• Social Studies- Kindergarten
    What children will study this year

    The Kindergarten social studies program is hands-on and content-rich. During the school year, children in kindergarten will develop an awareness of themselves as unique individuals and as members of social groups. They will learn about the past by reading stories set in different times and places.

    Kindergarten students will begin to learn and apply basic social studies skills, including understanding and using maps. They will also learn the difference between basic needs and wants. 
     
    Program and Grade Level Understandings
    Anoka-Hennepin Program Understandings articulate what students should understand and be able to do when they leave the K-12 program in Anoka-Hennepin. The grade level understandings demonstrate what students should understand and be able to do when they leave each grade level. The grade level understandings increase in complexity as students progress through the K-12 program.

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    Kindergarten Social Studies Units: 


    Unit: Citizenship:  Working Together: In this unit, students will begin the foundational process of creating a cooperative classroom environment. Students will learn about friendship within their classroom and their school. Students will set up classroom rules and routines that assist in creating a positive atmosphere for learning. Students will learn bus safety rules and playground rules.  
     
    What families can do at home to help:
    • Discuss why there are rules. What are rules at home? What are the rules at school? Compare them.
    • Practice good manners at home including: please, thank-you and apologizing.
    • Have your child be responsible for helping out at home. e.g. make bed, wash dishes

    Unit Information for Families- Academic Standards, what students should know and be able to do, and vocabulary.


    Unit: History:  Families and Traditions: In this unit students will begin to explore ways we learn about the past, and develop language needed to learn about the past, present and future. Students will understand that they are a part of a family, and all families share customs and traditions that may be similar or different from other families.   and there are many types of families.

    What families can do at home to help:
    • Talk to your child about how he/she is special or unique and how your family is special or unique.
    • Share a family experience from the past. People learn from the past in a variety of ways (learning from elders, photos, artifacts, buildings, diaries, stories, videos, etc.). Use this opportunity to explore family life in the past.
    • Talk about family traditions. Discuss how your family may have traditions that are the same or different from other families. How do families celebrate or commemorate personal milestones such as birthdays, family or community religious observances, national holidays such as Fourth of July, Thanksgiving, New Year’s Eve/Day.

    Unit Information for Families- Academic Standards, what students should know and be able to do, and vocabulary.


    Unit:  Geography: The Space Around Us: In this unit, students will begin the foundational process of understanding the space around them, as they use language to describe location. (ex. next, between, near, far…) Students will begin to develop foundational understanding of maps and globes as representation of space in our environments. Students will also identify nature-made physical spaces, such as rivers or hills and human-made spaces, such as schools or parks.

    What families can do at home to help:
    • Have your child draw a map of a room in your home.
    • Explore the neighborhood where you live and complete one of more of the following
    • Clean-up litter
    • Identify landmarks in your neighborhood. Landmarks may be parks, buildings, structures, etc. that are recognizable by people.
    • Describe your environment by using words such as up, down, left, right, near, far, back, in front of.
    Unit Information for Families- Academic Standards, what students should know and be able to do, and vocabulary.

    Unit:Economics: Needs and Wants, Goods and Services: In this unit students will between individual needs (conditions necessary for survival) and wants (conditions desired to be happy). Students will also identify goods (objects that can be touched) and services (actions or activities) that can satisfy their needs and wants.

    What families can do at home to help:
    • When making purchases for your home, discuss the differences of what is a need and what is a want. For example: Needs – to be fed, to be free from thirst, to breathe, to survive; Wants – to have fun, to be famous, to be strong.
    • Discuss a family trip (a day at the park, journey to a relative’s home, summer break plans, etc.). What are the needs for the trip? What are the possible wants for the trip?
    Unit Information for Families- Academic Standards, what students should know and be able to do, and vocabulary.