Objectives Overviews Kindergarten: Social Studies

Your kindergarten student will recognize individual development and identity by:

  • Recognizing identity and qualities that make each of us unique
  • Identifying personal information about oneself
  • Recognizing and describing feelings
  • Demonstrating self-control
  • Recognizing that the traits of friendliness, thoughtfulness, and helpfulness promote positive sportsmanship during activities with others
  • Recognizing and showing characteristics of good citizenship such as thoughtfulness, friendliness, and helpfulness by welcoming a new citizen
  • Showing respect and concern for the rights of others

Your kindergarten student will recognize relationship of space and place by:

  • Describing how maps show where people live
  • Developing an awareness of a map key and symbols on a map
  • Using a globe/map to describe features of the Earth
  • Recognizing that the globe is a model of the Earth
  • Comparing/contrasting the relative location of people, places, and things using position words and cardinal directions

Your kindergarten student will identify culture and cultural diversity by:

  • Identifying various family structures
  • Sequencing the events of a daily routine
  • Defining and using vocabulary appropriate to the family structure
  • Identifying various types of shelters, food, and clothing of groups of people around the world
  • Recognizing the basic needs of humans
  • Describing customs of specific holiday celebrations
  • Recognizing that celebrations and holidays are a way of remembering and honoring events and persons in the past

Your kindergarten student will identify the way human beings view themselves throughout time by:

  • Recognizing people from different times and places
  • Recognizing the historical contributions of people in the past through biographies and autobiographies

Your kindergarten student will recognize the ideals, principles, and practices of citizenship in a democratic republic by:

  • Identifying examples of good citizenship
  • Identifying examples of situations involving responsibility
  • Working with a partner
  • Identifying positive ways to work with a partner during activities that foster teamwork
  • Participating in a sharing experience
  • Using compromise as one way to cooperate
  • Recognizing the flag as a symbol of the United States of America
  • Identifying qualities of good citizenship such as honesty, patriotism, loyalty, courtesy, respect, truth, pride, self-control, moderation, and accomplishment

Your kindergarten student will recognize the interaction among individuals, groups, and institutions by:

  • Explaining the need for rule
  • Recognizing the need for authority
  • Identifying community helpers and their roles
  • Describing people and places in the community
  • Participating in walks or trips to places in the community and relating what has been seen to personal experience

Your kindergarten student will analyze how people create and change structures of power, authority, and governance by:

  • Recognizing that rights are privileges due to membership in a society or organization
  • Recognizing that responsibilities are duties due to membership in a society or organization
  • Recognizing the various authoritative roles in the home and in the community
  • Identifying rules that provide order, security, and safety
  • Describing consequences of breaking rules

Your kindergarten student will identify how people organize for the production, distribution, and consumption of goods and services by:

  • Distinguishing between wants and needs
  • Participating in activities that require division of jobs
  • Recognizing why people hold different jobs
  • Identifying uses of money
  • Recognizing the three Rs of helping the environment: reduce, reuse, and recycle

Your kindergarten student will identify global connections and interdependence by:

  • Developing friendships with people of varying backgrounds
  • Exploring the uses of technology
  • Recognizing that skills and technology can be passed between cultures by travelers
  • Recognizing various ways that people travel
  • Recognizing how new technology has influenced science
  • Identifying how technology has changed over time
  • Developing and using skills to communicate with individuals and groups via letters, telephone, and computer/email