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ERIC Number: ED461597
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001
Pages: 63
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Exploring Family Roots. Grade 2 Model Lesson for Standard 1. California History-Social Science Course Models.
Hutchens, Dorothy; Hutton, Lisa; Rickett, Elizabeth
One of the best ways to engage children in history is by involving them in activities related to their own lives' experiences. This unit gives students an opportunity to study history through a familiar and relevant topic: families. Suggested time for unit implementation is 8 weeks. Students explore family roots, traditions, and how daily life has changed or remained the same; learn how to think critically about history by examining primary sources such as artifacts and photographs; learn how to interview another person to investigate the past; begin to see their places in history and how family history helps define people as individuals and members of a larger society; and have a chance to study the daily lives of people, ideally their own ancestors, who lived long ago and compare that existence with their own lives and the lives of their parents and grandparents. The lesson plan discusses the significance of the topic; lists focus questions; features literacy links; and provides information and student activities, dividing the topic into: "Beginning the Topic,""Developing the Topic," and "Culminating the Topic." It suggests assessment activities, offers extended/correlated activities, and lists extensive topic resources. Appended are sample worksheets. (BT)
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Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: California State Dept. of Education, Sacramento.
Identifiers - Location: California