Contributor: Meghan Vestal. Lesson ID: 12063

Can you read this? Do you have a favorite book to read? Can you count your fingers and toes? If so it's because someone taught you how to read and count! No matter where you are, learning's important!


Social Studies

Social Studies
learning style
personality style
Grade Level
Primary (K-2)
Lesson Type
Dig Deeper

Lesson Plan - Get It!


Look carefully at the two pictures below. How are these images similar? How are they different? Do you see yourself in either setting?

In the first image, you see a large classroom full of students sitting at desks as they watch the teacher write on a chalkboard.

In the second image, a boy is reading at a table with an adult.

While the settings displayed in these images look very different, both of these pictures show learning taking place.

What do you call it when it's time for you to do your lessons? Tell your teacher or parent.

The idea or image of school may differ from one person to another, but the purpose is the same no matter what or where you call "school." That's because school isn't a place; it is the process of learning and teaching, the sharing of knowledge.

Some kids have to get on a bus and travel to their school or place of learning. Other kids have a special place in their home where learning takes place. How do you school? Discuss this with your parent or teacher.

Typically, homeschool classrooms are located in a home. No matter what place you call "school," school is a place where learning happens. Look at the image below of a classroom in a school building. How does your learning space compare to the image?


As you examine the picture and compare it to your learning space, discuss the following questions:

  • How many tables or desks and chairs are there in the classroom? How many tables or desks and chairs are there in your learning space?
  • Why is the number of tables or desks and chairs different in your learning space?
  • What space does the teacher use to sit and work in the classroom? Does your teacher have a space where he or she sits and works in your learning space?
  • What do the walls of the classroom look like? What do the walls in your learning space look like?

You have probably noticed there are similarities and differences between the school classroom and your learning space. The important thing to keep in mind is that no matter what space kids use for school, the purpose of school is always the same. What does school mean to you? Share your answer with your teacher or parent.

Think about what you might want to be when you grow up. Discuss with your teacher or parent what skills are important for you to study in school so that you can be prepared for that career.

When you are finished discussing, move on to the Got It? section to continue learning how the things you study at school can help you.

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