Grade 2 Lesson Plan
Subject: Social Studies
Topic: Historical Thinking and Skills
Content Standard: Time can be shown graphically on calendars and timelines.
Objectives (“I Can” Statements): I can show change over time by placing events in chronological order on a timeline. I can create a class mural timeline about the Sisters of Notre Dame’s journey to America.
- Crayons/markers/colored pencils
- Long poster paper to be used for the class timeline
- Smaller poster paper
- Other art supplies (i.e. tissue paper, glue, stickers, etc.) for the partner posters
- Power point (optional)
- Exit slip (optional)
- Teacher will begin by asking students to list at least 5 big events that have happened in their lives (i.e. when they were born, when they moved to a new house, when a sibling was born, when they received First Communion, etc.). Students will put each event on a separate post-it note.
- Then, the teacher will ask the students to put them in order based on which event happened first. Students will use their desks as “timelines” and move the post-its accordingly.
- The teacher will provide a brief discussion about timelines and give an overview of the Sisters coming to America and major events that have happened in their history (possibly with a power point?)
- The teacher will group students in pairs and give them a major event from the Sisters’ journey to America with the date. Students will work with a partner and create a small poster of their event, including the date.
- Students will be asked to put their event on a class timeline in the correct order.
- Students will do a “gallery walk” and look at each event (and make sure they are in the correct order)
- Class debrief led by the teacher
The teacher may use the small poster they have made as a partner assessment grade. Additionally, if this is a topic that students have learned previously or have already begun learning, the teacher may choose to create a small exit slip in which the students would work individually to place other major events from the Sisters of Notre Dame’s journey to America in the correct, chronological order on a timeline. Or, students could place events from some other event in the correct order (i.e. Sr. Dorothy’s life, etc.)