Grade 2 History Related Holidays

West Haven Public Schools

Unit Planning Organizer

Subject Social Studies                                     

Grade 2

Unit 8: History Related Holidays                                

Pacing: Ongoing Throughout the Year

Essential Question(s):

What are the important historical holidays?

Big Idea(s):

Important events in history are celebrated through holidays.

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

Priority:

1.1.1: Explain the importance of history-related holidays.

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

 

 

Veteran’s Day – honor all men and women who served in our armed forces.

Columbus Day – honor Christopher Columbus who discovered America.

Thanksgiving – Remember Native Americans and Pilgrims working together.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day – honor the man who built relationships and equality among races.

Presidents’ Day – honor all Presidents (especially Washington, Lincoln, and Obama)

Memorial Day – honor all who have died or suffered for our country.

Flag Day – honor the flag of the United States of America.

4th of July – celebrate the birth of our country (1776).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Explain the importance of history-related holidays.

 

 

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Assessments

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

Pre-Assessment 1.1.1

1st PRE: Set up a picture of Columbus. Ask class if someone can point to Columbus. Ask class if someone can tell what great things he has done for our country. (Answer: Discovered America)

2nd PRE: Classroom discussion to honor all men and women who served in our armed forces. (Answer: Relatives/Acquaintances who served).

3rd PRE: Classroom discussion to honor Native Americans and Pilgrims to celebrate Thanksgiving. (Answer: First people to live in America)

4th PRE: Classroom discussion of Dr. King. Follow same procedure as above. (Answer: Honor the man who built relationships and equality among races).

5th PRE: Classroom discussion to honor all Presidents (especially Washington, Lincoln, and Obama). (Answer: Founding Father, Freed the Slaves, First African-American president).

6th PRE: Classroom discussion to honor all who have died or suffered for our country. (Answer: Relatives/Acquaintances who served).

7th PRE: Classroom discussion to honor the American Flag. (Answer: Symbol of our country that contains 13 stripes, 50 stars).

8th PRE: Classroom discussion to celebrate the Fourth of July. (Answer: Celebrate the birth of our country).

 

 

 

 

 

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

Pre & Post-Assessment 1.1.1

Instructional Planning

Suggested Resources/Materials:

Big and/or Small Books

Pictures related to each holiday

Student created art activities (optional).

Pre & Post-Assessment 1.1.1

Quick Reads:

Thanksgiving:

            “Sarah Hale” (page 81)

Martin Luther King, Jr.

            “Abraham Lincoln” (page 41)

            “George Washington Carver” (page 45)

            “Charles Drew” (page 89)

Flag Day/Fourth of July:

            “Symbols of the United States” (page 11)

            “Stars and Stripes” (page 13)

            “Red, White, and Blue” (page 15)

            “Bald Eagle” (page 17)

            “The Pledge of Allegiance” (page 19)

            “The Stars and Stripes” (page 67)

            “The Ride” (page 69)

            “The Liberty Bell” (page 71)

            “Uncle Sam” (page 73)

            “The Star-Spangled Banner” (page 75)

Suggested Research-based Effective Instructional Strategies:

 

 

Vocabulary/Word Wall

Enrichment/Extension

Interdisciplinary Connections