Little 1st Grade SOCIAL STUDIES Thinkers - Unit 2: Families, Long Ago & Today!

Hey all! 
This blog post is to explain all about UNIT 2 in my
Little Social Studies Thinkers  curriculum for FIRST GRADE!

Little Social Studies Thinkers  is a complete curriculum specifically for primary kids
It's everything you need to introduce, teach, practice, and assess your primary friends. 
The first grade edition is cross-referenced and aligned to the main topics of 1st grade Social Studies Standards from states across the country. 
This curriculum is 100% researched, designed, and created by me, Karen Jones.
. It contains everything you need in a neat, organized package.
It's totally teacher friendly and student-approved! 

I'm going to walk you through the format of the entire curriculum. First, let's look at the units.

Unit 2 is now complete and available here. Let's take a closer look at what is included!



Here is the breakdown of the major components of each unit. 
The six-week unit is meant to be taught bi-weekly (twice a week) with 25-minute lessons. I know that your time is valuable and you need to make the most of every minute, so each lesson is jam packed with content and engagement
The lessons are quick-paced, written in teacher language, and primary-friendly. You could give these plans to a sub or student teacher, and there would be no question as to what they need to do! It's all there for you.

Here are the components of the unit:



A full Teacher Guide to help you plan:


Texts for read-alouds:


Print and use *complete* Lesson Plans that mirror best practices in primary instruction:


Anchor Charts and TONS of materials and activities to guide your teaching: 




Essential Question and Learning Targets for each lesson 
that can be posted on a Focus Wall:



A COMPLETE UNIT Powerpoint to guide your teaching during EACH and EVERY Lesson!
Pull up the PowerPoint on your Smart Board or on a projector:




I can assure you that this curriculum is VERY easy to use. Just print and teach! 



As always, let me know if you have any questions! 

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Little Kindergarten SCIENCE Thinkers - Unit 2: Seasons & Weather

If you ever struggled with planning and implementing effective, engaging science lessons in your kindergarten classroom, then please read on. This post is for you!

Maybe your district supplies you with a big-box curriculum that isn't user-friendly. Maybe it creates too much work for you. Maybe it doesn't hold your students' attention. Or maybe you don't have a curriculum and you are left spending your weekends piecing together ideas from Pinterest.

No more. I'm here to tell you how we can solve all of those problems with the Little Science Thinkers Curriculum.

Little SCIENCE Thinkers  is a complete curriculum specifically for Kindergarten
It's everything you need to introduce, teach, practice, and assess your kinder friends. 
It is been written to suit the main topics of state Kindergarten Social Studies Standards as well as NGSS.

Here is a look at all of the units in the curriculum.


Unit 2: Seasons &Weather is now available. Let's take a closer look at what is included!

OUTLINE OF UNIT 2:
Lesson 1: WHAT IS WEATHER?
Lesson 2: TYPES OF WEATHER
Lesson 3: THE SUN
Lesson 4: THE SUN AND SHADE – NGSS EXPERIMENT
Lesson 5: OBSERVING WEATHER
Lesson 6: HOW WEATHER AFFECTS US
Lesson 7: SEVERE WEATHER & SEVERE WEATHER SAFETY
Lesson 8: THE SEASONS
Lesson 9: THE SEASONS CRAFTIVITY
Lesson 10: SEASONS & WEATHER SCIENCE STATIONS (2 DAYS)
Lesson 11: REVIEWING SEASONS AND WEATHER
Lesson 12: UNIT ASSESSMENT


Here is the breakdown of the major components of the unit. 
The four-week unit is meant to be taught three times per week with 30-minute lessons. I know that your time is valuable and you need to make the most of every minute, so each lesson is jam packed with content and engagement
The lessons are quick-paced, written in teacher language, and Kinder-friendly. You could give these plans to a sub or student teacher, and there would be no question as to what they need to do! It's all there for you.

Here are the components of the unit.

Print and use *complete* lesson plans:


A full Teacher Guide to help you plan.


EIGHT Texts are INCLUDED for read-alouds:


Parent Letter:



Essential Question and Learning Targets for each lesson 
that can be posted on a Focus Wall:



Anchor Charts and TONS of materials and activities to guide your teaching: 





Science STATIONS




Student Workbook with activities to follow each lesson, with directions and activities written in kinder-friendly language



A COMPLETE UNIT Powerpoint to guide your teaching during EACH and EVERY Lesson!
Pull up the PowerPoint on your Smart Board or on a projector:




Kinder-appropriate Assessment and Rubric:

Here is what some teachers have to say about this unit!



I can assure you that this curriculum is VERY easy to use. Just print and teach! 

-------------Find Unit 2: Seasons and Weather HERE--------------



As always, let me know if you have any questions! 



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First Grade Social Studies

If you ever struggled with planning and implementing effective, engaging social studies lessons in your first grade classroom, then please read on. This post is for you!

Maybe your district supplies you with a big-box curriculum that isn't user-friendly. Maybe it creates too much work for you. Maybe it doesn't hold your students' attention. Or maybe you don't have a curriculum and you are left spending your weekends piecing together ideas from Pinterest.

No more. I'm here to tell you how we can solve all of those problems with the Little Social Studies Thinkers Curriculum.
Little Social Studies Thinkers  is a complete curriculum specifically for primary kids
It's everything you need to introduce, teach, practice, and assess your primary friends. 
The first grade edition is cross-referenced and aligned to the main topics of 1st grade Social Studies Standards from states across the country. 
This curriculum is 100% researched, designed, and created by me, Karen Jones.
. It contains everything you need in a neat, organized package.
It's totally teacher friendly and student-approved! 

I'm going to walk you through the format of the entire curriculum. First, let's look at the units.

 Let's take a closer look at what is included!



Here is the breakdown of the major components of each unit. 
The six-week unit is meant to be taught bi-weekly (twice a week) with 25-minute lessons. I know that your time is valuable and you need to make the most of every minute, so each lesson is jam packed with content and engagement
The lessons are quick-paced, written in teacher language, and primary-friendly. You could give these plans to a sub or student teacher, and there would be no question as to what they need to do! It's all there for you.

Here are the components of the curriculum:


A full Teacher Guide to help you plan:


Read-Aloud Texts in printable or projectable formats for each unit:


Print and use *complete* Lesson Plans that mirror best practices in primary instruction:


Anchor Charts and TONS of materials and activities to guide your teaching: 




A COMPLETE UNIT Powerpoint to guide your teaching during EACH and EVERY Lesson!
Pull up the PowerPoint on your Smart Board or on a projector:





This curriculum is easy to use and very engaging for your students. Here is what teachers are saying:


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Find the FULL CURRICULUM, that contains these Units and Lessons HERE.
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UNIT 1: RESPONSIBLE CITIZENSHIP
Lesson 1: RULES
Lesson 2: LAWS

Lesson 3: RESPECT AND RESPONSIBILITY

Lesson 4: CHOICES WE MAKE
Lesson 5: FRIENDSHIP
Lesson 6: HONESTY
Lesson 7: WORKING TOGETHER
Lesson 8: PERSEVERANCE
Lesson 9: SPORTSMANSHIP
Lesson 10: REVIEWING RESPONSIBLE CITIZENSHIP
Lesson 11: CRAFTIVITY
Lesson 12: ASSESSMENT
Bonus Lesson: FRIENDSHIP FRUIT SALAD

UNIT 2: FAMILIES, LONG AGO AND TODAY
Lesson 1: PAST, PRESENT, AND FUTURE
Lesson 2: LEARNING ABOUT THE PAST
Lesson 3: LIFE LONG AGO & LIFE TODAY: HOMES, CLOTHES, TRANSPORTATION
Lesson 4: LIFE LONG AGO & LIFE TODAY: FOOD, ENTERTAINMENT, TECHNOLOGY
Lesson 5: LIFE LONG AGO & LIFE TODAY: SCHOOLS AND THE ROLES OF WOMEN
Lesson 6: LIFE LONG AGO & LIFE TODAY: FAMILIES AND COMMUNITIES
Lesson 7: DIVERSE COMMUNITIES
Lesson 8: OUR FAMILIES
Lesson 9: FAMILY AND CULTURAL TRADITIONS
Lesson 10: FAMILY OR PERSONAL TRADITIONS CRAFTIVITY
Lesson 11: REVIEW
Lesson 12: ASSESSMENT

UNIT 3: HOLIDAYS AROUND THE WORLD
Lesson 1: TRADITIONS, CULTURE, AND CELEBRATIONS
Lesson 2: MEXICO - LAS POSADAS
Lesson 3: GERMANY - SAINT NICHOLAS DAY AND CHRISTMAS
Lesson 4: ITALY - CHRISTMAS
Lesson 5: SWEDEN - SAINT LUCIA DAY
Lesson 6: INDIA - DIWALI
Lesson 7: ISRAEL - HANUKKAH
Lesson 8: AUSTRALIA - CHRISTMAS
Lesson 9: UNITED STATES - KWANZAA
Lesson 10: AFRICA AND THE MIDDLE EAST - EID AL-FITR
Lesson 11: CANADA AND UNITED STATES - CHRISTMAS
Lesson 12: ASSESSMENT AND CRAFTIVITY

UNIT 4: COMMUNITY ECONOMICS
Lesson 1: WORKING IN A COMMUNITY
Lesson 2: EARNING MONEY
Lesson 3: WANTS AND NEEDS
Lesson 4: GOODS AND SERVICES
Lesson 5: NATURAL RESOURCES
Lesson 6: PRODUCERS AND CONSUMERS
Lesson 7: SUPPLY AND DEMAND
Lesson 8: MONEY CHOICES
Lesson 9: COMMUNITY ECONOMICS AND THE FLOW OF MONEY
Lesson 10: SPENDING AND SAVING CRAFTIVITY
Lesson 11: REVIEW
Lesson 12: ASSESSMENT

UNIT 5: GEOGRAPHY
Lesson 1: TOOLS FOR GEOGRAPHY
Lesson 2: ALL ABOUT MAPS
Lesson 3: MANMADE STRUCTURES
Lesson 4: LANDFORMS
Lesson 5: BODIES OF WATER
Lesson 6: MAKING A MAP
Lesson 7: OUR CONTINENTS
Lesson 8: OUR OCEANS
Lesson 9: WHERE WE LIVE: COUNTRY AND CITY
Lesson 10: OUR PLACE IN THE WORLD CRAFTIVITY
Lesson 11: REVIEW
Lesson 12: ASSESSMENT

MINI-UNIT A: PILGRIMS AND NATIVE AMERICANS
Lesson 1: PEOPLE AND EVENTS THAT WE CELEBRATE
Lesson 2: LEARNING ABOUT THE PILGRIMS
Lesson 3: LEARNING ABOUT THE NATIVE AMERICANS (WAMPANOAG)
Lesson 4: THE FIRST THANKSGIVING
Lesson 5: THANKSGIVING TODAY & CRAFTIVITY (2-day lesson)
Lesson 6: REVIEW AND CULMINATING ACTIVITY (2-day lesson)

MINI-UNIT B: AMERICA
Lesson 1: LEARNING ABOUT LAWS
Lesson 2: AMERICAN SYMBOLS
Lesson 3: THE PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
Lesson 4: VOTING
Lesson 5: PRESIDENTS OF THE PAST (2-day lesson)
Lesson 6: REVIEW AND CULMINATING ACTIVITY (2-day lesson)




As always, let me know if you have any questions! 

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Little SCIENCE Thinkers! Kindergarten Science Curriculum

If you've ever struggled with planning and implementing effective, engaging science lessons in your kindergarten grade classroom, then please read on. This post is for you!

Maybe your district supplies you with a big-box curriculum that isn't user-friendly. Maybe it creates too much work for you. Maybe it doesn't hold your students' attention. Or maybe you don't have a curriculum and you are left spending your weekends piecing together ideas from Pinterest.

No more. I'm here to tell you how we can solve all of those problems with the Little Science Thinkers Curriculum.

Little SCIENCE Thinkers is a complete Science curriculum specifically for Kindergarten
It's everything you need to introduce, teach, practice, and assess your kinder friends. 
It is written to suit the main topics of state Kindergarten Science Standards as well as NGSS. 
This curriculum is 100% researched, written and created by me (and I can promise you that I never hire people to create my curriculum!). It contains everything you need in a neat, organized package.
It's totally teacher friendly and student-approved! 

I'm going to walk you through the format of the entire curriculum. First, the units.
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Here's a look at Unit 1:
Lesson 1: WHAT IS SCIENCE?
Lesson 2: WHAT DO SCIENTISTS DO?
Lesson 3: OUR SENSE OF HEARING
Lesson 4: OUR SENSE OF SMELL
Lesson 5: OUR SENSE OF TOUCH
Lesson 6: OUR SENSE OF TASTE
Lesson 7: OUR SENSE OF SIGHT
Lesson 8: USING OUR SENSES (SCIENCE STATIONS)
Lesson 9: SENSES CRAFTIVITY
Lesson 10: REVIEWING OUR SENSES
Lesson 11: UNIT ASSESSMENT

senses unit for kindergarten

Here is the breakdown of the major components of each unit. 
The four-week unit is meant to be taught three times per week with 35-minute lessons. I know that your time is valuable and you need to make the most of every minute, so each lesson is jam packed with content and engagement
The lessons are quick-paced, written in teacher language, and Kinder-friendly. You could give these plans to a sub or student teacher, and there would be no question as to what they need to do! It's all there for you.

Here are the components of the unit:

senses unit for kindergarten

A full Teacher Guide to help you plan:

science unit for kindergarten


NINE Texts are INCLUDED for read-alouds:



Print and use *complete* Lesson Plans:


Parent Letter:



Essential Question and Learning Targets for each lesson 
that can be posted on a Focus Wall:




Anchor Charts and TONS of materials and activities to guide your teaching: 




Science STATIONS




Student Workbook with activities to follow each lesson:


Directions and activities written in kinder-friendly language


Quick Checks for every lesson to check for understanding:


A COMPLETE UNIT Powerpoint to guide your teaching during EACH and EVERY Lesson!
Pull up the PowerPoint on your Smart Board or on a projector:



Kinder-appropriate Assessment and Rubric:


Here's what some kindergarten teachers have to say about the curriculum:






I can assure you that this curriculum is VERY easy to use. Just print and teach! 

--------------Find UNIT 1 HERE!--------------


Here are the lessons included in the other units:
-----UNIT 2: Seasons and Weather-----
Lesson 1: WHAT IS WEATHER?
Lesson 2: TYPES OF WEATHER
Lesson 3: THE SUN
Lesson 4: THE SUN AND SHADE – NGSS EXPERIMENT
Lesson 5: OBSERVING WEATHER
Lesson 6: HOW WEATHER AFFECTS US
Lesson 7: SEVERE WEATHER & SEVERE WEATHER SAFETY
Lesson 8: THE SEASONS
Lesson 9: THE SEASONS CRAFTIVITY
Lesson 10: SEASONS & WEATHER SCIENCE STATIONS (2 DAYS)
Lesson 11: REVIEWING SEASONS AND WEATHER
Lesson 12: UNIT ASSESSMENT
-----UNIT 3: Properties-----
Lesson 1: MAKING OBSERVATIONS
Lesson 2: SOLIDS, LIQUIDS, AND GASES
Lesson 3: OBSERVING COLOR
Lesson 4: OBSERVING AND MEASURING SIZE
Lesson 5: OBSERVING AND MEASURING WEIGHT
Lesson 6: OBSERVING SHAPE
Lesson 7: OBSERVING TEXTURE
Lesson 8: OBSERVING AND MEASURING TEMPERATURE
Lesson 9: SCIENCE STATIONS
Lesson 10: SCIENCE STATIONS (DAY 2)
Lesson 11: EXPERIMENT
Lesson 12: UNIT ASSESSMENT AND CRAFTIVITY (2 days)
-----UNIT 4: Plants-----
Lesson 1: LIVING AND NONLIVING THINGS
Lesson 2: PARTS OF A PLANT
Lesson 3: EXPERIMENT - HOW PLANTS ARE AFFECTED BY THEIR ENVIRONMENT
Lesson 4: PLANT NEEDS
Lesson 5: HOW PLANTS MAKE FOOD
Lesson 6: HOW PLANTS REPRODUCE
Lesson 7: LIFE CYCLE OF A PLANT
Lesson 8: PLANT TYPES
Lesson 9: PLANTS ADAPT
Lesson 10: SCIENCE STATIONS
Lesson 11: EXPERIMENT AND REVIEW
Lesson 12: UNIT ASSESSMENT
-----UNIT 5: Animals-----
Lesson 1: ANIMALS ARE LIVING THINGS
EXPERIMENT – ANIMALS GROW AND CHANGE
Lesson 2: ANIMAL GROUPS
Lesson 3: REPTILES
Lesson 4: BIRDS
Lesson 5: FISH
Lesson 6: AMPHIBIANS
Lesson 7: MAMMALS
Lesson 8: INVERTEBRATES
Lesson 9: ANIMAL LIFE CYCLES (INCLUDING METAMORPHOSES)
Lesson 10: SCIENCE STATIONS
Lesson 11: REVIEW AND EXPERIMENT CONCLUSION
Lesson 12: UNIT ASSESSMENT
-----UNIT 6: Force and Motion-----
Lesson 1: HOW THINGS MOVE
Lesson 2: PUSHES AND PULLS
Lesson 3: FORCE AND DIRECTION
Lesson 4: INVESTIGATION
Lesson 5: GRAVITY
Lesson 6: RAMP EXPERIMENT
Lesson 7: SIMPLE MACHINES
Lesson 8: SIMPLE MACHINE STATIONS
Lesson 9: SIMPLE MACHINE STATIONS
Lesson 10: USING MAGNETS TO MOVE
Lesson 11: REVIEW AND CRAFTIVITY
Lesson 12: UNIT ASSESSMENT

As always, let me know if you have any questions! 


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