First Grade - Unit 5  

American Contributions

Unit 5 LA Standards

SOCIAL STUDIES STANDARDS

SCIENCE STANDARDS

Managing Student Work in Labs

Informational Questioning Stems

Literature (Narrative) Questioning Stems

Essential Questions

“I Can” Statements

& Assessments

Instructional Activities

Lesson Resources

1. How do context

clues and decoding strategies help with unknown words?

This means I can

use context clues and decoding strategies  to confirm or self-correct the reading of unknown words.

 -decode grade-level words accurately

 -use context clues to confirm or self-correct

  word recognition and understanding

Unfamiliar Word Strategies

Utah State Social Studies Core Curriculum Standards  

Enduring Understanding:  Students will recognize their roles and responsibilities in the school and in the neighborhood.

Name their school, neighborhood, state, and national symbols, landmarks, and documents.

Essential Questions

“I Can” Statements & Assessments

Instructional Activities

Lesson Resourcs

2.  What are my responsibilities in school and in the neighborhood?

This means I can

recognize my roles and responsibilities as a citizen in the school and in the neighborhood.

 -identify verbs in texts discussing roles and

  responsibilities

 -describe behaviors that contribute to

  cooperation within groups at school and in the

  neighborhood

 -discuss the roles and responsibilities of being

  a member of a group.

 -identify and express feelings in appropriate

 group behavior

 -articulate how individual choices affect

 self, peers, and others.

-communicate positive feelings and ideas of self

Suggested Texts

Shades of Meaning

Working Together Cooperative Learning Activity  

Good Citizenship Lesson with rhyming, high frequency words, vocabulary, adjectives, sentences, and Narrative Writing)

Buzzing Behavior Impacts People and Communities

Kids Can Make A Difference Lesson

Respect: Looks Like, Sounds Like, Feels Like

3. What are

symbols and landmarks?

This means I can

recognize and describe national and state symbols, documents,  and landmarks.

 -identify school symbols and landmarks

 -identify neighborhood and community symbols

  and landmarks

 -identify and describe Utah symbols, documents  and landmarks

 -recognize and describe national symbols

 -describe the American Flag and the

  importance of this symbol

 -demonstrate respect for patriotic practices

 and customs

Suggested Texts

School Symbols and Landmarks

Neighborhood Landmark  

Utah Symbols

Pioneer Utah Symbols

A is for Arches Lesson

Symbols and Landmarks

The Value of Illustrations/Pictures & Informative/Explanatory Writing

The Eagle as an American Symbol

American Symbols Opinion Writing

4.  Who are the notable people who have made contributions?

This means I can identify notable people who have contributed to our community, state, and nation.

 -compare and contrast literature and

  informational texts about the same notable

  person and describe the connection between

  two key events or ideas

 -read with expression at appropriate rate using

  reader’s theaters

Suggested Texts

Compare and Contrast Texts

Text Connections Lessons

Utah State Science Core Curriculum Standards  

Enduring Understanding:  Students will gain an understanding of Physical Science through the study of the forces of motion and the properties of materials by analyzing objects and recording their properties.

Essential Questions

“I Can” Statements & Assessments

Instructional Activities

Lesson Reources

5. How are objects classified and sorted?

This means I can

classify, sort, and chart objects by observable properties.

 -sort objects according to size, shape, color, and

  texture

 -identify and explain the attributes of a variety

  of objects

 -compare and contrast objects

Sorting Lesson with Sorting Mat 

Sorting By Attributes

Attributes Activities

6. What are measurable properties of matter?

This means I can

predict, observe, and explain  how measurable properties such as weight and temperature affect whether objects sink or float and record results.

 -participate in experiments to explore which

   objects will sink or float

 

 -describe in speech and in writing the

  measurable properties that cause objects to

  sink or float

Suggested Texts 

Science NetLinks Lesson - Sink & Float

UEN Sink or Float

Brain Pop Jr. Sink/Float

What Sinks or Floats and Why?   

7.  What are the changes that can occur in matter?

This means I can

predict, identify, and describe changes in matter when heated, cooled or mixed with water.

 -recognize and share information obtained

  from text features in informational texts

 -participate and record what happens in

  experiments about changes in matter when

  cooled and/or heated

Suggested Texts

Using Text Features to Learn About Changes in Matter

Matter . . .It Does!

Changing Matter

Changing States

Power Point About Matter