This is My World ...

This extensive unit helps first and second graders understand the world around them. Lessons expand from family, community, state, to national concepts. It includes an assessments and portfolio examples. For examples of activities check out the included Power Point presentation of student examples.

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Created by:
Christina Bentheim

Content Area

  • Social Studies

Resource Type(s)

  • Lesson Plan
  • Unit Plan
  • Assessment
  • Miscellaneous


  • 1st Grade
  • 2nd Grade


  • No Courses Identified

Standard(s)/Course Objective(s)

  • W.1.8 - With guidance and support from adults, recall information from experiences or gather information from provided sources to answer a question.
  • SL.1.3 - Ask and answer questions about what a speaker says in order to gather additional information or clarify something that is not understood.
  • W.2.8 - Recall information from experiences or gather information from provided sources to answer a question.
  • SL.2.1 - Participate in collaborative conversations with diverse partners about grade 2 topics and texts with peers and adults in small and larger groups.
  • L.2.6 - Use words and phrases acquired through conversations, reading and being read to, and responding to texts, including using adjectives and adverbs to describe (e.g., When other kids are happy that makes me happy).
  • H1.1.5 - Identify landmarks around the world.
  • H2.1.1 - Identify ways that sharing can resolve problems in the classroom and school.
  • H3.1.1 - Describe the neighborhood around their school.
  • H3.1.2 - Compare and/or contrast their daily lives with those of their parents or guardians.
  • H3.1.3 - Identify and describe occupations in the community that help people, i.e., police officers, fire fighters, and nurses.
  • H3.1.4 - Demonstrate respect for each other and people in the neighborhood.
  • H3.1.5 - Discuss events that are happening at the school.
  • G5.1.1 - Differentiate between and identify water and land on a map and globe and use the terms ocean and continent.
  • G5.1.2 - Describe maps as representations of places.
  • G5.1.3 - Recognize the shape of North America on a world map.
  • G5.1.4 - Use simple maps to illustrate direction.
  • G5.1.5 - Visually display geographic information using simple lists, graphs, and maps.
  • G6.1.1 - Sort and group pictures displaying geographic features, e.g. forests, deserts, lake regions.
  • G6.1.2 - Identify similarities and differences between people in the community.
  • G6.1.3 - Identify patterns of change within the community, i.e., construction.
  • G6.1.4 - Recall home address and phone number.
  • G7.1.1 - Use the classroom population to categorize simple demographic information.
  • G7.1.2 - Explain that some people live in locations other than where they were born.
  • G7.1.3 - Identify characteristics of rural and urban communities.
  • G8.1.1 - Tell how the physical environment affects activity at school, i.e., inside/outside recess.
  • G8.1.2 - Identify locations for accessing basic resources available to the student, i.e., food, water.
  • E11.1.1 - Identify resources that are shared in the classroom and the community.
  • C13.1.1 - Identify and follow classroom and school rules that guide behavior and resolve conflicts.
  • C13.1.3 - Participate in class decision-making, i.e., individual responsibilities in the classroom and school.
  • C13.1.5 - Name a traditional U.S. patriotic activity, holiday, or symbol.
  • C15.1.1 - Identify sources of information.
  • C16.1.1 - Name their school.
  • H1.2.1 - Compare the local community with others around the nation.
  • H3.2.2 - Compare and/or contrast their daily lives with children around the world.
  • H3.2.3 - Explain why people and events are honored in commemorative holidays.
  • H3.2.4 - Demonstrate respect for each other and people in the community.
  • G5.2.2 - Recognize spatial patterns, i.e., political units, physical features, on a map and globe.
  • G6.2.2 - Describe neighborhoods and communities as places where people live, work, and play.
  • G7.2.2 - Categorize different ways to move people, goods, and ideas, i.e., air, water, land, phone, and/or computer.

Textbook Unit(s)

  • Anthony Reynoso: Born to Rope
  • Chinatown
  • Abuela
  • Beginner's World Atlas


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