Grade 1 History Related Holidays

West Haven Public Schools

Unit Planning Organizer

Revised July 2011

Subject: Social Studies                                    

Grade: First Grade

Unit: History Related Holidays                      

Pacing: Ongoing Throughout the Year

Essential Question:

How is a particular holiday related to history?


Big Idea:

Important events in history are celebrated through holidays.


CT State Standards (includes West Haven’s “Priority” GLES’s in BOLD and “Supporting” Standards)


1.1.1 Identify History-Related Holidays


2.1.1 Access information from non print materials with assistance.

2.1.2 Gather information from listening to and reading nonfiction texts.

2.3 Write one sentence descriptions of historical scenes.

2.4 Participate in classroom discussions.

2.5 Create and share in class art work on a social studies topic.




“Unwrapped” Concepts and Skills, and Bloom Levels (BL)



Concepts(Need to Know)

Skills(Able to Do)



We acknowledge Labor Day because children are taught that working people get the day off to relax and spend time with their families.


We celebrate Christopher Columbus Day because Christopher Columbus discovered America.


We celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day because children are taught the importance of all races working together and how this has improved throughout the years.


We celebrate President’s Day because children are taught the importance of our country’s founding fathers. Lincoln kept our country together when some states wanted to separate. Washington was the first President of the United States.


We celebrate Memorial Day because children are taught the importance of our Veteran’s

who have suffered or died for our country.


We celebrate Flag Day because children are taught the importance of the American Flag and its symbol to our country.


We acknowledge the Fourth of July because the children are taught it is the birth date of our country.



Identify History-Related Holidays.






Not given to first grade students at this time.



Instructional Planning

Suggested Resources/Materials:

Big and/or Small Books

Pictures of history related holidays with their historical figures, either individual pictures or pictures within books

Student created art activities (optional)

Chart Paper