Kindergarten Social Studies

Course Description

Semester A

This course introduces students to their place in the community and the responsibilities of being a member of society. Great figures of U.S. history such as Pocahontas, George Washington, and Abraham Lincoln are a focus of learning in this semester. Students will also learn about everyday heroes, the responsibilities of pet ownership, the importance of rules, table manners, and eating well.

A skill that students will practice throughout the semester is retelling stories. Students may do this by recording audio, retelling the stories orally, or writing their observations. They will learn how to use details and basics of narratives. Projects will help students think about defining emotions and what pets need.

Semester B

In the second semester, students are introduced to map reading skills. They will be taught to read maps of the U.S. and the world. From learning about location, to how water is represented, to floor plans, students are introduced to map skills that will last a lifetime. Students will also learn about symbols of the U.S., such as the American flag and the eagle. From there, students learn about holidays, with a particular focus on Thanksgiving.

Another focus is on currency. Students will be introduced to what money is, how money can be spent, the power of buying locally, and the difference between wants and needs. Projects will include a piece on distinguishing facts from fiction, buying locally, and focusing on the differences between needs and wants.

Course Requirements

Grade Level

Kindergarten

*Materials

Books:

  • The Zax”, By Dr. Seuss (optional)

Course Materials List

*Materials listed should be acquired by the student prior to beginning work in the course.

Duration

2 Semesters

Prerequisites

None

Technology Skills

  • Internet Navigation
  • Word Processing Skills
  • Email Communication (with assistance of parent or teacher)

Semester A

Major Concepts:

  • Problem solving
  • Calendar
  • Food log
  • Perfect pets
  • Everyday heroes
  • Rules at home
  • Table manners

Semester B

Major Concepts

  • Maps
  • School symbols
  • Family traditions
  • Holidays and traditions
  • Currency
  • Buying power
  • Advertising
  • Fact or fiction