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NYCDOE: Passport to Social Studies - grade 1, unit 1

This is the first unit of Grade 1 Scope and Sequence, titled: Family and Community are Important. This unit was developed by a team of DOE staff and teachers, in collaboration with social scientists and cultural partners. Representative lessons from this unit include:

  • Lesson 1 - students explore what is a family are who are its members. Students develop an understanding and appreciation of complex family structures.
  • Lesson 4 - students define, identify, and explain the importance of family values and how they shape cultures and communities.
  • Lesson 11 - students explore national holidays to understand how communities commemorate and celebrate the historical significance of important people and events.
  • Lesson 12 - students understand how symbols represent important ideas by studying and analyzing American symbols.

The unit culminates with a post-assessment where students demonstrate knowledge of how and why families and communities are important.

Please note: the complete set of NYCDOE K-8: Passport to Social Studies Core Curriculum materials include a variety of documents, trade books, and primary sources, in addition to this unit of study. To support rigorous social studies instruction and student inquiry, it is recommended that you utilize this unit of study in conjunction with these resources. 

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Quality Review Indicators 1.3 Leveraging ResourcesDanielson Framework for Teaching 1a: Demonstrating Knowledge of Content and PedagogyDanielson Framework for Teaching 1b: Demonstrating Knowledge of StudentsDanielson Framework for Teaching 1c: Setting Instructional OutcomesDanielson Framework for Teaching 1d: Demonstrating Knowledge of ResourcesDanielson Framework for Teaching 1e: Designing Coherent InstructionDanielson Framework for Teaching 1f: Designing Student Assessments
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