Grade 1 Family Ancestry

West Haven Public Schools

Unit Planning Organizer

Revised July 2011

Subject: Social Studies                                       

Grade: First Grade

Unit: Family Ancestry                                        

Pacing: March and April

Essential Question:

What is different in our lives today than those of our grandparents?

Big Idea:

The lives we live today are different than those of the past.


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


1.2.1 Identify characteristics of family and ancestry.

1.2.2 Compare and contrast differences in the lives and experiences of people in different generations.



2.1.1 Access information from non print materials with assistance.

2.1.2 Gather information from listening to and reading nonfiction texts.

2.4 Participate in classroom discussions.

3.1 Describe two different sides/points of view of one event.




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



Concepts(Need to Know)

Skills(Able to Do)




There are many differences in our lives today compared to the past.


Technology: Computers, Cell Phones, DVD Players, Video Games, Microwaves, Digital Clocks, GPS Systems


Child Care: Grandma vs. Institutions


Cooking: Homemade vs. Frozen


Clothing: Recycling vs. New


Transportation: One car vs. Several or Walk vs. Drive


Schools: Neighborhood vs. Community









This unit can be enriched with the following Scott Foresman stories:

A Big Job/Sweet Potato Pie Unit 4

Culture, Family Ancestry

The Same as You   Unit 4

Cherry Pies and Lullabies   Unit 4

Rose and Grandma Make the Sunshine/Our Family Get Together












Not given to first grade students at this time.



Instructional Planning

Suggested Resources/Materials:

Big and/or Small Books

Pictures various differences from past/present, either individual pictures or pictures within books

Student created art activities (optional)

Chart Paper












Suggested Research-based Effective Instructional Strategies:


Vocabulary/Word Wall


Interdisciplinary Connections