No Series: Early Elementary Social Studies Part 2 (Uncut)


Common core State Standards

  • ELA:  English Language Arts
  • SL:  Speaking and Listening Standards K-5
  • 1:  1st Grade
  • 1a: 
    Participate in collaborative conversations with
    diverse partners about grade 1 topics and texts
    with peers and adults in small and larger groups.

    a. Follow agreed-upon rules for discussions (e.g.,
    listening to others with care, speaking one
    at a time about the topics and texts under

    b. Build on others' talk in conversations by
    responding to the comments of others through
    multiple exchanges.

    c. Ask questions to clear up any confusion about
    the topics and texts under discussion.

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Early Elementary Social Studies Part 2 (Uncut)

Lesson Objective: This is 87 minutes of authentic teaching, unedited, and without teacher narration.
Grades K-2 / ELA / Identity
1 HR 27 MIN


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Discussion and Supporting Materials

Thought starters

  1. What You'll See: speaking & listening, classroom community, family identity, symbols & flags, classroom management?


  • Private message to Amenah Saleh

I a greay with you the teacher give her student feadback and do some corractions in a positive ton .She is calm always with her student.

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  • Private message to Terry Donovan

In the lesson for the day the teacher is teaching about families, starting with family action.  She has the students act out the actions by standing up and the first action was sleeping.  All the kids laid down to mimic sleep.  They continued to act out the actions of their own families.  It was great to see them actually acting it out rather than just talking it through.

She then moved to an exercise where the students needed to compare their family to an animal.  My favorite part of what she did was when one kid said he wasn sure, she put him at ease by saying don't worry if you are not sure just say so.  I think that gains enormous trust with the whole class.


Another great tool she used was when they were making a project to define their families, the teacher had the students use colors, symbols and pictures.  I think this is a great way for kids to immerse themselves in the project and adds to their learning.  Also having the kids make flags for their families sparked their creative side.

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  • Private message to Ana Harston

 Teacher has chunked the lesson over days. She gives prefer seating to students who need guidance. Students are given instructions in a circle. Teacher gives examples. She tells students they can use symbols pictures and colors to represent or connect to their family. Students are listening, speaking and recalling or building upon prior experience or knowledge. Students are recognizing flags and what they represent and why. Students will use their imagination to create a flag that represents their family heritage.

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  • Private message to Julieanne Held

Hello! My name is Julie Held and I am the 6th Grade school counselor at North Pole Middle School. We currently have about 157 6th graders enrolled with approximately 130 attending in person, about 15 doing remote learning and the rest doing elearning. 

I chose Early Elementary Social Studies video for 2 reasons. One, most of my academic career has been in the elementary school as a special education teacher, teaching resource room and children with behavior difficulties and as a regular education teacher. I enjoy gathering new techniques that can be shared with other teachers. The second reason I chose this video is because it is talking about families, which I find very interesting given the fact that I am also a counselor. I often look at teaching strategies, and classroom management strategies. I really enjoyed the fact she gave out more than 5 positive complements to every correction! Wven when the children were getting restless, she was able to consistently give positive feedback and was able to do corrections in a very positive tone, continue on with her message, and while being filmed with what appeared to be several people in the room!

Early Elementary Social Studies Part 2 (Uncut)
Early Elementary Social Studies Part 2 (Uncut)
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  • Private message to Adriana Manhasset
Adriana Manhasset: In part two: Conducting a Morning Meeting: Once students have decided who will be acting about how they're feeling when, for example, by invading his/her personal space, the teacher has students work together to brainstorm their most important guidelines for a successful classroom environment. This is a very good strategy, "role playing" to help develop a strong classroom community for an effective classroom management strategy.
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  • Private message to Julieanne Held

I agree with you as roleplaying allows children to see the right way and wrong way to solve their problems independently without always relying on the teacher. It gives them tools to use when problems arrise. 

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