Communities Change Over Time
Age 7-9: Concept 2 - Change: Unit 2

In this unit, your child will examine various elements of culture and learn ways that technology and progress have influenced changes in culture over time. She will watch as a single street is transformed from prehistory to modern day, and she will leave her own mark on history by creating and burying a time capsule.

This unit can be used independently, but it is designed to be used concurrently with the Communities and Cultures literature unit.

Prerequisites

  • 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 second or third grade

Table of Contents

  • Lesson 1: Communities Change
  • Lesson 2: Elements of Culture
  • Lesson 3: What Is A Civilization? (2 Days)
  • Lesson 4: A Street Through Time (2 Days)
  • Lesson 5: Cultures Around the World (2 Days)
  • Lesson 6: Ancient Civilizations (2 Days)
  • Lesson 7: Medieval Times
  • Lesson 8: America Yesterday and Today (2 Days)
  • Lesson 9: Technology and Transportation
  • Final Project: Time Capsule

Summary of Skills

Moving Beyond the Page is based on state and national standards. These standards are covered in this unit.
  • Identify uses of natural resources. (Science)
  • Analyze cultural artifacts. (Social Studies)
  • Analyze environmental issues, past and present, and determine their impact on different cultures. (Social Studies)
  • Analyze important events, past and present, and determine their impact on different cultures. (Social Studies)
  • Analyze the effects of change in communities and predict future changes. (Social Studies)
  • Compare similarities and differences among cultures in various communities. (Social Studies)
  • Compare similarities and differences between self and others. (Social Studies)
  • Describe how science and technology have changed communication, transportation, and recreation. (Social Studies)
  • Describe similarities and differences among families in different communities. (Social Studies)
  • Describe similarities and differences among people in different communities. (Social Studies)
  • Describe similarities and differences between people from different cultures. (Social Studies)
  • Explain how local people and events have influenced local community history. (Social Studies)
  • Explain how science and technology have changed the way people meet their basic needs. (Social Studies)
  • Identify events associated with various cultural traditions. (Social Studies)
  • Identify historical figures and events associated with different cultures. (Social Studies)
  • Identify individuals of diverse cultures and describe their contributions to society. (Social Studies)
  • Identify multiple roles performed by individuals in their families and communities. (Social Studies)
  • Look at how technology changes communities and cultures. (Social Studies)
  • Use vocabulary related to chronology, including past, present, and future. (Social Studies)
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