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Title of Unit: Americas Government Title of Lesson: Laws Submitted By: Jessica Solomon

A. Summary of the Lesson Plan: This lesson focuses on laws; their importance and who helps with them. This lesson uses the 2nd Grade Houghton Mifflin Social Studies textbook Neighborhoods (p. 300-305). B. Target Population: Grade Level: 2nd Skill Level: students at all learning levels Grouping: Whole group discussion and reading, small group activity on laws, individual assessment. C. Materials: Paper and pencils Reading Skill and Strategy (Unit Resources p. 88) for each student see last page of lesson plan for sample Vocabulary and Study Guide (Unit Resources p. 89) for each student see last page of lesson plan for sample Houghton Mifflin 2nd Grade Social Studies Book: Neighborhoods (p. 300-305) D. Objectives: o NV State Social Studies Standards o C15.2.1 - Identify sources of information.

Student-Friendly Standards C15.2.1 - I can identify what a law is, and who helps make them.

E. Procedure: 1. Refer to notes on TE 300 Get Set to Read. o o Explain the Study Guide students will complete as we read. Call students attention to the pictures and titles in this lesson. o o Ask, What do you think you will learn?

Complete the Reading Skill Strategy worksheet as a class as we read. Identify & Discuss a few school or classroom rules. Discuss with them why school rules are important. Remind students that rules keep people safe. Create a word web with the students responses.

Introduce vocabulary (Law and Judge).

2. As a class, read p. 300-303, stopping to ask questions as indicated in the margins of the TE.
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Title of Unit: Americas Government Title of Lesson: Laws Submitted By: Jessica Solomon

3. Students should take notes and record information on their Study Guide while we are reading. They can continue working on it when we finish reading. 4. Ask questions listed in the margins of the TE as an ongoing check for understanding. Focus on these questions about laws: o o o o o o (TE 300)What are two things that laws do? (TE 301)What do the police tell people? (TE 302)What do judges know well? (TE 302)When people break laws what do judges do? (After paragraph 1 on p. 303)What can citizens do to help with laws? (Review question #2)What would happen if drivers did not pay attention to traffic lights?

5. CLOSURE: Discuss the three statements in the Review and Assess section of TE 303. F. Assessment: What will you use to measure student understanding? Students will write a journal entry on why they think laws are important and should be followed. Students will explain their answer in detail and add information about what they learned about who makes laws and why we have the laws we do in the United States. Explain how you will know students understand the concepts from the lesson. I will know students can identify what a law is and who helps make them through their journal responses. G. Reflection: 1. Which part of the lesson do you think will be the easiest for you to teach? I think the easiest part of the lesson to teach will be explaining why laws are important. I think this will be easy because students have learned right from wrong, probably know what the police do, etc. If students know these few ideas prior to the lesson they will use this prior knowledge to help them understand the lesson better. 2. Which part will be most challenging for you to teach? I think the most challenging part of the lesson will be explaining why certain people get to make laws. I think this is a very broad idea for second grade students to understand, so it might be difficult to explain when teaching.
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Title of Unit: Americas Government Title of Lesson: Laws Submitted By: Jessica Solomon

3. How will you follow up or extend this lesson? In order to extend the lesson, we will as a class do the Extend Lesson 3 Rosa Parks on p. 304-305. 4. What will you do for students who dont grasp the concepts? I would pull any students that did not grasp the concepts aside and we would work on the Reteach Mini Lesson described at the bottom of TE 303. We would work together to make a chart about the different law makers. 5. Which part of the lesson, if any, do you think might need to change? I dont think any part of this lesson needs to be changed. I think the lesson flows and every idea discussed builds on the one before it which allows the lesson to be taught in a fun and easy manner. 6. When you were writing this lesson plan, what was the most difficult part? I think the most difficult part when writing this lesson was making sure all the ideas were student friendly ideas. Sometimes when discussing laws children cant grasp the importance of laws as a whole, and the other ideas that were present in the lesson. I think as the teacher I would need to explain carefully the ideas in the lesson so that students wouldnt be confused by all the information.

Nevada State College

EDEL 453 - Spring 2013

Karen Powell- Instructor

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Title of Unit: Americas Government Title of Lesson: Laws Submitted By: Jessica Solomon

Nevada State College

EDEL 453 - Spring 2013

Karen Powell- Instructor

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Title of Unit: Americas Government Title of Lesson: Laws Submitted By: Jessica Solomon

Nevada State College

EDEL 453 - Spring 2013

Karen Powell- Instructor

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