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Differentiated Unit Plan 1
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The Differentiated Unit Plan that will be developed during this course is designed for the unit theme of Geography. The focus will be on weather maps. First grade students will
view, understand, and learn the different types of weather maps and why they are used. Science also ties into this unit. Students will learn basic information about weather,
including climate, temperatures, and precipitation. Students will create and present national weather maps showing different conditions. Class Description:
This lesson is being prepared for 10 mainstream first grade students. There is one teacher and one aide. Six boys and three girls. The class consist of students with ADHD, ESL,
learning disabilities, while others, though undiagnosed, thought to have a form of a mental/compulsive disability.
Matthew has a hard time keeping his hands to himself. The teacher aid usually shadows Matthew to prevent him from biting, kicking, or hurting other students. Matthew has not
been diagnosed with any disability, however he is aggressive and needs one on one time to stay focused on his work. Matthews’s parents are in the process of getting him tested for
a disability. When he is focused he generally is on the same level as most first grade students.
Eric is very quiet and very shy. He does not speak up or volunteer to give answers to questions. He can complete his work on his own as long as he doesn’t not feel threatened by
anyone else. Eric sits closest to the front corner by the teacher’s desk and where the teacher stands when giving instructions.
Sylis and Donahue are twins that are also quiet and very introverted. They both do great work they just keep to themselves.
Brayden has ADHD and is very outgoing and talkative. Brayden has trouble staying focused and needs to be reminded to stay on task.
Marie is a girl that has a learning disability and struggles with reading, and writing. Marie is on grade level in all her other subjects. Morgan is very outgoing and above grade level
in all her work, However she has a hard time completing her work I a timely matter because she likes to talk and socialize with others. Morgan needs reminders to complete her
work before she socializes.
Crystal has not been diagnosed with anything however, she tends to become upset easily and doesn’t understand not getting her way. When she does not win at a game, challenge
or does poorly on an assignment he can cry and throw a tantrum. Reminders are given to the class throughout the day that all I except is for them to do their best and about having
good sportsmanship attitude.
Jon is a very bright boy that is outgoing and loves to help others. Jon is in the top of his class and has mastery of all subject except gym time. Jon does not like to participate in
physical education but will do so with little complaining.
Dustin is an ESL student with his primary language Spanish. He is a very bright boy that likes to help others. He is very empathetic and kind. Dustin has the potential to be in the
top of his class however, he is still learning to speak and write in fluent English.
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Subject 1/ Topic: 1stGrade Social Studies: Geography
State Standards/SOL: View, understand, and learn the different types of weather maps and why they are used Day
Students will recognizing
What are symbols? Why
Show students different map symbols.
Divide class into groups
Evaluate each groups map.
basic map symbols,
would they be important to use
giving each a different
including references to
on a map?
map to label with
land, water, cities, and
cutouts of map symbols.
roads with 80% accuracy
Students will know
Why are symbols important?
Use a compass to show how we can know
Divide the class into
Play the four corners game.
cardinal directions on
locations and therefore read directions.
four groups. Each group
maps with 80% accuracy
is assigned a cardinal
direction to place I one
of the correct four
corners of the
Students will identifying
What is the name of the place
Show the United States and Virginia silhouette
Students should be able to
the shapes of the
where we live? Is it the name
Students will match
match the U.S. and Virginia.
United States and
of our city, state or country?
different shapes of
Virginia on maps and
different countries and
globes with 80%
The students will
Read “Captain Red’s Gold”.
Discuss what cardinal directions are and why
Students make a map of
Have the students write
construct a simple map of
they were important to Captain Red. And ask the
directions from their hose to
their neighborhood, using
class where would they burry treasure in their
Make an X where the
the treasure using 5 symbols
basic map symbols
or cardinal directions
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