This is a beginning of the year social studies unit for 1st grade. It is intended to take place over 9 half-hour sessions. This unit is meant to scaffold students so they will be well positioned to create rules to solve their own problems throughout the year. It is also intended to teach students that rules are not meant to be punitive but are for their own benefit in order to maintain fairness and safety at home, school, and in the greater community. This is a literacy rich unit, anchoring relevant texts to students lived experience. Some skills addressed in this unit include inferencing, reflection, and problem solving. Students share their thinking through conversation, illustration, writing, and video-recording. Students will conclude this unit by generating issues of fairness and safety present during recess. Then students will discern and advocate for the rule that best supports safety and fairness and implement it into their daily recess routine.
Turley, Lauren, "Rules Rule! (1st grade)" (2017). Understanding by Design: Complete Collection. 361.
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