This is my world … A Unit of Thematic Curriculum for Social Studies By Christina A. Parsons Fall 2006
Overview Children in first grade are learning to explore the world around them in more detail. This unit will introduce the first grade student to his or her community by first beginning with the self. From there, we will explore how the family, school, neighborhood, city, country, and other people make up each child’s world. Finally, each project from the unit will be assembled into a book and shared with family, friends, and teachers for the culminating experience.
Big Ideas & Inquiry Questions Big Ideas Everything around you makes you who you are. Inquiry Questions Who am I? Where am I? What connects me to the world? How does “where you are” make you “who you are?”
Culminating Experience This is My World: The culminating experience will include assembly of a “This is My World” booklet, which will contain every smaller activity accomplished during the unit. A sharing event is planned for families, other classes, and school administration on the final afternoon of the unit. At this time, students will share their work and discuss their community.
Text Sets The United States of America This Land is Your Land by Woodie Guthrie America Is … by LouiseBorden My Family and Me What a Family by Rachel Isadora Where do I Live? by Neil Chesnow The School Community A Fine, Fine School by Sharon Creech Hooway for Wodney Wat by Helen Lester The Neighborhood Be My Neighbor by Fred Rogers Cassie’s Word Quilt by Faith Ringgold City Signs by Zoran Milich One Afternoon by Yumi Heo Something Beautiful by Sharon Dennis Wyeth This is the House that Jack Built by Simms Taback Uptown by Bryan Collier Community Helpers Emergency! by Gail Gibbons My Teacher’s Secret Life by Stephen Krensky Officer Buckle and Gloria by Peggy Rathmann The Jolly Postman by Janet and Allan Ahlberg Trashy Town by Andrea Zimmerman What Do You Want to Be by Ron Ellsworth Diversity It’s Okay to Be Different by Todd Parr People by Peter Spier The Peace Book by Todd Parr We All Sing with the Same Voice by J. Phillip Miller and Sheppard M. Greene We Are A Rainbow by Nancy Maria Grande Tabor Whoever You Are by Mem Fox