Collaborative Learning: Entry Level

K-4 Lesson

Places People Lived: Houses Then and Now

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Grade Level


Classroom Configuration

  • Whole group instruction, using a projector and / or interactive white board.

Common Core State Standards: ELA

  • Social Studies

    • Strand 1: American History
      • Concept 1: Research Skills for History
        • PO 3: Use primary source materials (e.g., photos, artifacts and maps) to study people and events from the past.
    • Strand 4: Geography
      • Concept 4: Human Systems
        • PO 1: Discuss elements of a culture (food, clothing, housing, sports, holidays) of a community in area studied (e.g., Arizona, Egypt, local community).

    Common Core State Standards: ELA
    Comprehension and Collaboration
    Participate in collaborative conversations with diverse partners about grade 1 topics and texts with peers and adults in small and larger groups.
    a. Follow agreed-upon rules for discussions (e.g., listening to others with care, speaking one at a time about the topics and texts under discussion).
    b. Build on others talk in conversations by responding to the comments of others through multiple exchanges.
    c. Ask questions to clear up any confusion about the topics and texts under discussion.
    Ask and answer questions about key details in a text read aloud or information presented orally or through other media.
    Presentation of Knowledge and Ideas
    Add drawings or other visual displays to descriptions when appropriate to clarify ideas, thoughts, and feelings.


    Arizona Educational Technology Standards (2009)

    • Strand 3: Research and Information Literacy
      • Concept 1: Knowledge and Ideas
        • PO 1: Evaluate information to generate ideas
      • Concept 2: Processing
        • PO 2: Use pre-selected sources.
    1. Evaluate visual information to generate new ideas about places people have lived.
    2. Identify where and when American settlers lived.
    3. Compare living in a sod house with life in a typical home today.


    • Show video segment from Discovery Streaming: Different Kinds of Shelter. Use this to help students visualize each type of home.
    • Engage students in a discussion of some of the reasons for their differences.
    • Show video segment, with primary source photos,  from Discovery Streaming: Places: Learning How Houses Have Changed Over Time, and photographs from the Library of Congress, American Memory section)  to compare houses of the past with houses today.
    • Guide students through an analysis of these primary source documents of pioneer life by focusing on one or two images in a class discussion.
    • Have students draw picture of a house they learned about.
    Students will draw a picture showing two types of houses they learned about.

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