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Overview


Subject/Sub-Subject: Social Studies/U.S. History


Title: Comparing the past and present/ Schools


Summary:

Children work for 5 minutes in small groups of 2 3 children. Each group receives a picture and decides whether it shows the past or present and discusses what was in the picture that helped them draw that conclusion. Each group shares their picture and ideas with the class.
This warm-up started a lesson comparing schools in the past with schools of today.


Understanding Goal

Schools have changed over the years.

Investigative Question

Grade(s): 1, preK
Audience: General
Learners:
Required Vocabulary: N/A
Prior Content Knowledge: N/A
Standards

History 1.1

Field Tests

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Sources

Comparing the past and present/ Schools

Understanding Goal

Schools have changed over the years.

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First grade children and teacher. Goodman School, Coffee County, Alabama First grade children and teacher. Goodman School, Coffee County, Alabama First grade children and teacher. Goodman School, Coffee County, Alabama Story hour in the first grade Ernest Kendall, teacher of U.S. Capitol pages. Mr. Kendall at blackboard with student I New York, New York. Public school teacher showing the first grade pupils pictures of Indians to give them ideas for Indian hats. Marie Winn [or Wynn], a Czech-American child, is in foreground

Required Materials

Files

schmidt_d_socialstudies1_1-1.pdf

Directions

Investigation

Step 1 Children work for 5 minutes in small groups of 2 3 children. Each group receives a picture and decides whether it shows the past or present.
Step 2 Then have them discusse what was in the picture that helped them draw that conclusion.
Step 3 Each group shares their picture and ideas with the class.
Step 4 Thiswarm-up can start a lesson comparing schools in the past with schools of today.

Best Practices


Analysis of Student Learning


The children used examples from the pictures during the rest of the lesson when we discussed how schools have changed.


Analysis of Best Instructional Practices (learn more)

Literacy Instruction Literacy Instruction(learn more)

Visual

Pictures are used to learn about past and present.

Reflections and Recommendations


I might expand the activity to be the main activity of the lesson and include digital pictures of my school for the children to sort.


Credits

Authors and Contributors

Donna Schmidt
Samuel W. Tucker Elementary School, Alexandria City Public Schools, Virginia

Library of Congress Items

Library of Congress items used in this Lesson Plan.

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First grade children and teacher. Goodman School, Coffee County, Alabama Wolcott, M. P. 1939. First grade children and teacher. Goodman School, Coffee County, Alabama. Library of Congress: Prints & Photographs.
First grade children and teacher. Goodman School, Coffee County, Alabama Wolcott, M. P. 1939. First grade children and teacher. Goodman School, Coffee County, Alabama. Library of Congress: Prints & Photographs.
First grade children and teacher. Goodman School, Coffee County, Alabama Wolcott, M. P. 1939. First grade children and teacher. Goodman School, Coffee County, Alabama. Library of Congress: Prints & Photographs.
Story hour in the first grade Keystone View Company. c1927. Story hour in the first grade. Library of Congress: Prints & Photographs.
Ernest Kendall, teacher of U.S. Capitol pages. Mr. Kendall at blackboard with student I Horydczak, T. ca.1920-ca.1950. Ernest Kendall, teacher of U.S. Capitol pages. Mr. Kendall at blackboard with student I. Library of Congress: Prints & Photographs, Horydczak Collection .
New York, New York. Public school teacher showing the first grade pupils pictures of Indians to give them ideas for Indian hats. Marie Winn [or Wynn], a Czech-American child, is in foreground Collins, M. 1942. New York, New York. Public school teacher showing the first grade pupils pictures of Indians to give them ideas for Indian hats. Marie Winn [or Wynn], a Czech-American child, is in foreground. Library of Congress: Prints & Photographs, Farm Security Administration/Office of War Information Collection.