Social Studies Grade k-2 Marking Period 2



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Grade K-2 Marking Period 2
The purpose of social studies education is to provide students with the knowledge, skills and attitudes they need to be active, informed, responsible citizens and contributing members of their communities. The standards define social studies as the four disciplines of history, geography, civics, and economics. The teaching of social studies should include interdisciplinary connections among these areas. Social studies instruction can be based on one or more of these core disciplines or on a combination of these in the problem-solving or inquiry mode. This is frequently the basis of social studies activities in the classroom. In addition, these standards identify a common core of skills that are integral to the social studies disciplines



Standard 6.2 Civics

All students will know, understand, and appreciate the values and principals of American democracy and the rights, responsibilities, and roles of a citizen in the nation and the world.



Standard 6.6 Geography

All students will apply knowledge of spatial relationships and other geographic skills to understand human behavior in relation to the physical and cultural environment.


Big Idea: An understanding of the historical foundation and underlining values and principles of American democracy prepares learners to make informed, responsible decisions as citizens and value participation as citizens of the nation and the world.


Big Idea: Knowledge of geography and application of geographic skills enables the students to understand relationships between people, their behavior, places, and the environment for problem solving and historical understanding.


ESSENTIAL QUESTIONS



CONTENT

(What am I covering?)


SKILLS & ENDURING UNDERSTANDING

(What will my students understand?)


SUGGESTED ASSESSMENTS/ ACTIVITIES




  • What can we learn from a graph?



  • What can maps help you find?



  • What is a leader?



  • Why do people need to help each other?



  • How can you explain what a problem is to someone else?






  • Types of graphs (bar, pictograph, line, etc.)



  • Basic map reading.



  • Identify leaders in school, the USA, on television, etc..



  • Review community helpers/leaders.





  • Graphs are used to organize basic information.




  • A map shows where things or places are located.




  • People have different roles in our community (principal, teacher, nurse, student, chef, etc.)




  • There are many different types of problems.




  • People can solve problems by talking to each other and getting help.



AUTHENTIC ASSESSMENT


  • Online activities (see Suggested Links & Resources page)




  • Create a graph using classroom data.

  • Simon Says

  • Map the Classroom

  • Puppet Problems



TRADITIONAL ASSESSMENT


  • Teacher-made and/or Textbook exams and quizzes.




  • Related stories found within curriculum resources for teachers and/or other sources of literature.






SUGGESTED

ASSESSMENTS/ ACTIVITIES





ASSESSMENTS/ACTIVITIES

HIGH-PERFORMANCE

MID-PERFORMANCE

LOWER-PERFORMANCE




Create a Pictograph



Q&A students in their class and create/draw a graph to display results of the survey.


Students are given information and will complete a graph that illustrates the data.


Students view a graph and explain/answer questions that relate to the images/information.


Simon Says



Student(s) assumes the role of Simon and co-facilitates the activity.


Teacher assumes the role of Simon and facilitates the activity.


Teacher assumes the role of Simon as the TA(s) co-facilitate the activity.



Map the Classroom


Students will use blocks/boxes and other small objects to make a model of the classroom. Then, use the model to draw a map of the classroom.


Students will use blocks/boxes and other small objects to make a model of the classroom and then draw a picture of their favorite part of the classroom.


Students will draw a picture of their favorite part of the classroom.


Puppet Problems



Students use puppets/figurines to tell a round-robin story, introducing a problem and reaching a solution. Students will then create a picture book of the puppets/figurines that retells their story.

Students use puppets/figurines to tell a round-robin story, introducing a problem and reaching a solution.

Teacher(s) use puppets/figurines to tell a story that introduces a problem and reaches a solution.


Special Guest



Invite a firefighter, nurse, police officer, social worker, etc… whose occupation involves helping others.

Students will prepare questions to ask the guests before he/she/they arrive.



Discuss as a group, which questions to ask the guests before he/she/they arrive.



Students will listen and observe the presentation given by the guest speaker and be assisted with asking relevant questions.




The activities presented below are ideas that you may or may not want to use in you classroom. Use them at your discretion and make any necessary changes that will best suit the needs of your students. Please forward additional suggestions to: Curriculum@bcsssd.k12.nj.us

SUGGESTED

LINKS & RESOURCES





RESOURCES/LINK

WEB ADDRESS/LOCATION










Social Studies for Kids

http://www.socialstudiesforkids.com/


National Council for the Social Studies

http://www.socialstudies.org/about

PBS Teachers – Social Studies

http://www.pbs.org/teachers/socialstudies/

Social Studies Theme Library

http://www.awesomelibrary.org/Classroom/Social_Studies/Social_Studies.html

Social Studies Online Games

http://www.gamequarium.com/socialstudies.htm

Kindergarten – Q & A for Teachers

http://www.elementary-teacher-resources.com/kindergarten_social_studies_questions.html

SoftSchools.com – Links & Lessons

http://www.softschools.com/social_studies/

Online Social Studies Activities

http://www.apples4theteacher.com/socialstud.html

CyberSluth for Kids

http://cybersleuth-kids.com/sleuth/Social_Studies/

Social Studies Clip Art


http://classroomclipart.com/

Coloring Pages for Social Studies

http://www.crayola.com/free-coloring-pages/social-studies-coloring-pages/

Certificate Maker

http://www.crayola.com/certificatemaker/index.cfm?flash=6&n_id=33

Social Studies – Games (varied)

http://www.crayola.com/gamesfun/index.cfm?n_id=2

TheTeacherCafe – Pintables & Resources

http://theteacherscafe.com/Content_Literacy/Social_Studies_Worksheets.php

Kindergarten – Q & A for Teachers

http://www.elementary-teacher-resources.com/kindergarten_social_studies_questions.html

SoftSchools.com – Links & Lessons

http://www.softschools.com/social_studies/

Online Social Studies Activities

http://www.apples4theteacher.com/socialstud.html

CyberSluth for Kids

http://cybersleuth-kids.com/sleuth/Social_Studies/


Social Studies Clip Art

http://classroomclipart.com/

Coloring Pages for Social Studies

http://www.crayola.com/free-coloring-pages/social-studies-coloring-pages/

Certificate Maker

http://www.crayola.com/certificatemaker/index.cfm?flash=6&n_id=33

U.S. Government for Kids

http://bensguide.gpo.gov/subject.html

U.S. Interactive Map Game!

http://www.scholastic.com/play/states.htm

ToonUniversity – Social Studies Games

http://www.toonuniversity.com/socialstudies.asp

Craft Ideas

http://www.kidsturncentral.com/crafts.htm

Sites Liked by Kids – Search by Subject

http://www.kidskonnect.com/

GeoNet – Interactive Maps & Activites

http://www.eduplace.com/geonet/geonet.html



BCSSSD 6/02/2009 Curriculum Development Committee





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