Unit Plan: The Community and Me
Social Studies / Grade 2
Local actions have global consequences, and global actions have local consequences.
Students will keep considering…
- Why take action?
Student is participating in classroom discussion.
Student is able to identify various communities he or she belongs to.
Student is able to justify/support why certain changes should be undertaken.
Student is able to monitor his or her own actions to create a change.
Students will share this plan with the school’s administration or other classes within the school in order to continue growing the effects of the change.
Students will create and implement their own plan for action themselves. They will document their actions and demonstrate the effects of their actions to their classmates.
Students will fill out a journal with their personal actions within the communal project.
How will teachers and their students reflect on and evaluate the completed project?
Constant feedback from students and dialogue after each activity outlined in the Learning Events will help to direct and adapt what is explored in the next activity. Self, peer and teacher evaluation of the Performance Task and its alignment with the essential questions.
Next time I teach this unit I would…
Allow students to select the short stories that link to Identity.
My students needed:
Potential Student Misunderstanding:
Stage 2 – Evidence
Authentic Performance Tasks
AUTHENTIC PERFORMANCE TASK: Assessing for Understanding
Students will be able to demonstrate their understanding by:
Students will be given the challenge to becoming activists within their school community. As a group, students will choose one plan that they would like to see implemented by all the students in their class. Students and teachers will document the effects of the change on their school’s environment and share their efforts and successes with the school in hopes of inspiring others to join them.
PERFORMANCE TASKS RATIONALE: All of the following activities require students to be actively engaged in the learning task. Students will assume roles, argue opinions, share anecdotes, challenge classmates, debate issues, consume products, analyze human behavior, create authentic metrics, and make recommendations. For some students these activities will come easily. For others, teacher encouragement will be needed. Teachers will pay close attention to creating a safe atmosphere in the class for students to express personal opinions. They will also encourage all students to take risks with their learning when debating, role playing, or playing simulation games using curriculum material that is new to them.
OTHER EVIDENCE: Assessing for Knowledge and Skills
Students will show they have acquired Stage 1 knowledge and skills by:
The Big Ideas consist of generalizations and principles and the key concepts important in an area of learning. The Big Ideas represent what students will understand at the completion of the curriculum for their grade. They are intended to endure beyond a single grade and contribute to future understanding.
The set of abilities that students use to impart and exchange information, experiences and ideas, to explore the world around them, and to understand and effectively engage in the use of digital media
The knowledge, skills and processes we associate with intellectual development
The set of abilities that relate to students’ identity in the world, both as individuals and as members of their community and society
Curricular Competencies & Content
Curricular Competencies are the skills, strategies, and processes that students develop over time. They reflect the “Do” in the Know-Do-Understand model of curriculum. The Curricular Competencies are built on the thinking, communicating, and personal and social competencies relevant to disciplines that make up an area of learning.