Dr. Lee-Anne T. Spalding; Kendra Hazen


Elementary Education; Social Studies; Lesson Plans; Unit Plans; Geography; College of Community Innovation and Education; First Grade; Maps; Globes


Designed by pre-service teachers, this fifteen-day Social Studies unit covers first-grade Florida Social Studies Sunshine State Standards and Florida B.E.S.T. Standards while incorporating Universal Design for Learning strategies, English Language strategies, and opportunities for students to engage with educational technology in various capacities. This unit is complete with a daily Instructional Guide for teachers, turnkey student-facing materials, lists of or links to any necessary resources not created by the authors, and a post-assessment. During this unit, students will explore, analyze, and construct maps. The students learn about what a globe is and how they are similar to and different from traditional maps. The daily lessons delve into the elements of maps, including cardinal directions, map symbols, and map keys, in addition to the seven continents and what makes each of these land masses unique. Through developmentally appropriate songs, games, and books, students will be highly engaged throughout this geography unit.

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