Long Ago & Now unit helps students understand how their lives relate to things and events long ago. includes: compare and contrast artifacts long ago & today, nonfiction article, family tree, grandparent (or older relative) interview, and a timeline.
Once they start moving more into larger maps and globes, first graders could easily label this map and color the land and water blue and green. This would be a good activity for teaching students how to label maps.
Little Thinkers Social Studies UNIT 4: My Community
This is a great worksheet to help students understand their place in the world. These worksheets could be accompanied with more hands on activities and students could bring pictures of their homes to put up.