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Who Am I?, Understanding Ourselves, and Building a Culture of Empathy and Caring in Kindergarten.

School(s): Caroline Elementary
Grade(s): Kindergarten
Subject(s): Reading, Writing, Art, Technology,  Social Studies
Essential Question(s)
Who am I?
How does my environment influence me?
How do I influence my environment?
What does it mean to be a friend? 
Case Study At A Glance
Kindergarteners began the year working to understand themselves, their role in their families and class, and learn how their actions and feelings influence the people around them. Using iPads, reading, story writing, and collaborative art, they learned to recognize and appreciate their shared commonalities and individual uniqueness. Project involved self-portraits that were shared at a community celebration. 
Standards Addressed/Long Term Learning Targets

Social Studies 
  • Sense of self is shaped by many experiences that are both unique and shared. (SS.K.1)
  • Each person is unique, but also shares characteristics of themselves and are similar to others. (SS.K.2a)
  • Everyone has rights and responsibilities within the classroom. (SS.K.4)
  • People make and change rules and rules affect everyone. (SS.K.5)
  • Describe measurable attributes of a single object. (K.MD.1)
  • Compare two objects with a measurable attribute in common and describe the difference. (K.MD.2)
  • Use shapes to create illustrations. (K.G.6)
  • With prompting and support, students will be able to ask and answer questions about key details in a text (K-RL1)
  • Students will actively participate in discussions about texts (K-RI10)
  • Students will be able to point to front cover, back cover and title page of a book (K-RI5)
  • Use a combination of drawing, dictating, and writing to compose opinion pieces in which they tell a reader the topic or the name of the book they are writing about and state an opinion preference about the book topic or book (K-W10)
  • Use a combination of drawing, dictating, and writing to compose informative/explanatory texts in which they name what they are writing about to supply some information about the topic. (K-W2)
  • With guidance and support recall information from experiences or gather information to answer a question. (K-W80)
National Core Visual Arts
  • Create art that tells a story about a life experience (VA:Cn10.1.Ka)
  • Identify a purpose of an artwork (VA:Cn11.1.Ka)
  • Describe what an image represents (VA:Re.7.2.Ka)
  • Explain the process of marking art while creating (VA:Cr3.1.Ka)
  • Engage in exploration and imagination play with materials (VA:cr1.1.Ka)
  • The Best Part of Me by Wendy Ewald
  • Lily and the Purple Plastic Purse by Kevin Henkes
  • The Name Jar by Yangsook Choi
  • Me First by Helen Lester
  • Don’t Squeal Unless It’s a Big Deal by Jeanie Franz Ransom
  • What I Like About Me by Allia Zobel-Nolan
  • What I Do Best by Allia Zobel-Nolan
  • When I Care About Others by Cornelia Maude Spelman
  • How Full is Your Bucket for Kids by Tom Rath and Mary Reckmeyer
  • It’s OK to be Different by Todd Parr
  • It’s OK to Make Mistakes by Todd Parr
  • I Like Me! by Nancy Carlson
  • ABC I Like Me! by Nancy Carlson
  • The Color of Us by Karen Katz
  • Chrysanthemum by Kevin Henkes