Preschool Social Studies

               Preschool Social Studies 

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(A)  History

(Based on State of Ohio
Curriculum Standards)


1. Begin to use the language of time (e.g., day, night, yesterday, today, tomorrow).

  1. Night and Day Video
  2. Days of the week
  3. Yesterday - Today - Tomorrow  The child  will need to use their memory to draw a picture about yesterday, then after drawing a picture about today, she will need to plan ahead for tomorrow! PDF download

2. Label days by function (e.g., school day, stay home day, swim day, field trip day).

Under construction  but adding more each week.

3. Begin to use or respond to the language of time such as next, before, soon, after, now and later as related to daily schedules and routines.

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  1. The Reed Family    This is a cute story (video) about a family that goes on a picnic.  The story was written by:  Mrs. Melissa Rosin


4. Share episodes of personal history from birth to present through personal memorabilia or connected to stories.


5. Arrange sequences of personal and shared events through pictures, growth charts and other media.

  1.  Bananas in Pajamas   This website will allow you to do many different things in learning standards
  2. Adventures of Bottle top Bill   This website is similar to the one above loads of fun and teaches you without you knowing


6. Share personal family stories and traditions (e.g., photo album put together by family members).


(B)  People in Societies

1.   Develop a sense of belonging to different groups (e.g., family, group of friends, preschool class, boys or girls).

  1. Family Members   Created by Megan Michael - Smart Board needed.
  2. Family Members   Created by Megan Michael -  Save first then Open in Paint  (This will allow you to move the words around by using the select tool in paint)

2.  Demonstrate awareness of different cultures through exploration of family customs and traditions (e.g., exploration of music, food, games, language, dress).

  1. 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.
  2. What's my Job?  There are many people in the community determine what their job is.

(C)  Geography

1.  Demonstrate and use terms related to location, direction and distance (e.g., up, down, over, under, front, back, here, there).

  1. Video on directions.   This is a short digital video teaching directions.
  2. Mr. Frog gets around the room   This is a video. 
  3. 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.  Demonstrate the ways that streets and buildings can be identified by symbols, such as letters, numbers or logos (e.g., street signs, addresses).

  1. Interactive Website   Fun website that will allow students to create sounds record your voice and understand different symbols.
  2. Interactive Website   This site will allow student to view, read and learn about everyday items around their home.
  3. Interactive Website   This site will show students signs (Environmental Print) that they may find around their home and what they mean.

3. Demonstrate how maps can be useful to finding places (e.g., streets, homes, places to visit).

  1. Sponge Bob You will down load a work sheet to help find Sponge Bobs friends and objects.
  2. Your Neighborhood.   This link will allow students to learn about their neighborhood.


4. Navigate within familiar environments, such as home, neighborhood or school, under supervision.

  1. Virtual House   A Student will travel through a home and learn about different parts. 
  2. Your Neighborhood.   This link will allow students to learn about their neighborhood.

5. Describe and represent the inside and outside of familiar environments such as home and school (e.g., playground).

  1. Virtual House   A Student will travel through a home and learn about different parts. 
  2. Where we live   This resource pack introduces pupils to different types of homes.

6. Recognize and name the immediate surroundings of home (e.g., homes, buildings, bridges, hills, woods, lakes) following supervised explorations.

  1. Your Neighborhood.   This link will allow students to learn about their neighborhood.

7. Explore the ways we use natural resources found in our environment (e.g., water to drink, dirt to plant).


(D)  Economics

1. Recognize that people have many wants within the context of family and classroom.


2. Understand how sharing classroom materials will meet everyone’s wants (e.g., turn taking at the water table, distributing crayons equitably).


3.  Demonstrate an understanding of the concepts of production, distribution and consumption through play (e.g., food from the farm to the grocery store) and concrete experiences (e.g., food purchased from the store and cooked at home).


4. Obtain things they want (e.g., goods and services) in socially acceptable ways (e.g., verbalizing, turn taking).


(E)  Government

1. Interact with and respond to guidance and assistance in socially accepted ways from familiar adults at school and home (e.g., responds to redirection, invites others to play).

  1.  Social Skills   This website will show kids how to cope with life in general.

2. Interact with familiar and appropriate adults for assistance when needed (e.g., family member, teacher, police, firefighter).

  1. Social Skills   This website will show kids how to cope with life in general. 

3. Demonstrate an understanding of the specific roles and responsibilities within a group (e.g., picking up own toys).

  1. Video on community helpers you can trust.   This is a short digital video talking about Policeman, Fireman, Teachers, Doctors.
  2. Who's at the Door? - Two community workers are presented, students decide which one is described. 
  3. Care Jobs Whose job is it to care for other people? PDF download

4. Recognize the flag of the United States as a symbol of our government.

  1. The History of the Flag of the United States.   This video was created by a Lake Erie College student Melissa Rosin
  2. 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.

5. Participate in creating and following classroom rules and routines.


(F)  Citizenship Rights and Responsibilities

1. Demonstrate cooperative behaviors, such as helping, turn taking, sharing, comforting and compromising.


2. Engage in problem-solving behavior with diminishing support from adults (e.g., negotiating roles in play, turn taking).


3. Demonstrate increasing ability to make independent choices and follow through on plans (e.g., putting toys away, moving from activity to activity).


4. Demonstrate awareness of the outcomes of one’s own choices (e.g., picking up toys helps create a safe environment).


(G)  Social Studies Skills and Methods

1. Gain information through participation in experiences with objects, media, books and engaging in conversations with peers

Smart Board Lesson Created by:  Mary D. Wojkowski


2. Begin to make predictions (e.g., guess whether other countries around the world celebrate birthdays).


3. Represent ideas through multiple forms of language and expression (e.g., drawing, dramatic play, conversation, art media, music, movement, emergent writing).