Lesson 1 - Community Social Studies Unit

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Some problems are so big it takes an entire community to solve them. So was the case in the children's book Humphrey the Lost Whale: A True Story by Wendy Tokuda and Richard Hall. This primary grade instructional activity uses a class read-aloud of this amazing tale to teach young learners about what is means to be part of a community. A straightforward instructional activity that would make a great addition a community-themed instructional activity series in the primary grades.

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CCSS: Adaptable

  • Provides questions to guide class discussions before, during, and after a reading of the story
  • Offers adaptations for English Language Learners
  • Allows for interdisciplinary connections between social studies and language arts
  • Involves students in a combination of both whole group and partner discussions

  • Requires a copy of the book Humphrey the Lost Whale: A True Story by Wendy Tokuda and Richard Hall
  • Teacher must provide clear expectations for participating in pair sharing