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Overview

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


Title: Long Ago and Today: A Photo Study


Summary:


Students explore and analyze photographs to explain how they know it is a photograph from the past.


Understanding Goal

Everyday life in the past is different from life today.

Investigative Question

How can you tell this photograph is from long ago?

Grade(s): 1, preK
Audience: General
Learners: A class of 16 first grade students with a wide range of abilities.
Required Vocabulary: N/A
Prior Content Knowledge: N/A
Standards

Virginia: Social Studies - Grade 1

VA.1.1. History: The student will interpret information presented in picture time lines to show sequence of events and will distinguish between past and present.

Field Tests

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Sources

Long Ago and Today: A Photo Study

Understanding Goal

Everyday life in the past is different from life today.

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Interior of one-room school house. Crawford County, Wisconsin Base ball / Aquarelle print by L. Prang & Co. City children - on a play street, N.Y. [A 1956 Ford Crown Victoria automobile] September - back to work - back to school - back to BOOKS / V. Donaghue Carts and wagons. Driver with top hat and whip on horse-drawn carriage on street I Dodge auto Buffalo Hill, Aroostook County, Maine. Younger members of the congregation eat cookies, flavorade and homemade wild strawberry ice cream, refreshments served in the social period following a Congregational church service held in a one-room rural school house S.D. Sollers & Co. manufacturers of children's fine shoes, Philadelphia / E.C.

Required Materials

Files

Long_ago_and_today.doc
Long_ago_and_today.pps
Long_ago_and_today.ppt

Directions

Introduction

Step 1 Print out copies handout of the photos (slides # 6 - 10)
Step 2 Discuss Today and Long Ago. Use PowerPoint to review what the students already know about Now and Long Ago about transportation, school, toys/games, and clothes.
Step 3 Explain to students we will look at the first photograph as a group and then break up into smaller groups. View and analyze the first picture and discuss features that tell us from long ago.
Step 4 Break students off into smaller groups to analyze one picture each. Assign one student as the recorder and others as thinkers that analyze the photo and tell how they know it is from long ago.
Step 5 Have students come back together into a large group and discuss findings from each group.
Step 6 Reflect on differences between long ago and today as viewed through photos.
Step 7 Use the PowerPoint slides (7-10) to focus the students attention as each group present their findings.

Best Practices


Analysis of Student Learning


Students working in small groups were able to verbalize wonderful examples of items from long ago by connecting with their prior knowledge about long ago. They were able again to verbalize these ideas in the large group discussion.


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Reflections and Recommendations


Overall, the lesson was successful in getting students to use prior learning about long ago and today and apply it to new pictures. Students benefited from both small group discussion and large group discussion. I had to split these parts of the lesson up with one week in between. Although the students retained a lot of information. In the future, I would try to find the time to complete the lesson at one time.


Credits

Authors and Contributors

Rebecca Brians
Mount Vernon Woods Elementary School, Fairfax County Public Schools, Virginia

Library of Congress Items

Library of Congress items used in this Lesson Plan.

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Interior of one-room school house. Crawford County, Wisconsin Vachon, J. 1939. Interior of one-room school house. Crawford County, Wisconsin. Library of Congress: Prints & Photographs.
Base ball / Aquarelle print by L. Prang & Co. L. Prang & Co. c1887. Base ball / Aquarelle print by L. Prang & Co. Library of Congress: Prints & Photographs, Popular Graphic Arts.
City children - on a play street, N.Y. Unknown. ca. 1908-1915. City children - on a play street, N.Y. Library of Congress: Prints & Photographs, RR-George Grantham Bain Collection.
[A 1956 Ford Crown Victoria automobile] Ford Motor Company. 1956. [A 1956 Ford Crown Victoria automobile]. Library of Congress: Prints & Photographs.
September - back to work - back to school - back to BOOKS / V. Donaghue Federal Art Project. 1940. September - back to work - back to school - back to BOOKS / V. Donaghue. Library of Congress: Prints & Photographs, Posters: WPA Posters.
Carts and wagons. Driver with top hat and whip on horse-drawn carriage on street I Horydczak, T. ca. 1920-1950. Carts and wagons. Driver with top hat and whip on horse-drawn carriage on street I. Library of Congress: Prints & Photographs, Horydczak Collection .
Dodge auto Unknown. 1920-1935. Dodge auto. Library of Congress: Prints & Photographs, Matson (G. Eric and Edith) Negatives.
S.D. Sollers & Co. manufacturers of children's fine shoes, Philadelphia / E.C. Duval & Hunter. 1874. S.D. Sollers & Co. manufacturers of children's fine shoes, Philadelphia / E.C. Library of Congress: Prints & Photographs, Popular Graphic Arts.

Other Items

Other items used in this Lesson Plan.

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Buffalo Hill, Aroostook County, Maine. Younger members of the congregation eat cookies, flavorade and homemade wild strawberry ice cream, refreshments served in the social period following a Congregational church service held in a one-room rural school house Collier, J. 1943. Buffalo Hill, Aroostook County, Maine. Younger members of the congregation eat cookies, flavorade and homemade wild strawberry ice cream, refreshments served in the social period following a Congregational church service held in a one-room rural school house. Other: Prints & Photographs.