Past, Present and Future
3rd Grade Oral Language Resources
Students will:• Learn about the concepts of past, present, and future.
• Access prior knowledge and build background about the past, present, and future, and the differences between them.
• Explore and apply understanding of the concept of past, present and future.
Students will:• Demonstrate an understanding of past, present, and future.
• Orally use words that identify the differences between the past, present, and future.
• Extend oral vocabulary by discussing technological advancements from the past to the present, and by predicting further advancements in the future.
• Use key concept words [city, buildings, travel, past, present, future].
Explain• Use the slideshow to review the key concept words.
• Explain that students are going to learn about past, present, and future:
• That towns and cities looked much different in the past.
• That many advancements have been made in nearly every area of life over the years.
• That the future will hold even more changes and advancements.
Model• After the host introduces the slideshow, point to the photo on screen. Ask students: What do you see in this photograph? When do you think this photograph could have been taken? (a town center, a street; present• day, today, recently).
• Ask students: What do you think this same street would have looked like many years ago? How will it look many years from now? (very different; different houses, different cars, people dressed/will dress differently, and so forth).
• Say: The world looks very different today in the present than it did years ago in the past. Many things have changed over the years, and things will continue to change over the years into the future. What things have changed from last year? (computers, cars, phones, etc.)
Guided Practice• Guide students through the next three slides, showing them what different eras of American life have looked like. Always have the students describe what the future might look like.
Apply• Play the games that follow. Have them discuss with their partner the different topics that appear during the Talk About It feature.
• After the first game, ask students to discuss the ways in which things have changed from past to present. After the second game, have them discuss how they think things will change from the present to the future.
Close• Ask students: What kinds of changes do you hope to see in the future?
• Summarize for students that things change over time. As technology develops, everything changes. Encourage them to think about how things would be different if things hadn't changed.