Critical Challenges for Primary Students
This expanded collection of 20 detailed lesson plans invites kindergarten to grade 3 children to think critically about a range of topics drawn from language arts, mathematics, science and social studies. The teaching activities are organized around five themes: community/environment, moral dilemmas, teaching and learning from others, human nature and family.
The eight challenges in this unit focus on the similarities and differences among families. Throughout the unit, students compile and create materials for inclusion in a family memory box. The activities include creating and presenting clues about family members to other students who try to guess the identity of the mystery family member; deciding which of their family memories are the most powerful; exploring the benefits of different-sized families; and planning key aspects of an event to celebrate with their families what they have learned.
Contributing to Family and Community
The eight lessons in this resource developed by TC² for primary students explores how family and community members help meet one another’s needs. Students analyze sample and actual communities, research community roles through picture books and interviews and identity community roles in a game of charades.
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I Can Make a Difference
The nine challenges in this TC² print publication support primary students in undertaking responsible social action—in the home, at school and in the broader community. The first section is on fulfilling one's responsibilities in the face of a problem situation—from assuming one's fair share of household or school chores to welcoming a newcomer from another community or country. The second section focuses on efforts to enhance the community—deciding how to cheer up an elderly person, assembling a care package to support a homeless person and passing along an act of kindness.
Rights, Roles and Responsibilities at School
The nine challenges in this unit explore the responsibilities of various school roles, including students’ own responsibilities. In the introductory session on needs and wants, students learn to recognize what is needed for different objects to work, activities to take place and people to function. They then consider their most important learning needs at school and the responsibilities they and others have to ensure that these needs are met. In the final challenge, students monitor and assess how well they meet their responsibilities to themselves and to others.