NYCDOE: Passport to Social Studies - grade 1, unit 2
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This is the second unit of the grade one scope and sequence, titled: Families, Now and Long Ago. It was developed by a team of NYCDOE staff and teachers, in collaboration with scholars of the humanities and social sciences as well as museum curators. Students will immerse themselves in the topic by discussing focus questions, reading and analyzing a rich collection of diverse primary and secondary sources, examining artifacts, and interpreting images, such as paintings and photographs, maps, and political cartoons.
Social studies instruction helps students recognize their role in their country, community, school, and family. This guide offers a multitude of perspectives on the impact of technology and commutation on family life. Topics of representative lessons in this unit include: identify similarities and differences between families from long ago and families today; compare and contrast transportation then and now; understand that all objects tell stories about human lives, past and present.
To evaluate student mastery of content knowledge, cognitive processes, and critical thinking skills, this unit includes formative assessments, and a performance-based assessment activity, which has each student design a family crest with symbols and words that represents the important aspects of their family life, cultural heritage, and history.
Please note: the complete set of NYCDOE K-8: Passport to Social Studies Core Curriculum materials include a wide-range of trade books and primary documents, in addition to this unit of study. In order to support rigorous social studies instruction and student inquiry, we recommend that teachers integrate these resources into their daily instruction and assessment plans.
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