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Title 1950s vs. Today
Topic of the Unit/Theme Writing/ELA/Social Studies
Teacher Rachel Weber
Grade 2nd
Grouping Whole; Individual
ENDURING UNDERSTANDING Comparing the past and the present shows
great innovation and invention.
Materials and TECHNOLOGY and preparation in advance ELMO projector, record
player, Elvis record
Reference/Sources Teachers Pay Teachers
OBJECTIVE: Students will be able to compare and contrast characteristics
from the past and present.
Matching NJCCCS Indicators
Main targeted Indicator SL.2.1 Participate in collaborative conversations
with diverse partners about grade 2 topics and texts with peers and
adults in small and larger groups.

Integrated Indicators L.2.3 Use language and knowledge of its

conventions when writing, speaking, reading, or listening; SL.2.
Recount or describe key ideas or details from a text read aloud or
information presented orally or through other media.


Which inventions still are used from the past?
a. (Televisions, Radios, Lincoln Logs, Cars, Foods, Clothes, etc.)
How can learning about the past help improve the future?
a. (Inventions can be improved upon, Things dont need to be
reinvented, We can learn from mistakes, etc.)
1. Pre-Assessment Review what was learned from other classes/lessons so
2. Post-Assessment Students write one sentence about 1950s and one
sentence about today on the back of their Juke Box craft.
3.Learning Experience

Introduction (Anticipatory Set) What are some of the things you have learned
about the 1950s so far? How are the 1950s different from today? We can
compare and contrast the 1950s and today by using a Venn Diagram; Who
knows what a Venn Diagram is and how to use it?
Input and Modeling: Specify teaching steps and questions/expected answers. Lets
look at the screen and see what some similarities and differences we find
between the 1950s and today. We all like to watch TV, but kids in the 1950s
watched TV on small screened TVs and without color. What kind of TVs do
we have now? Now lets see what else kids in the 1950s used and what we
use today.
Closure It is time to clean up. Please make sure you bring everything with
you it is time to go to the next classroom. You may line up now.
Student Practice 1: Specify teaching steps and questions/expected answers. Input
information appropriately into a Venn Diagram according to the slide show
presented to them.
Student Practice 2: Specify teaching steps and questions/expected answers.
Choose a piece of information from the 1950s section and from the today
section of the Venn Diagram to turn into a complete sentence.
1. Slow learners Individual one on one support as needed.
2. Advanced learners More time to dance to the music playing in the back
BACK-UP ACTIVITIES: Activities for extra time left Dance along to songs such as
Barbara Ann, Rock Around the Clock, Yakety Yak, and other popular
music songs from the 1950s.
INVOLVING PARENTS: Ideas to for parents to help their child at home Letter home to
have students dress in appropriate 1950s attire before the day of. Students can
dance to Barbara Ann