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ERIC Number: ED457092
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Nov
Pages: 10
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
When You Were Born...Connecting the Past and Present by Building a Model Community.
Blackburn, Lynne Michel; Flock, Kathy; McNaney, Wendy; Hewett, Linda
This instructional unit was built upon the idea that most of the children from a second and a sixth grade classroom already had some knowledge about the social history of their community in Loveland, Colorado. The teachers implementing the unit helped these students make connections between the past and present and thereby develop an understanding of time and chronological relationship in Loveland history. Research for the unit began by having the second and the sixth grade class complete a chart that helped students verbalize what they believed life was like "long ago,""close to now," and "now." The chart addresses the social history of Loveland and includes transportation, communication, and social relations. Students were read historical books about Loveland and, working with primary sources including photography, were encouraged to make connections in their drawings and writings as they examined artifacts, took a walking tour of the area, and participated in a community day with guest speakers. As a culminating activity, students built three model communities of Loveland (long ago, close to now, and now) and discussed the models in small groups. This document describes the unit, contains an example of the social history chart, and provides instructions for the 10-lesson unit. (BT)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A