Kindergarten Social Studies

Myself and Others

Who Am I?
Students learn that there are many ways to describe who they are. Through a series of Writing for Understanding activities, children explore what they look like, what they care about, how they feel, and things they can do.

Who Is a Family?
Students explore what makes families special. In a Writing for Understanding activity, children make a book about the "gifts" their family members give one another, such as laughter and hugs.

How Do I Get Along with Others?
Students explore ways to get along with others. In an Experiential Exercise, they learn firsthand why taking turns is important for getting along.

How Do I Make Friends?
In a series of Social Studies Skill Builders, students learn four skills for making a friend.

How Do I Solve Problems with Others?
Students learn four steps to help them solve problems with others. In a series of Social Studies Skill Builders, they learn and practice how to stop and calm down, talk and listen, think of solutions, and agree on a plan to try.

 How Can I Be a Good Helper at School?
In a series of Social Studies Skill Builders, students learn and practice four ways to be "handy helpers."

What Is in My Neighborhood?
Students learn that a neighborhood has buildings, outdoor places, and people. In a Problem Solving Groupwork activity, students take on specific roles to design a neighborhood park.

Where Am I in the World?
Students explore the idea that they are part of several concentrically larger communities. In a series of Writing for Understanding activities, students assemble a book of pictures that show where they live.

How Do People Live Around the World?
Students learn that, although people around the world are different, they are also alike in important ways. In an Experiential Exercise, they take an imaginary flight to Japan to share a meal.

How Can I Help Take Care of the World?
Students explore the three R's -- recycling, reducing, and reusing -- to learn how they can help take care of the world. In a Social Studies Skill Builder, they identify groceries they think will help reduce garbage and place them in a "shopping cart."
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Other Resources:

Social Studies Grade Level Content Expectations for Kindergarten 332kb PDF externallink.gif

AAPS Kindergarten Social Studies Curriculum Map 117kb PDF

Kindergarten Report Form 447kb PDF

 

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