Communities and Culture
Age 7-9: Concept 2 - Change: Unit 2

Follow the adventures of the Blinkerton kids as they travel back in time and learn what life was really like in ancient Egypt and the Middle Ages.

This unit can be used independently but is designed to be used in conjunction with the science and social studies unit Communities Change Over Time.


  • Able to read and comprehend chapter books on a 3rd or early 4th grade reading level
  • Can answer comprehension questions about a chapter in a journal
  • Able to write three or four sentences on a topic
  • Usually used by children in third grade

Table of Contents

  • Lesson 1: Getting Started (2 Days)
  • Lesson 2: Where Are We?
  • Lesson 3: The King
  • Lesson 4: Back Home
  • Lesson 5: A Day in Egypt
  • Lesson 6: Middle Ages (2 Days)
  • Lesson 7: Off to the Castle
  • Lesson 8: Return Home (2 Days)
  • Lesson 9: Writing About History (2 Days)
  • Final Project: Elements of Change

Summary of Skills

Moving Beyond the Page is based on state and national standards. These standards are covered in this unit.
  • Compose first drafts using an appropriate writing process by planning and drafting, reading for meaning, and revising to clarify and refine writing. (Language Arts)
  • Connect and compare information within and across selections (fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and drama) to experience and knowledge. (Language Arts)
  • Discuss an author's structural decisions and word choice. (Language Arts)
  • Identify and describe characters in a text. (Language Arts)
  • Interpret information from diagrams, charts, and maps. (Language Arts)
  • Locate examples of author's use of capitalization. (Language Arts)
  • Locate information in text for specific purposes. (Language Arts)
  • Make predictions about a text. (Language Arts)
  • Plan and make judgments about what to include in written products (e.g., narratives of personal experiences, creative stories, skits based on familiar stories and/or experiences). (Language Arts)
  • Read and comprehend text by making inferences and drawing conclusions. (Language Arts)
  • Read and comprehend text by recognizing text structure. (Language Arts)
  • Read expository materials for answers to specific questions. (Language Arts)
  • Read text to locate information and answer specific questions. (Language Arts)
  • Recall the main idea, facts, and details from a text. (Language Arts)
  • Relate personal experiences to those found in text. (Language Arts)
  • Use capitalization correctly when writing. (Language Arts)
  • Use editing to check and confirm the correct use of conventions such as complete sentences and correct word order in sentences. (Language Arts)
  • Use media and technology to enhance the presentation of information to an audience for a specific purpose. (Language Arts)
  • Use new vocabulary in speaking and writing. (Language Arts)
  • Use text for a variety of functions, including literary, informational, and practical. (Language Arts)
  • Write structured, informative presentations and narratives when given help with organization. (Language Arts)
  • Create a model and solve a problem. (Math)
  • Create a model. (Math)
  • Use area or region models. (Math)
  • Analyze the effects of change in communities. (Social Studies)
  • Cite ways people modify the physical environment to meet their needs, and explain the consequences. (Social Studies)
  • Compare similarities and differences among cultures in various communities. (Social Studies)
  • Compare similarities and differences between self and others. (Social Studies)
  • Define geography and use geographic terms to describe landforms, bodies of water, weather, and climate. (Social Studies)
  • Describe similarities and differences among families in different communities. (Social Studies)
  • Identify multiple roles performed by individuals in their families and communities. (Social Studies)
  • Identify the absolute and relative location of communities. (Social Studies)
  • Recognize and demonstrate examples of the elective process. (Social Studies)
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