10 Themes: Part 5: Individuals, Groups, and Institutions


Are you looking for a lesson plan that will help your students understand the purpose of institutions? This is the perfect lesson plan for you! In it your students will learn about how groups and institutions provide critical services to society.

Your students will learn to identify the institutions they encounter and the services the institutions provide. They will also have the opportunity to read about a community problem, identify the conflict and offer solutions. This lesson plan is perfect for teaching your students about compromise and how different people in our society need different things. It’s also great for helping them understand that institutions can be local, state, federal, or global in their outreach.

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This lesson plan will teach your students all about the different types of institutions they encounter in their everyday lives. They’ll learn about the services these institutions provide, and why they’re essential to society. Additionally, this lesson plan will give your students the opportunity to read about a community problem, identify the conflict, and offer solutions. By the end of this lesson plan, your students will have a better understanding of the importance of institutions, and how they can positively impact their community.

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3rd Grade, 4th Grade, 5th Grade


Social Studies

State Educational Standards

NCSS.SS.D4.2.3 – 5, NCSS.SS.D4.7.3 – 5, NCSS. SS.ECO.D2.3 – 5, LB .ELA-LITERACY.RI.3.3 – 5.3

Lessons are aligned to meet the education objectives and goals of most states. For more information on your state objectives, contact your local Board of Education or Department of Education in your state.