Daily Life – Then and Now Unit Plan

Unit Plan

Daily Life – Then and Now Unit Plan

8 x Lessons |1 x Assessment | Suitable for Grade: 1

This History unit covers a range of concepts relating to how daily life of the present is different from the past and how it could change in the future.

It consists of 8 lessons of appropriately 60 minutes duration.

The sequence of lessons and suggested time frames should be regarded as a guide only; teachers should pace lessons in accordance with the individual learning needs of their class.

An assessment task for monitoring student understanding of the unit objective is included, and will require an additional lesson.

 Overview

Objectives

  • To compare daily family life from the past with the present.
  • To identify an everyday object as a toy and describe how it is used in daily life.
  • To describe the features of a present day toy.
  • To compare toys from the past with the present.
  • To identify different types of modern transport and how they are used.
  • To compare past and present transport and describe how it has changed over time.
  • To explain how we communicate with others.
  • To explain how communication devices have changed over time.

Preparing for Learning

This History unit provides excellent opportunities for cross-curricular integration. Look for ways to meaningfully integrate the content of the unit with other learning areas e.g. Literacy, Numeracy, The Arts.

Prior to commencing the unit, create a past and present display in your classroom. Display teaching resources in the classroom that will stimulate the students’ interest and assist in their learning For examples of teaching resources to display in your classroom, browse the Past and Present collection on the Teach Starter website.

Some of the resources which accompany this unit plan will need to be prepared prior to teaching. For this reason, it is advised that teachers browse through all lessons before commencing the unit.

 Lessons

60 minutes
Lesson 1

Family Life - Then and Now

A 60 minute lesson in which students will compare daily family life from the past with the present.

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60 minutes
Lesson 2

Identifying and Classifying Toys

A 60 minute lesson in which students will identify an everyday object as a toy and describe how it is used in daily life.

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60 minutes
Lesson 3

Toys From Today

A 60 minute lesson in which students will describe the features of a present day toy.

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60 minutes
Lesson 4

Toys From the Past

A 60 minute lesson in which students will compare toys from the past with the present.

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60 minutes
Lesson 5

A Life with Transport

A 60 minute lesson in which students will identify different types of modern transport and how they are used.

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60 minutes
Lesson 6

Transport - Then and Now

A 60 minute lesson in which students will compare past and present transport and describe how it has changed over time.

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60 minutes
Lesson 7

Let's Communicate!

A 60 minute lesson in which students will explain how we communicate with others.

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60 minutes
Lesson 8

Communicating Through Time

A 60 minute lesson in which students will explain how communication devices have changed over time.

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60 minutes
Lesson 9 (Assessment)

A Comparison of Daily Life - Assessment Task

An inquiry-based assessment task in which students will demonstrate how their world is different from the past and how it might change in the future.

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  NSW Curriculum alignment

  Australian Curriculum alignment


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