Students will use the teacher created exploration tub, charts and cards to understand the concept of "Then and Now."
Main Curriculum Tie:
1st Grade - Content
Standard 2 Objective 2
Describe important aspects of the community and culture that strengthen relationships.
- Great Grandma and I by Brenda Parkes
- “Then and Now” chart
- “Then and Now” cards
- “Then and Now” exploration tub
- sticky notes
Background For Teachers:
This lesson works great as part of a Balanced Literacy approach to
integration. The book portion of this activity is designed to be used as a
read aloud or a guided reading lesson. The exploration tub portion of this
activity works great as a learning center following the shared reading
Prior to teaching this lesson, you need to collect the materials for
your exploration tub. Examples of then and now items for you tub could
be: tomato seed and tomato, baby picture and picture of a child, picture
of horse and buggy and picture of a car, tadpole and frog, chalk and white
board marker, etc.
Intended Learning Outcomes:
Intended Learning Outcomes:
5. Understand and use basic concepts and skills.
Segmentation and blending
Invitation to Learn
“It is hard to believe it now, but once you were a baby. Now you are a
first grader who is learning and doing many things on your own. How have you
changed from that baby to how you are now? What things did you do then? What
things can you do now? Has your family changed? Has your house changed? What
else has changed?”
- When reading Great Grandma and I to the class or with a small group of
students, focus on the then and now aspect of the material. You may want to
read the book more than once, focusing on different elements each time.
- Give each student two sticky notes and have them draw or write a then and
now item. (i.e. on one sticky note they could draw a baby, on another a child).
- Invite each student to come forward and explain their items and place them
on the chart appropriately. (You will need to enlarge the “Then and
Now” chart included with this lesson in order to do this activity.)
- Later in small groups or as a learning center, have children work on the
“then and now” exploration tub. Using the “then and now”
chart, they can work together to place items in the correct place.
could color, cut, sort, and glue the “Then and Now” cards on their
own “Then and Now” chart.
Possible Extensions/ Adaptations
Focusing on the then and now concept, students could notice how families change
over time (Standard II, Objective 1, Indicator c) Students could also focus
on names and features of animals as babies and adults (i.e. chick to chicken,
tadpole to frog, kid to goat).
Using the age of the first grader as a time frame (6 or 7 years ago as “then”),
have students complete a “Then and Now” chart for each member of
their family. Students could interview a grandparent or elder member of their
community. Ask them what school was like when they were your age. What was their
favorite thing to do at recess. How did they get to school. What did they eat for lunch and where? Ask any other appropriate
questions. Have children write a short report telling about each interview.
Observe children as they complete the exploration tub. You will also be able
to assess students on how they sorted the “Then and Now” cards.
Created Date :
Aug 08 2003 13:10 PM