Lesson Plan : Me and My School Community

Teacher Name:
 Tara Taylor
Grade:
 Grade 1
Subject:
 Social Studies

Topic:
 How students can help out in their school community
Content:
 Subject: School Communities Vocabulary: Community, School Community, Helping
Goals:
 Utah State Core Curriculum Standard:2 Objective: 1 and 2 for first grade social studies.
Objectives:
 Students will list ways they can help out in their school community by creating a "helping hand mobile."
Materials:
 Book--"Tops and Bottoms" by Janet Stevens Crayons Scissors Construction Paper Glue or staples Yarn
Introduction:
 Read the book "Tops and Bottoms." Discuss this book with the class. Ask students if they have ever helped out at home. What did they do? Ask studnets to think of any other people that help out at their home.
Development:
 Ask students if they think there are any other ways to help people out that are not part of our family. List their ideas on the board. Suggest that students can help out in their school community. Define what a community is. Relate a community to a family. Have students to think of their own school community. Ask students who they think belong to the school community. Who are they (teachers, principle, students, librarian, crossing guard, etc.)? Explain that each of these members have a specific job to help the community out. Go through some of the community members and what they do to help the school out. Explain that students have a specific job to help out in their school community just like they help out at home. Generate some ideas as a class on how students can better help out in their school community.
Practice:
 Model the following activity for the students. Have students trace their hand on a piece of paper and then cut it out. From each of the five fingers attach a picture that the students have drawn (with some yarn) that illustrates something they can do to better help out in their school community. On the palm of the hand have students write, I, write their name, can help out in the school community by:
Accommodations:
 For studnets who are unable to put together the hand mobile due to physical limitations pair these students up with a peer who could do the cutting and pasting for them.
Checking For Understanding:
 Students will be evaluated on their independent practice.
Closure:
 Have students think of one thing they are going to do today to help out their school community. Have students share their idea with their neighbor. Review with the students what a community is. Remind students we all can help out our school community in many ways.
Evaluation:
 As stated above studnets will be evaluated on their independent practice.
Teacher Reflections:
 With my studnets this lesson was very successful. They loved making the hand mobiles.

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