Last updated: 4/7/2019


Grade 1 Social Studies: Yearlong Overview + Inquiries

  Subject:   Social Studies, Social Studies (NYS K-12 Framework Common Core)
  Grade:   Elementary, 1st Grade
  Unit Title:  

My Family and Other Families, Now and Long Ago

  Approx. Number of Weeks:  

Yearlong Overview

Unit Summary:

Grade 1: My Family and Other Families, Now and Long Ago


“My Family and Other Families, Now and Long Ago” is organized around the same five units of study that organize kindergarten Social Studies—Individual Development and Cultural Identity; Civic Ideals and Practices; Geography, Humans, and the Environment; Time, Continuity, and Change; and Economic Systems. These units represent five of the unifying themes of social studies, and may be presented in any order.


Students examine families and develop an awareness of cultural diversity within the American culture. Responsible citizenship is introduced, as well as the role of authority in making rules and laws. The students will increase their geography skills through the use of maps and directions. Family history provides the basis for examining sources of information and organizing that information. Economic terminology and principles are introduced in the context of family resources, as well as in making economic decisions.

Next Generation Skills Addressed:
   Collaboration & Communication
   Creativity & Innovation
   Critical Thinking & Problem Solving
   Research & Information Fluency
   Social & Emotional Intelligence

1. What will students know and be able to do?


SS.1.ID.1 - Language, beliefs, customs, and traditions help shape the identity and culture of a family and a community.

SS.1.ID.2 - There are significant individuals, historical events, and symbols that are important to American cultural identity.

SS.1.CIV.3 - A citizen is a member of a community or group. Students are citizens of their local and global communities.

SS.1.CIV.4 - People create governments in order to create peace and establish order. Laws are created to protect the rights and define the responsibilities of individuals and groups.

SS.1.GEO.5 - The location and place of physical features and man-made structures can be described and interpreted using symbols and geographic vocabulary.

SS.1.GEO.6 - People and communities depend on and modify their physical environment in order to meet basic needs.

SS.1.TCC.7 - Families have a past and change over time. There are different types of documents that relate family histories. (NOTE: Teachers will use their professional judgment and demonstrate sensitivity regarding the varied family structures of their students and availability of information.)

SS.1.TCC.8 - Historical sources reveal information about how life in the past differs from the present.

SS.1.ECO.9 - People have many economic wants and needs, but limited resources with which to obtain them.

SS.1.ECO.10 - People make economic choices as producers and consumers of goods and services.

Essential Understandings:

The past creates who we are.  (H) 

Change occurs over time.  (H)

Where you live affects how you live.  (G)

Society manages its scarce resources.  (E)

Authority provides stability.  (Gov.)


Essential Questions:

Students will know:


Students will be able to:

Gather, interpret and use evidence

Apply chronological reasoning and consider causation

Compare and contextualize

Apply geographic reasoning

Analyze economics and economic systems

Engage in, and value, civic participation

*Social Studies Practices, from NYSED SS Framework

2. How will we – and they – know?

Authentic Performance Task:

Common Benchmark Assessment:

Report Card Indicators:

Asks questions, shares information and discusses self and family

Explores and investigates social studies concepts


Report Card Alignment Tool: 

ss report card alignment document gr 1 __2017.pdf

3. What learning activities will students participate in?

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