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Social Studies Class
In my class, I will be using the Georgia Performance Standards units and a variety of literature to teach social studies.The following units can be found at www.georgiastandards.org.

  • Benjamin Franklin

    "What's the Big Idea Ben Franklin?", written by J. Fritz.

    Our class will be learning and reading a variety of books about Benjamin Franklin, Who is Ben Franklin? What did he invent? What is he famous for? Click on the video links below to learn about Benjamin Franklin. Any student may write a report and bring to class to share. Be sure to use kid writing, complete sentences, capital letters, spaces between your words, correct punctuation and spelling. Try to answer some of the above questions.

    Benjamin Franklin Video Clips:
    Benjamin Franklin for Kids (You Tube)
    Walt Disney's Ben and Me Part 1 (You Tube)
    Walt Disney's Ben and Me Part 2 (You Tube)

    Franklin and his Electric Kite
    Ben Franklin Lightning Rod
    Ben Franklin Lightning Rod (kid created story)




    In the first grade, students continue their introduction to United States history through the study of selected historical figures. In the history strand, students study the important contributions each historical person made. In the geography strand, students learn about where these historical people lived and explore important basic geographic concepts. The civics strand provides a study of the positive character traits exhibited by these important historical figures. The economics strand continues the introduction of basic economic concepts.
    Historical Understandings
    SS1H1 The student will read about and describe the life of historical figures in American history.

    a. Identify the contributions made by these figures: Benjamin Franklin (inventor/author/ statesman),Thomas Jefferson (Declaration of Independence),Meriwether Lewis and William Clark with Sacagawea (exploration), Harriet Tubman (Underground Railroad), Theodore Roosevelt (National Parks and the environment), George Washington Carver (science).
    b. Describe how everyday life of these historical figures is similar to and different from everyday life in the present (food, clothing, homes, transportation, communication, recreation).
    SS1H2 The student will read or listen to American folktales and explain how they characterize our national heritage. The study will include John Henry, Johnny Appleseed, Davy Crockett, Paul Bunyan, and Annie Oakley.

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