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LESSON PLAN OUTLINE

JMU Elementary Education Program


Kelsey Mercadante
Mrs. Lowery, Paul Munro Elementary School, 1st Grade
Date: Mon. September 21st, 2015. Time: 2:05-2:30

A. TITLE OF LESSON: Communities – Volunteers
B. CONTEXT OF LESSON
During this lesson, students will learn about volunteers. Students will learn what a volunteer
is. Students will identify five things they can do to volunteer in our community.
C. UNWRAPPING THE VIRGINIA STANDARDS OF LEARNING
1. Grade Level and Content Area:
 First Grade: Social Studies
2. Standard and Indicators:
 S.S: SOL 1.12 - The student will recognize that communities in
Virginia
b) benefit from people who volunteer in their
communities
Blooms Taxonomy
Levels:
Understand
D. LEARNING OBJECTIVES
Understand

Know

Do

U1: Volunteers help
communities.

K1: Volunteer: to offer or give
without being asked or forced.
K2: Volunteers usually do not
get paid.

D1: Identify and write 5 things
they can do to volunteer in
their community.

E. ASSESSING LEARNING
I will assess students through observation and their participation in the activity. Each student
will complete a writing activity where they will identify 5 things they can do to volunteer in
their community. Each student will trace their hand and then write a volunteer act on each
finger. (Example: boy scouts, daily bread, hospital, etc.).
F. MATERIALS NEEDED

1. Smart Board
2. White computer paper (17)
3. Pencil
G. PROCEDURE
Prep:

Gather white computer paper for each student

Engage:
 Introduce concept of Volunteer.
 Write volunteer on board, but with missing letters to engage students.
 Say definition: to offer, help or give without being asked or forced. You do not get paid.
 Have students guess the word, volunteer.
 Pass white computer paper out or get paper helper to
Implementation:
 Tell students to trace their hand.
o Ask students, “What does a hand have to do with Volunteers/Volunteering?
o Have you heard of the phrase, “To give a helping hand?”  it means to help!
 Have students name ways we can volunteer.
o Parent volunteers at school, boy scouts, girl scouts/brownies, daily bread, big
brothers big sisters, meals on wheels (people prepare food and deliver it to people
in need, some fire fighters volunteer – in Forest –my town I live in)
 Write answers on smart board and have students write down 1 way they can volunteer in
the community on each finger, on the hand that they traced.
 Students will write 5 ways to volunteer in the community.
Closure:
 Tell the class, now they know how to volunteer! Tomorrow we will participate in a
volunteer activity. 
H. WHAT COULD GO WRONG WITH THIS LESSON AND WHAT WILL YOU DO
ABOUT IT?


Students may not know what the word is, once I say the definition of volunteer.
o I could guide the students to the word by giving more hints. Example- Some parents
do this when they come help out at school.. they are called…
Students may not seem to be engaged
o I will quickly engage students by asking them a question about volunteers.
Students may not know of any volunteers.
o I could guide students to thinking about volunteers in our community. I know some
of the students are boy scouts. I know some of the students have parents as
volunteers.
A student’s finger may be too small for the student to write in.
o The student can write next to the finger.