Lesson Plan : Strangers

Teacher Name:
 Laura Ferguson
 Grade 1
 Social Studies

 Dealing with strangers
 Students will learn how to react when confronted with a stranger, and they will find out why strangers can sometimes be dangerous. They will create a team statement on what they thing of when they think of a stranger. Vocabulary: Stranger, Public Servant (i.e.: police officer, fireman, etc.)
 Good social skills development.
 Students will tell what a stranger is and why they are potentially dangerous. They will state what to do when confronted. Students will create a Team Statement over, "Strangers are.."
 Social Studies textbook, paper, pencil
 Introduce the topic of strangers. Lead a brief, general discussion over what we think of when we think of a stranger. The class will have the opportunity to tell about different times when they encountered strangers in their daily lives.
 Teach the lesson from the social studies text (approximately 10 minutes). Go through all pages, and do the discussion question provided if appropriate. If not, evaluate for understanding after each key point by asking the class to rephrase what we learned.
 Get together to make a team statement: Step 1:Think time. I will announce the topic... "Strangers are..." and give the students about 20 seconds to think (SILENTLY!) about the topic. Step 2: Pair Discussion. Students will pair together and discuss their thoughts. Step 3: Individual Write. Students will individually write one sentence on the topic. Step 4: Roundrobin. The class will read their own sentence, roundrobin, with no comments. Step 5: Team Discussion. Teammates discuss the individual sentences, seeking the underlying source from which they sprang. (They will team in groups and talk about what the sentences mean, and how their friends came up with them.) Step 6: Consensus and Share. Teammates will come to a decision on a Team Statement of what "strangers are" and share that with the class orally with the teacher writing them down on the overhead. Step 7: Team Discussion- Compare Statements. The teams will discuss each of the statments on the overhead and compare their own to the others. Step 8: Team Discussion- Synergy. The teams will discuss how the other teams though. Was their anything that linked them together?
 For students who cannot write with a pencil and paper, they can use a word processor.
Checking For Understanding:
 I will be able to check for understanding through each step because the groups will be sharing their ideas! Also, when the groups are discussing, I will be able to walk around and see if they are on point with their discussions, and if not I can suggest different avenues of thinking.
 Step 9: The class will then come up with a statement based on the ones on the overhead. This is Mrs. Ferguson's class understanding of strangers!
 During discussions and writing, I walk around the room to make sure everybody is on topic. If necessary, I might prompt them with a thinking question to help them think in different directions.
Teacher Reflections:
 This lesson went really well! The kids enjoyed getting to share their opinions with the class, and it was something that was new to them, so it kept their interest. They like to work as teams, and this gave them the opportunity to work with a big group of people.

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