Then and Now
Lesson Objective
Students will use the teacher created exploration tub, charts and cards to understand the concept of "Then and Now."
Background Information for Teacher
Prior to teaching this lesson, you need to collect the materials for your exploration tub. Examples of then and now items
for you tub could be: tomato seed and tomato, baby picture and picture of a child, picture of horse and buggy and picture
of a car, tadpole and frog, chalk and whiteboard marker, etc.
Words in bold are said by the teacher.
Student Prior Knowledge
Then and Now by Tracy Soto ( Step 1)
“Then and Now” chart (Step 3)
“Then and Now” cards (Step 3)
“Then and Now” exploration tub
Sticky notes
Step-by-Step Guided Lesson
Step 1: Start Video
(Tips: Interact with the video by pausing, to ask questions or discuss information viewed with student.)
Step 2: Teach Lesson
It is hard to believe it now, but once you were a baby. Now you are a first grader who is learning and doing many
things on your own. Ask the student-How have you changed from that baby to how you are now? What things did
you do then? What things can you do now? Has your family changed? Has your house changed? What else has
When watching Then and Now, focus on the then and now aspect of the material. You may want to watch the video more
than once, focusing on different elements each time. Give the student two sticky notes and have them draw or write a
then and now item. (i.e. on one sticky note they could draw a baby, on another a child).
Have the student explain their items and place them on the chart appropriately. (You will need to enlarge the “Then and
Now” chart included with this lesson in order to do this activity.)
Have the student work on the “then and now” exploration tub. Using the “then and now” chart, place items in the correct
Step 3: Complete the worksheet attached below.
Worksheets needed to complete this lesson
Step 4: Review. Start the next lesson with the game or activity attached below for review so the student can
demonstrate understanding of this lesson before moving forward.
Then and Now ( offline) activity
Have the student color, cut, sort, and glue the “Then and Now” cards in Step 3 on their own “Then and Now” chart.