Kindergarten -  Social Studies

 Kindergarten Social Studies Skills

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ocial Studies

People in Societies

Geography Economics Government

Citizenship Rights and Responsibilities

 

Social Studies Skills and Methods

(A)  History
(Based on the State of Ohio  Curriculum Standards)

1. Recite the days of the week.

  1. Video Days of the week with Music
  2. Calendar     This Smart Board lesson will illustrate the day, month and year as well as what a person should wear.  SB
  3. Days of the week and Months  SB created by Kristine Young
  4. Days of the week  Created by Connie Brinegar SB
2. Use vocabulary associated with time to distinguish broad categories of historical time such as long ago, yesterday, today and tomorrow.
  1. Growth of a Nation.  Video website talking about the United States. 
  2. Chronological Order Smart board lessons showing this concept.
3. Demonstrate understanding of one's own personal life history (e.g., birth, toddler and preschool).
 
4. Recognize state and federal holidays and explain their significance
 
5. Listen to and discuss songs, poetry, literature and drama that reflect the cultural heritages of the people of the United States.
  1. Learn about an Eskimo village, then take a quiz about the Eskimo. (use this as a whole class activity)
  2. Native American Shelters - see the differences in Native American housing in the seven regions of the United States
  3. Plains Indian Tepee - plans for constructing a tepee

(B)    People in Societies

1. Identify ways that individuals in the family, school and community are unique and ways that they are the same.
  1. Use the Winners of the "I Look Like My Dog" Contest page to discuss what physical characteristics were used in the contest.
  2. Do you think that Eskimos live in igloos? Eskimos actually live in wooden houses like the houses pictured at this web site.
  3. Women at Work coloring Book from Florida D. O. T. (select a picture for a larger image to print)

 

 

2. Identify different cultures through the study of holidays, customs and traditions utilizing language, stories, folktales, music and the arts.

 

 

  1. 1.  Embracing Cultures Project - Use the Flash introduction to this site as a discussion starter in a whole class activity.
  2. 2.  Daily Life in 1621 - What was life like for the Wampanoag and the Pilgrims?
  3. 3.  Learn about an Eskimo village, then take a quiz about the Eskimo. (use this as a whole class activity)
  4. Native American Shelters - see the differences in Native American housing in the seven regions of the United States
  5. Plains Indian Tepee - plans for constructing a tepee

 

(C)    Geography

1. Identify and correctly use terms related to location, direction and distance including:
a.       Up/Down;
b.  Over/Under;
c.   Here/There;
d.   Front/Back;
e.   Behind/In front of.

  1. Joe's maze game    This site will allow the students to understand UP / Down over there here there and front and back.
  2. Mixy   Your students will be looking for a hidden bunny in a garden.
  3. Puzzle dinosaurs   Move pieces around to complete puzzle
  4. Location  A site with interactive activities relating to positional language and it has some activities involving map work.  You will discover several different lessons all connected.
2. Recite home address.  
3. Make models and maps representing real places including the classroom.
 
  1. Where's Iggy?   Read the map of Iggy town and try to find Iggy
  2. Virtual House   A Student will travel through a home and learn about different parts. 
4. Distinguish between land and water on maps and globes.
  1. Grandpa's Globe with feet.    Animation allowing you to travel the world
  2. Your Neighborhood.   This link will allow students to learn about their neighborhood.
  3. Video on Land and water   Created by:  Kristine Yount
5. Demonstrate familiarity with the school's layout.  
6. Describe the immediate surroundings of home (e.g., streets, buildings, fields, woods or lakes).
  1. Virtual House   A Student will travel through a home and learn about different parts. 
7. Identify key natural resources that are used in the students' daily lives.  

(D)   Economics

1. Recognize that people have many wants.
  1. 1.  Getting around in Bermuda for visitors - Renting automobiles is not allowed but other ways are good
  2. Needs and Wants - One important idea in economics is that of needs and wants.
  3. A Quiz on Needs and Wants - use this as a whole-class activity
  4. Needs and Wants - a one page poster This is an Adobe Acrobat document
  5. Wants and Needs - A Cooperative Learning Lesson - (a lesson plan) Students sort magazine pictures into Wants and Needs. They will glue the pictures onto the correctly labeled poster board
2. Explain how people make decisions in order to satisfy their wants.
  1. 1.  Daily Life in 1621 - What was life like for the Wampanoag and the Pilgrims?
  2. 2.  Getting around in Bermuda for visitors - Renting automobiles is not allowed but other ways are good
  3. Needs and Wants - One important idea in economics is that of needs and wants.
  4. A Quiz on Needs and Wants - use this as a whole-class activity
  5. 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
  6. Needs and Wants - a one page poster This is an Adobe Acrobat document
  7. Wants and Needs - A Cooperative Learning Lesson - (a lesson plan) Students sort magazine pictures into Wants and Needs. They will glue the pictures onto the correctly labeled poster board
3. Identify goods and services.
  1. 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
  2. People work at Different Jobs - a one page poster This is an Adobe Acrobat document
  3. Women at Work coloring Book from Florida D. O. T. (select a picture for a larger image to print)
  4. Workers and their Hats - drag the headgear to the correct jobs
  5. Recognizing Appropriate Clothing for the Job - Help Firefighter Fran get dressed for work.
  6. Needs and Wants - a one page poster This is an Adobe Acrobat document

(E)  Government

1. Identify authority figures in the home, school and community.
  1. Workers and their Hats - drag the headgear to the correct jobs
  2. Who is at the door  -  This website will allow the student to determine who is at the front door by what they do in the community.
  3. What's my Job?  There are many people in the community determine what their job is.

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

a.   The national flag;

b.  The Pledge of
     Allegiance.

 

  1. Our flag.   Site will show some history and animation
  2. U. S.  Symbols matching game
  3. State flags  click on the correct star to find the state flag of Ohio and when it was brought into the union.
  4. Video  Growth of our Nation  explaining the history of our country.  Very good
  5. The following videos are exceptional, and will present the Pledge of Allegiance in detail and the American Flag.  The videos may require that you download them ahead of time for best viewing depending on your computer system.  

    If you wish to download place the mouse over the video and right click the mouse and then (Save Target As).   We wish to thank the United States Marine Corps, Annapolis Naval Academy, Eric Montgomery and Bobby Doyle for making these videos possible.  The first video is in memory of Eric's brother Brian Montgomery United States Marine Corps, who was killed in action while serving 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)

    This next video explains the Symbol for the United States the American Flag.   The video is presented by Lt. Robert Doyle United States Marine Corps.  

    2.     Video  The American Flag   presented by
            
    Lt. Robert Doyle United States Marine Corps.  

     

3. Identify purposes for having rules and ways that they provide order, security and safety in the home, school and community.
  1. Safety   You will find a smart board presentation allowing students to determine what is correct and what is not correct SB
    Created by Renae Smith

(F)   Citizenship Rights
and Responsibilities

1. Participate and cooperate in classroom activities.
  1. A Quiz on Needs and Wants - use this as a whole-class activity
  2. Wants and Needs - A Cooperative Learning Lesson - (a lesson plan) Students sort magazine pictures into Wants and Needs. They will glue the pictures onto the correctly labeled poster board

 

2. Take personal responsibility to follow directions and rules.
  1. Plains Indian Tepee - plans for constructing a tepee
  2. Wants and Needs - A Cooperative Learning Lesson - (a lesson plan) Students sort magazine pictures into Wants and Needs. They will glue the pictures onto the correctly labeled poster board
3. Demonstrate the ability to make choices and take responsibility for personal actions.  

4. Discuss the attributes and actions of a good citizen with emphasis on:
a.       Trust;
b.       Respect;
c.       Honesty;
d.       Responsibility;
e.       Fairness;
f.        Compassion;
g.       Self-control.

 

(G)   Social Studies Skills
and Methods

1. Listen for information
  1. Use the Winners of the "I Look Like My Dog" Contest page to discuss what physical characteristics were used in the contest.

 

2. Sort objects or pictures according to appropriate criteria.
  1. Wants and Needs - A Cooperative Learning Lesson - (a lesson plan) Students sort magazine pictures into Wants and Needs. They will glue the pictures onto the correctly labeled poster board
4. Communicate information.
  1. Wants and Needs - A Cooperative Learning Lesson - (a lesson plan) Students sort magazine pictures into Wants and Needs. They will glue the pictures onto the correctly labeled poster board
5. Work with others by sharing, taking turns and raising hand to speak.
  1. Social Skills   This website will show kids how to cope with life in general.