Grade 2 Human Movement

West Haven Public Schools 

Unit Planning Organizer

Revised July 2011

Unit 1

Subject Social Studies                                             

Grade 2

Unit: Human Movement                                                      

Pacing: September

Essential Question(s):

How are urban (city), suburban, and rural (countryside) areas different?

How do people choose where to live?

Big Idea(s):

There is a difference between urban, suburban, and rural areas in our society.

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

Priority:

1.6.1: Compare and contrast the differences between rural, suburban and urban areas and explain why people might move from one area to another.

Supporting:

2.1.1: Access information from print materials with assistance.

2.1.2: Use dictionaries and other print materials to gather information.

2.3: Write one –to two – sentence descriptions of historical events people and/or places.

2.4: Ask relevant questions on social studies topics.

 

 

 

 

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

Concepts(Need to Know)

Skills(Able to Do)

BL

Rural – in the countryside. Can be surrounded by farms and open land.

Suburban – a community near a city with houses and neighborhoods (ex. West Haven).

Urban – in cities where many people live and work with large buildings (ex. New York City).

Jobs – people tend to live close to where they work.

Family – people tend to live where their family and relatives live.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Compare and contrast the differences between rural, suburban and urban areas and explain why people might move from one area to another.

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Assessments

Common Formative Pre- Assessment (Followed by Data Team Analysis):

Pre-Assessment 1.6.1

 

Class discussion of definition or rural, suburban and urban areas with pictures to illustrate each type. (Answer: Rural – in the countryside. Can be surrounded by farms and open land. Suburban – a community near a city (ex. West Haven). Urban – in cities where many people live and work with large buildings (ex. New York City).

 

Class discussion of how and why people decide where to live. Recommended: Using chart paper, brainstorm list under each bolded category. (Answer: Jobs – people tend to live close to where they work. Family – people tend to live where their family and relatives live.

 

Common Formative Post- Assessment (Followed by Data Team Analysis):

Post-Assessment 1.6.1

Students will be able to look at pictures of urban (city), suburban, and rural (countryside) and be able to identify them and provide three (3) characteristics of each.

Students will be able to provide 2 reasons (jobs and family) how people choose where to live.

Instructional Planning

Suggested Resources/Materials:

Big and/or Small Books.

People, People Everywhere! Scott Foresman book pgs 332-350

Pictures of rural, suburban, and urban areas.

 

Non-Fiction Piece: “A New Kind of Farm” by Mary Lynn Bushong

                                    “Communities” by Trista L. Pollard

Worksheet pages10, 16

Pre & Post-Assessment worksheets 1.6.1.

Recommended Website: www.diserio.com (good pictures of city skylines)

Suggested Research-based Effective Instructional Strategies

 

Vocabulary/Word Wall

Enrichment/Extension

Interdisciplinary Connections

Rural

Suburban

Urban