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1st Grade: Writing, Reading, Science, Social Studies

Grade and Subject(s)

Water is used for drinking, growing food, transport, and sanitation.

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UGs

Introductory
Performance(s)

Guided Inquiry
Performance(s)

Culminating
Performance(s)
Skill Strands

x
R

1,
3,
4
1,
2,
5

1,
2,
4,
6

Students will analyze


how water affects
their own lives.

Sequence of
Understanding
Performances

Students will
learn why
people live near
water bodies.

Unit-Long
Understanding Goals

Relevance to
students lives.

Generative Unit Topic

Niger, Africa

Students will develop


an understanding of
the scientific process.

Water affects how and where people live.

Students will
learn to interpret
symbols in order
to analyze texts.

Students will be able to


explain the importance
of water for plants and
animals.

Overarching
Understanding
Goals

Water is vital to human, plant, and all other life.

Understanding Performances

Ongoing Assessments

Population density map


lesson: Students will look at
population maps of the US
and Niger and infer that
people live near bodies of
water.

Can students explain why


people live near water and
how water affects the daily life
of humans and shapes entire
societies?

Watering plants: Students will


perform an experiment to determine
the importance of water in growing
plants. Students will make daily
inquiry observations and records of
their plants appearance.

Writing an informative piece:


Students will write on the
importance of water. Students
will present and publish their
work.

Are students making and


testing an hypotheses, and
keeping consistent records
to draw a conclusion? Are
students drawing inferences
based on their observations?

Are students making conjectures


based on their science experiment in
order to inform their writing? Are
students critiquing and analyzing the
various uses of water in order to
determine its most significant uses.

Students will learn to make and test a scientific hypothesis.


2 Students will group similar ideas into paragraphs.
x 3 Students will use keys to read maps.
x Major Focus
Unsupported/Required
R Reinforced