Search form

Lesson Plan: Harvest

Subject:  Social Studies

Grade: 2

Lesson Objective: To learn about and compare harvesting in pre-industrial times to harvesting now and how it has changed peoples’ lives

Common Core Standard: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.2.3- Describe the connection between a series of historical events, scientific ideas or concepts, or steps in technical procedures in a text.




  • Do you think people have been harvesting food for a long time?  Why or why not?  (Allow the students to answer.)



  • People have been harvesting food for thousands of years.  A very, very long time ago, people used to harvest or gather food that they found as they wandered around.  They would harvest berries, nuts, plants and anything else that they could find growing.
  • Once people started staying in once place instead of wandering around, they figured out that they could grow the plants that they liked.
  • People would spend many days harvesting the food that they had grown.
  • As more people started living together, they started working together.  If one group of people grew one type of food and another group of people grew another type of food, they would work together to help harvest the food. 
  • Harvesting became a social event, which means that people would get together and have big celebrations during the harvest.
  • Now, it is mostly farmers who grow crops for everyone.  Farmers spend a lot of time harvesting all of the food.  It can take farmers weeks to harvest all of the food that they grow.
  • You are going to read about harvesting crops in the past.  You are then going to answer questions about what you have read.
  • Does anyone have any questions?



  • Who would like to share your answers?  (Allow the students to share)

Related lessons:

Emergency Sub Plan: Harvest - Reading (GR 2)

Emergency Sub Plan: Harvest - Social Studies (GR 2)

Emergency Sub Plan: Harvest - Math (GR 2)

Emergency Sub Plan: Harvest - Writing (GR 2)

Check out our complete Emergency Sub Plans Library!

Written by Kimberly Greacen, Education World® Contributing Writer

Kimberly is an educator with extensive experience in curriculum writing and developing instructional materials to align with Common Core State Standards and Bloom's Taxonomy.

Copyright© 2020 Education World

Photo by Vladimir Kudinov