Social Studies: Lessons on Perspective
The social studies component of the Term III project was slightly different from the other content areas in that we did not teach the lessons we prepared. Instead, we wrote two lesson plans using a simplified template, reflected on how our strengths and weaknesses as teachers would affect our teaching of those lessons, and compiled a briefly annotated list of resources pertaining to our lessons' theme. Since we did not teach the lessons, the social studies assignment is not linked to our overarching inquiry question.
I wrote two lessons for my kindergarten class to teach them about point of view. The lessons are founded in children's literature, particularly fairy tales and a book called Duck! Rabbit! by Amy Krouse Rosenthal. Upon viewing the book trailer, the usefulness of this text in teaching children about seeing an image, and eventually the world, from more than one perspective is evident. These lessons on perspective would eventually unfold into a unit on empathy, stepping into someone else's shoes, and healthy conflict resolution.