus of that week, such as trustworthiness, and the students will demonstrate that trait through out the week.
  • Teacher will read books that talk about fairness, self control, respect, etc.
  • Students will role play how to show good sportsmanship and fairness.
  • Students will make a poster for the classroom that shows personal responsibility, “I will always play fair and not cheat.”
  • Students will think of positive comments they can say to each other for different situations, such as praising their peers, letting their peers know if they are not happy but still being respectful, comments that will encourage each other. The teacher will make a list of these sayings and place them in the classroom.

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citizenship rights and responsibilities websites
Citizenship Rights and Responsibilities Websites
  • Kids Next-door
  • Honesty..What is it?
  • Clifford knows how to be a good friend!
  • About Face
  • Citizenship

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social studies skills and methods standard
Social Studies Skills and Methods Standard
  • Students collect, organize, evaluate and synthesize information from multiple sources in order to draw logical conclusions. Students communicate this information using appropriate social studies technology in oral, written or multimedia form and apply what they have learned to societal issues in simulated or real-world settings.

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social studies skills and methods activities
Social Studies Skills and Methods Activities
  • Teacher will read a story to the students and then they will put the events of the story in sequential order.
  • Students will be given facts and fiction statements on note cards, and then they will discuss which cards are facts and what makes them facts.
  • Students will identify main ideas from a movie that was presented in class.
  • Students will present an artifact that they brought from home (i.e. a picture of themselves, a baseball, a hat that they got on vacation). This way students are able to communicate information orally to their peers.
  • Students will demonstrate respect for their peers by staying on topic when presenting and by listening and focusing on the presenters.

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social studies skills and methods websites
Social Studies Skills and Methods Websites
  • Fact or fiction
  • News headlines for Kids
  • Arthur
  • Story Scrambler
  • You've got to be Kidding!

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history standard
History Standard
  • Students use materials drawn from the diversity of human experience to analyze and interpret significant events, patterns, and themes in the history of Ohio, the United States, and the world.

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history activities
History Activities
  • Students will create a timeline including important events from their life.
  • Read different books about American heroes and why we celebrate them, such as George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, and Martin Luther King Jr.
  • Have students, in a group, present a part of time such as early 1900’s, telling what families use to eat, what their houses we made of, what types of jobs they had, etc.
  • Have students “interview” their grandparents about what life was like when they were younger. (if no grandparents, they can interview someone they know who is older, such as another relative.
  • Take students to The National History Museum in Cincinnati, OH.

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history website
History Website
  • Ohio History Kids
  • Timeline
  • Kids History
  • History Detectives
  • History for Kids

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people in societies standard
People in Societies Standard
  • Students use knowledge of perspectives, practices and products of cultural, ethnic and social groups to analyze the impact of their commonality and diversity within local, national, regional and global settings.

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people in societies activities
People in Societies Activities
  • Have a multicultural day where parents bring in their favorite cultural foods, books, and activities.
  • Students will receive pen pals from another country to write to.
  • Read aloud a book about China to compare and contrast the Chinese and American culture.
  • Have the children discuss the diversity of their families as a class.
  • Have children discuss their family traditions as a class. Then make a class book celebrating their diversities.

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people in societies websites
People in Societies Websites
  • Arthur’s world neighborhood
  • Arthur’s communication adventure
  • Why frogs and snakes never play together
  • Teaching tolerance
  • Storytelling around the world

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geography standard
Geography Standard
  • Students use knowledge of geographic locations, patterns and processes to show the interrelationship between the physical environment and human activity, and to explain the interactions that occur in an increasingly interdependent world.

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geography activities
Geography Activities
  • Read aloud Me on the Map by Joan Sweeny.
  • Using a map grid, have the children design a map of an imaginary country including all the required symbols.
  • Read aloud Introducing Landforms and discuss as a class.
  • Talk about the different types of transportation that take place in the different parts of the country.
  • Read Flat Stanley to the children. Have the children make their own Flat Stanleys to mail to two relatives.

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geography websites
Geography Websites
  • United States Map
  • Map Practice
  • U.S. Map Race
  • Map Skills Handout
  • World Map

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economics standard
Economics Standard
  • Students use economic reasoning skills and knowledge of major economic concepts, issues and systems in order to make informed choices as producers, consumers, savers, investors, workers and citizens in an interdependent world.

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economics activities
Economics Activities
  • Students will set up a store and will run the store.
  • Students will sell popcorn around the school. They will have to do advertisement, getting the items to make the popcorn, and budget their expenses.
  • Take a field trip to a grocery store and then to a locally owned business.
  • Students will take a field trip to a bank and talk to the owner or manager.
  • Students will bid on a item in the class and then will discuss why they wanted it and what happens, and what supply and demand means.

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economics websites
Economics Websites
  • PBS for Teachers
  • Economic games
  • Kids Bank
  • Electric Money
  • Kroger

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