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.
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SKILLS & ENDURING UNDERSTANDING
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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..
Online activities (see Suggested Links & Resources page)
Create a graph using classroom data.
Map the Classroom
Teacher-made and/or Textbook exams and quizzes.
Related stories found within curriculum resources for teachers and/or other sources of literature.
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.
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.
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.
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