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

Credit Value

1.0

Prerequisites

None

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