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Lesson Idea Name: Can you spot where you are from?
Content Area: Social Studies
Grade Level(s): first grade
Content Standard Addressed: SS1G2 Identify and locate the student’s city, county, state, nation (country),
and continent on a simple map or a globe.

Technology Standard Addressed: 4-Innovative Designer
Selected Technology Tool: Microsoft Excel

URL(s) to support the lesson (if applicable):

Bloom’s Taxonomy Level(s):

☒ Remembering ☒ Understanding ☒ Applying ☐ Analyzing ☐ Evaluating ☐ Creating



Levels of Technology Integration (LoTi Level):
☐ Level 1: Awareness ☐ Level 2: Exploration ☐ Level 3: Infusion ☒ Level 4: Integration

☐ Level 5: Expansion ☐ Level 6: Refinement



Universal Design for Learning (UDL):
• This is a way for students of all learning abilities to interact with other students in their class
• Microsoft Excel can be used for students who learn better visually, for instance making a graph, or for
students who prefer to use a computer instead of writing on a piece of paper
• If a student would prefer to not read about the information they could look up videos on their city or
state
• Students could pair up with a more extroverted partner to share the information they gathered in the
case that they do not like speaking in front of the class.
Lesson idea implementation: The teacher will begin the lesson by introducing students to what the map of
the world looks like, then a more specific look at our continent, country, state, and city. The teacher can ask
students if they can define any states or capitals on the map. Then the teacher can give them the basic
information on the state and city that they live in currently. Before introducing the assignment, the students
will be sent home with the homework of asking their parents where they were born (city and state) if the
student does not already know.

The students will come the next day with the needed information and you can give them the opportunity to
share the information with their classmates. Then the teacher will pull up the list of students in her class on
Microsoft Excel and go one by one and ask the students the city and state where they were born.

After compiling the list of city and states make two separate graphs so students can see if there are any
overlaps within the class. You could end the lesson here by making sure the students can locate where they
are from on the map and you could even mark it with a push pin on a physical map.
Reflective Practice: This gives young students the knowledge and confidence of knowing where they were
born and where they live. To further extend this lesson you could have them research information on the city
and state they were born in. for instance the state capital, state bird, what the state flag looks like, etc. You
could use websites like BrainPop.com to watch videos or complete quizzes on their city or state. They could
then present that information in the class in one of their chosen methods. They could make a power point,
poster board, or talk through and present it to the class. You could even go to other classes and poll them

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with the same questions and create a graph of their own or add them to your classes graph. Doing this gives
students in different classes the opportunity to form relationships with each other.

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