First Grade -  Social Studies

First Grade Social Studies

 

 

People in Societies

Geography Economics Government

Citizenship Rights and Responsibilities

 

Social Studies Skills and Methods

(A)  History

(Based on State of Ohio
Curriculum Standards)

1. Recite the months of the year.

  1. Game   Months of the year in a word search.  Click the start button located at the top of the page.   Months are displayed on the right and you use your mouse to find the months.
  2. Game  Spelling game.  Catch the falling letters to spell each month.
  3. Smart Board Lesson  Created by: Barb Tarka  SB

2. Place events from one's own life in chronological order.

 
3. Distinguish among past, present and future.
  1. Kids Port.  Great site to assist in all areas

4. Raise questions about how families lived in  the past and use photographs, letters,       artifacts and books to clarify what is known and what is unknown.

  1. Daily life in Ohio

5. Compare past and present, near and far, with emphasis on daily life including:

a.    The roles of men, women and children;

b.   The identification of basic human needs;

c.   Various ways people meet human needs.

  1. When Wants Become Needs - Needs are what you must have. Needs are essential. Wants are what you would like to have. Wants are nice to have. But sometimes wants can become needs. (use this as a whole class activity)
  2. Compare the past with the present Ohio women

 

6.   Relate stories of the heroism and the achievements of the people associated with state and federal holidays

  1. The Betsy Ross Homepage   This site contain lots of info on Betsy Ross, the flag, flag etiquette, trivia, a picture gallery, and timelines
  2. Wilstar's Holiday World   This site has history, customs, and traditions for many holidays, as well as games and quizzes.
  3. Smart Board Lesson  Created by Mrs. Tarka
(B)  People in Societies

1. Describe similarities and differences in the ways different cultures meet common human needs including:
a.
       Food;
b.
       Clothing;
c.
       Shelter;
d.
       Language;
e.
       Artistic expressions.

  1. Power Point Jeopardy   This is a form that will allow students to learn Indian culture indicator and was created by:  Tanja Markle

 

2. Identify cultural practices of a culture on each continent through the study of the folktales, music and art created by people living in that culture.

  1. A Balloon's Journey   Follow the lost balloon across the world. It travels to a cold country, Iceland, in the north and a hot country, Lesotho in the south. Compare the features of the landscape in both countries and try the worksheets drawing hot and cold landscapes 
3. Describe family and local community customs and traditions.  
4. Describe life in other countries with emphasis on daily life, including roles of men, women and children.
  1. Children in other countries  Real life stories and photographs from children in developing countries. Read about life in different countries in Africa, Bangladesh and Peru

(C)   Geography

1. Identify and correctly use terms related to location, direction and distance including:

a.       Left/Right;

b.       Near/Far.

 

  1. Smart Board Lessons Created by: Tracie Morgan SB
  2. Kids Port.  Great site to assist in all areas
  3. Create a Tennis Ball Globe - students create a Tennis Ball Globe, allowing them to see how a spherical Earth can be shown as one type of flat map This is an Adobe Acrobat document
  4. Can You Read a Map? - Use a map to answer questions
  5. The Orientometer ( Where You Can Win "Cardinal Points") - You're standing on the center square at dawn, and the sun is rising to your right. That's EAST. Now see how many of the following directions you can find. [scroll down and then click on the word Orientometer]
  6. Smart Board Lesson    Created by Mrs. Tarka
2. Construct simple maps and models using symbols to represent familiar places (e.g., classroom, school or neighborhood).
  1. Map Games   You will find quite a few games that will allow the students to learn and have fun at the same time.  You will find map games for many different grade levels.  Please choose the correct one for you.  THIS IS AN OUTSTANDING SITE.
3. Identify and use symbols to locate places of significance on maps and globes.
  1. Can You Read a Map? - Use a map to answer questions
  2. Compass Rose - The compass rose is a design on a map that shows directions. It shows north, south, east, west, northeast, northwest, southeast, and southwest. (printable worksheet from Enchanted Learning)
  3. The Orientometer ( Where You Can Win "Cardinal Points") - You're standing on the center square at dawn, and the sun is rising to your right. That's EAST. Now see how many of the following directions you can find. [scroll down and then click on the word Orientometer]
  4. Where is Japan - Students use the four cardinal directions to find real places on a map. (Author - Sandi King)
  5. Smart Board Lesson    Created by Mrs. Tarka
3. Identify and use symbols to locate places of significance on maps and globes.
  1. Can You Read a Map? - Use a map to answer questions
  2. Compass Rose - The compass rose is a design on a map that shows directions. It shows north, south, east, west, northeast, northwest, southeast, and southwest. (printable worksheet from Enchanted Learning)
  3. The Orientometer ( Where You Can Win "Cardinal Points") - You're standing on the center square at dawn, and the sun is rising to your right. That's EAST. Now see how many of the following directions you can find. [scroll down and then click on the word Orientometer]
  4. Where is Japan - Students use the four cardinal directions to find real places on a map. (Author - Sandi King)
  5. Smart Board Lesson    Created by Mrs. Tarka
5. Identify and describe the physical features (lake, river, hill, mountain, forest) and human features (town, city, farm, park, playground, house, traffic signs/signals) of places in the community.
  1. Kids Port.  Great site to assist in all areas
  2. What Places Do You Have in Your Neighborhood? - this story will read itself to you. After students are familiar with the story, you can use a version that asks your students to do the reading.
  3. The Orientometer ( Where You Can Win "Cardinal Points") - You're standing on the center square at dawn, and the sun is rising to your right. That's EAST. Now see how many of the following directions you can find. [scroll down and then click on the word Orientometer]
  4. Puzzle Maps from iKnowThat.com - (natural features) From the Physical Features section select; Gulf Region, Bay Area, Plains Region, Canyon Region, or Continents and Ocean. After selecting one you will be asked to register. Click on "Maybe Later," to go to the game. Each game has a "Read it to Me" button.
  5. You can find similar activities at Label Maps or Clue Maps
  6. Landforms - A Web Quest  In this web quest the student will:
    1. View examples of landforms in the United States.
    2. Locate the places where these landforms can be found.
    3. Make an illustrated Landform Dictionary.
  7. Illustrated Glossary: Landforms and Bodies of Water   This cute web site covers many different landforms and bodies of water, with drawings and explanations. There are also printable quizzes and worksheets.
  8. Smart Board Lesson    Created by Mrs. Tarka
  9. Smart Board Lesson  Created by Mrs. Tarka
6. Compare areas within the local community to identify similarities.
  1. What Places Do You Have in Your Neighborhood? - this story will read itself to you. After students are familiar with the story, you can use a version that asks your students to do the reading.

7. Describe human adaptations to variations in the physical environment including:
a.
       Food;
b.
       Clothing;
c.
       Shelter;
d.
       Transportation;
e.
       Recreation.

 

  1. Transportation and Public Transit  Here’s an elementary-level introduction to the history of transportation from a public transit group. The focus is on how we move people, as opposed to products, but the content would fit well with a unit on communities, cities, or how urban planning works. The site includes a quiz for each of its several units.
  2. America on the Move  At this excellent site you can read about how transportation shaped the lives, landscapes, culture, and communities of America. You can examine the changes brought by transportation networks, play some cool games, and check out lots of other resources from the National Museum of American History. There are also excellent teacher guides available for each section.
(D)  Economics
1. Explain that wants are unlimited and resources are scarce, thereby forcing individuals to make choices.
  1. Little Bill the Producer! - This lesson (from EconEd Link) teaches the most basic vocabulary about production. People who make goods and provide services are called producers.
  2. When Wants Become Needs - Needs are what you must have. Needs are essential. Wants are what you would like to have. Wants are nice to have. But sometimes wants can become needs. (use this as a whole class activity)
2. Describe the ways people produce, consume and exchange goods and services in their community.
  1. Kids Port.  Great site to assist in all areas
  2. Business Buddies - Students learn the differences between goods and services and producers and consumers (Author - Laurie Ayers)
  3. Money is what we use to buy basic needs - food, clothing, and shelter - and wants - things people would like to have. - a one page poster This is an Adobe Acrobat document
  4. How People Make Sneakers - from Mister Rodgers' Neighborhood
  5.  Goods - things that people make or grow that you can buy - a one page poster This is an Adobe Acrobat document
  6.  Little Bill the Producer! - This lesson (from EconEd Link) teaches the most basic vocabulary about production. People who make goods and provide services are called producers.
3. Explain ways that people may obtain goods and services that they do not produce including the use of money and barter.
  1. Business Buddies - Students learn the differences between goods and services and producers and consumers (Author - Laurie Ayers)
  2. Money is what we use to buy basic needs - food, clothing, and shelter - and wants - things people would like to have. - a one page poster This is an Adobe Acrobat document
  3. Goods - things that people make or grow that you can buy - a one page poster This is an Adobe Acrobat document
(E)  Government

1. Recognize the role of authority figures in providing for the safety and security of individuals.

  1. Kids Port.  Great site to assist in all areas

2. Explain how voting can be used to make group decisions.

 

3. Recognize symbols of the United States that represent its democracy and values including:

a.       The bald eagle;

b.       The White House;

c.       The Statue of Liberty ;

       d.  The national anthem

 

  1. The Pledge of Allegiance - a one page poster This is an Adobe Acrobat document
  2. The State of Ohio  flag from 50 States.com
  3. Ohio Flag Printout - print this page to color (from Enchanted Learning)
  4. The Flag of the United States - from the Betsy Ross flag to the current 50 star flag.
  5. Ben's Guide: Symbols of Our Government  This is a cute site from "Ben's Guide to U.S. Government." It has colorful pictures and easy to read explanations about the following symbols: The Flag, Bald Eagle, Independence Hall, The Liberty Bell, The National Anthem, The Pledge of Allegiance, The Statue of Liberty, and The White House.
  6. US Symbols Matching Game  This is a memory game for US symbols  Click the start button.
  7. American Symbols  Using this Kidspiration template on the United States of America and its symbols, the students will match symbols with the correct vocabulary word.
4. Recognize the need for rules in different settings and the need for fairness in such rules.  
5. Discuss the consequences of violating rules.  
(F)    Citizenship Rights
and Responsibilities
1. Demonstrate the importance of fair play, good sportsmanship, respect for the rights and opinions of others and the idea of treating others the way you want to be treated.
  1. Kids Port.  Great site to assist in all areas
2. Demonstrate self-direction in school tasks.  
3. Demonstrate accountability for actions.  
4. Demonstrate pride in personal accomplishments.  

5. Demonstrate citizenship traits including:
a.
       Trustworthiness;
b.
       Fairness;
c.
       Self-control;
d.
       Respect for those in authority.

  1. Absolutely Whootie - Stories to Grow By   This commercial site has a fabulous selection of stories from around the world that are free. The stories are organized by type, age appropriateness, moral taught, and time to read. Character education activities, simple writing worksheets and coloring pages are provided.

 (G)   Social Studies Skills
and Methods

1. Obtain information about a topic using a variety of oral and visual sources.
  1. Create a Tennis Ball Globe - students create a Tennis Ball Globe, allowing them to see how a spherical Earth can be shown as one type of flat map This is an Adobe Acrobat document

 

2. Sequence information.  
3. Determine categories for sorting information.
  1. When Wants Become Needs - Needs are what you must have. Needs are essential. Wants are what you would like to have. Wants are nice to have. But sometimes wants can become needs. (use this as a whole class activity)

 

4. Identify main ideas from oral, visual and print sources.  
5. Communicate information orally or visually. The following videos are exceptional, and will present the Pledge of Allegiance in detail.  The videos are large and will require that you download them ahead of time for best viewing.  If you wish to download place the mouse over the video you want and right click the mouse and then (Save Target As).  We wish to thank the United States Marine Corps, Annapolis Naval Academy and Eric Montgomery for making this video possible.  The video is in memory of Eric's brother Brian Montgomery United States Marine Corps, who was killed in Iraq.
  1. Video Pledge of Allegiance Each line is explained in this video.  The video is presented by U.S. Marine Lance Corporal Eric Montgomery (wmv) Small
 

6. Display courtesy and respect for others in group settings including:

a.       Staying on the topic;

        b.   Focusing attention on the speaker