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Social Studies Direct Instruction Lesson Plan

Grade Level/Subject:
Central Focus: Answering questions to prepare for tomorrows Social
Third/Social Studies
Studies test.
Essential Standard/Common Core Objective:
Understand the development, structure and function of
local government.
3.C&G.1.2 Describe the structure of local government and how it
functions to serve citizens.
Understand how citizens participate in their communities.
Exemplify how citizens contribute politically, socially and
economically to their community.
Exemplify how citizens contribute to the well-being of the
communitys natural environment.

Date submitted:

Date taught:

Daily Lesson Objective: Students will answer questions from a jeopardy game when it is their turn. In order to display
mastery students must provide the correct answers to their questions. Students must work together in order to
determine the right answers.
21st Century Skills: Life and Career SkillsAcademic Language Demand (Language Function and Vocabulary):
Social and Cross-Culture Skills: throughout
the entire lesson when communication is
required amongst the groups.
Prior Knowledge:
Students must know about local government, taxes, citizens, volunteers, and other topics from this given unit from their
Social Studies books.


1. Focus and Review

Description of Activities and Setting

The teacher will have the students count off to 5. Put the 1's together, 2's
together, 3's together, 4's together, and 5's together (5 groups of 4). Assign
each group a captain. Have the students push 4 of the desks in their area
together and sit quietly when ready to move on. Once all of the students are
seated ask them questions like "by raising your hands, who can tell me
something that you have recently learned in Social Studies?" (allow time for
them to think as well as time to discuss). Call on a few different students to
get a variety of answers. Ask the students maybe one or two specific
questions from the game like "who can tell me what a volunteer does?".
Once they are in the Social Studies mindset you can ask them if any of them


2. Statement of Objective
for Student

3. Teacher Input

4. Guided Practice

5. Independent Practice

6. Assessment Methods of
all objectives/skills:

7. Closure

has ever played jeopardy before? or maybe heard or seen it? (allow time for
discussion). "Who can tell me and the class how to play jeopardy?" (allow
time for discussion).
The teacher will tell the students that today we are going to play a review
game called Team Jeopardy. By the end of the lesson the students will be
able to correctly answer questions that they might encounter on their Social
Studies test.
The teacher will further explain how they are going to play the game as a
class. Provide the students with demonstrations as to how they need to tell
you the specific location of the question they want. Example: A1 (questions 1
worth 100 points). Be sure to explain to them that they decide as a group as
to what questions they are going to pick and their team captain will be the
one to call out their selections. They will also need to understand the
concept of the possible steals that could happen. Provide them with an
example and explain that is one of the reasons why it is important to be quiet
while it is the other groups turns because another table might get the chance
to steal the points. Tell the students that another way to help them study
and prepare for their test it to write down all the questions they hear during
the game as well as the answers so they can study them.
The students will begin the game starting with the group of your choice (the
group who is quiet and ready to begin). Each group with get multiple turns
and each group will receive the same amount of questions to avoid any
arguments. Once all of the questions have been completed the students will
add their points up for their total.
Test The next day the students will take their Social Studies test with 17
questions. The students will take the test individually. They may use their
Social Studies books if they need to. Once they have completed the test they
may place it face down in the chair at the front of the classroom, return back
to their seat and read quietly until everyone is finished.
The teacher will collect the students' completed tests and see if they provided correct
answers to the questions. If the student correctly answered 14 out of 17 questions that
would be considered meeting the objective. If the student answered less than 14
questions that would be considered not meeting the objective. Those who do not meet
the objective would need another opportunity to review their materials from the unit.
Then they will answer the same questions to see if they meet the objective.
After the game is completed the students will add up their groups points on
their own sheet of paper to see when their total is. The captains of the
groups will say aloud their point totals. There will be some groups with
higher totals and some groups with lower totals. Be sure to explain to the
students that the jeopardy game isn't about winning or losing it's about
everyone feeling more prepared for the Social Studies test so if everyone

feels prepared that means everyone is a winner!

8. Assessment Results of
all objectives/skills:
Targeted Students Modifications/Accommodations:
One student will need to have the jeopardy questions
as well as the test questions read aloud to them. If
there are any other students who need any type of
modification or accommodation will be given a
different worksheet containing different questions or
do something verbal with the teacher or the TA.

Student/Small Group Modifications/Accommodations:

Those who need extra practice with this Social Studies unit, I
will have a one on one session with the group and review the
lesson and ask them questions during the review and check for
understanding. I will also allow them to ask any sort of
questions they might have.

Jeopardy Game questions, points, dry erase marker (teacher use), paper, and pencils.

References: Harcourt Social Studies book

Reflection on lesson:
Before the start of my two weeks I had no clue as to what I was going to teach for Social Studies. I'm not going to lie, it
actually terrified me to think about teaching a lesson on a subject I had never taught before. Not to mention I was never
able to see myself as a person who did well in Social Studies. I was nervous because I didn't want to teach them the
wrong thing nor did I want to teach them something that wasn't developmentally appropriate. So I asked their teacher
what was going on in the land of Social Studies in the 3rd grade. She said they had a really big test coming up and that's
where my jeopardy idea came from!
My social studies lesson went really well! I was absolutely blown away by what all they students knew. They worked well
in groups and had their question selections ready for their next turn. They quietly as a group decided what questions
they wanted. When it wasn't their turn, they were respectful of the other groups. The students wrote down all of the
questions as well the answers throughout the game. My lesson also incorporated reading throughout the entire lesson,
and math at the end when they added their points. It worked out well because they were adding 3 digit numbers that
week in math! The game ended in a tie, then a steal! I explained to them that it's not about winning or losing. It's about
knowing the material and doing well on the test tomorrow and that they did. The next day the class took their Social
Studies test and I graded them right away. I am proud to say that the grades were mainly 94's and 100's! Seeing what

how well they all did on their tests' was a reward in itself!