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Neighborhoods and Communities

Submitted by: Michael Feher & Greg Winiewicz Nevada State College Spring 2013 Instructor: Karen Powell EDEL 453: Teaching Elementary School Social Science

Neighborhoods and Communities Social Studies Lesson Plan

Summary of the Lesson Plan: This is a second grade social studies lesson designed to help students understand about groups and leaders as well as rules that govern group dynamics. It will give students the understanding of different places and communities where people work and live. The lesson uses the Houghton Mifflin Social Studies textbook Neighborhoods (p. 26-29 and p. 36 - 38). Student Population: Second Grade. Students at all learning levels. Whole group reading and individual assessment. Materials: Objectives: Standard: G6.2.2 Describe neighborhoods and communities as places where people live, work, and play. G6.2.2 I can describe neighborhoods and communities.
Houghton Mifflin Social Studies textbook Neighborhoods.

Paper, colored pencils, markers, crayons, pencils, highlighters. Large Poster paper Smart Board

Procedure: 1. The teacher will read, Wake up City by Alvin Tresself 2. The class will read pgs. 26-29 out of the book together. The teacher will ask the class; can you be a part of more than one group? Do all groups have the same rules? What are some different ways that leaders can be appointed? The teacher will split the class into 6 groups and there they will be assigned a group they are a part of and be asked to determine: what the group does, who the leader is, and what are some rules that need to be followed in this group. The students will make a list of rules on their poster boards and have their group name at the top. (They will post them on the wall) 3. The teacher will then ask what are some rules that we have in this classroom community that your neighborhood community may not have The teacher will make brainstorm answers on the board.

EDEL 453 - Spring 2013

Submitted by: Greg Winiewicz

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Neighborhoods and Communities Social Studies Lesson Plan 4. The class will read pgs. 36 38. They understand what makes a neighborhood and a community. The teacher will ask the students to describe their school. (types of people, location, scenery, etc) Each student will take a piece of paper and fold into thirds. The teacher will make a list of characteristics on the board that the students give while the students put these characteristics on the left side of their paper. The students will then put characteristics of their community on the right side. They will take a highlighter and highlight characteristics that appear on both sides. These characteristics will be written in the middle section and crossed out on each side. 5. Closure: Students will share their Venn Diagrams with the class. Assessment: The teacher will collect the Venn Diagrams and determine if they fully understand the differences in communities. The teacher will also observe the different posters on the wall and see if they are grasping the different concepts of becoming a leader and distinguishing rules. Reflection:
Which part of the lesson do you think will be the easiest for you to teach? I think that getting them to understand about groups will be easy for them to understand. So many kids are involved in sports, dance, scouts, etc. Which part will be most challenging for you to teach? I think the most challenging part will just be getting them to compare their home communities and their school community. How will you follow up or extend this lesson? I will follow up this lesson by giving specific examples of different types of communities and showing the differences that way. What can you do for students who dont grasp the concepts? For students who dont grasp the concepts I can use different examples and if they still dont understand I will pull them aside for mini lessons. Which part of the lesson, if any, do you think might need to change? Im not sure if the students will really know much about their home community since they are only in second grade. They may not know much about the community outside of their street. When you were writing this lesson plan, what was the most difficult part? The most difficult part was trying to create activities that were fun for them and also beneficial for them as well.

EDEL 453 - Spring 2013

Submitted by: Greg Winiewicz

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