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Grade Range: K-5
Resource Type(s): Reviewed Websites, Lessons & Activities
Duration: 90 minutes
Date Posted: 10/11/2016
This inquiry is an exploration into the concepts of time, continuity, and change in a community with the dual purpose of establishing students’ understandings of the passage of time and explaining why the past matters today. The inquiry taps into a common student assumption about the authority of the present and its existence independent of past events and contexts. One way to explore present circumstances is through an examination of the short- and long-term effects of the past. The constructs of cause and effect are complex, chiefly because multiple causes may be associated with one event, just as multiple effects can be tied to a single cause. Through identifying the relationship of cause and effect, students learn to recognize how continuity and change over time help us understand historical developments in our present communities.
Historical Thinking Standards (Grades K-4)
Standards in History (Grades K-4)
2: History of Students' Local Community and How Communities in North America Varied Long Ago
2A: The student understands the history of his or her local community.
2B: The student understands how communities in North America varied long ago.
Common Core State Standards (Grades K-12)
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.W.2 (Text Types and Purposes): Write informative/explanatory texts to examine and convey complex ideas and information clearly and accurately through the effective selection, organization, and analysis of content.
College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Framework for Social Studies State Standards (Grades K-2)
D4.2.K-2. (Communicating and Critiquing Conclusions): Construct explanations using correct sequence and relevant information.
D4.3.K-2. (Communicating and Critiquing Conclusions): Present a summary of an argument using print, oral, and digital technologies.
College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Framework for Social Studies State Standards (Grades 3-5)
D2.His.3.3-5. (History): Generate questions about individuals and groups who have shaped significant historical changes and continuities.
D2.His.9.3-5. (History): Summarize how different kinds of historical sources are used to explain events in the past.
D3.3.3-5. (Developing Claims and Using Evidence): Identify evidence that draws information from multiple sources in response to compelling questions.
D4.2.3-5. (Communicating and Critiquing Conclusions): Construct explanations using reasoning, correct sequence, examples, and details with relevant information and data.
D4.3.3-5. (Communicating and Critiquing Conclusions): Present a summary of arguments and explanations to others outside the classroom using print and oral technologies (e.g., posters, essays, letters, debates, speeches, and reports) and digital technologies (e.g., Internet, social media, and digital documentary).