This is a First Grade Unit Plan.
The Anne Arundel County Public Schools first grade curriculum for Unit II is entitled I am a Citizen in a Community. My unit allowed students to examine what it means to be a part of a community, through examining commonalities they share with their classmates. Students learn and share their interests and experiences with each other, planning and creating artwork about these commonalities.
These students had not yet worked collaboratively in the art room, so part of the process focused on how students can create and plan artworks together. I used a variety of assessment that allowed different types of learners to learn and express themselves using writing, discussions, and visual art making.
I introduced this project by having students create a mind map, visually representing parts of their identities. Next, I did an interactive read-aloud with the students of Dr. Seuss’ The Sneetches. We discussed the major themes of the book, focusing primarily on community, inclusion, and commonalities.
Students were placed into groups based on common features from their identity maps- including interests, family, and their backgrounds. Students worked together to plan and create their artwork.