WHAT YOUR CHILD WILL LEARN IN GRADE K
- Use a calendar to determine day of the week, month and year.
- Place events in correct order on a timeline.
- Identify different types of primary sources.
- Observe situations in pictures and within the classroom and identify problems to be solved. (e.g. sharing, materials, taking turns, conflict management)
- Obtain information through non print materials (pictures, photographs, and family memorabilia.
- Gather information to help answer questions.
Civics & Government
- Vote on classroom issues and verbalize a reason for a voting preference.
- List services in the community that are helpful to themselves and their family.
- Recognize the American flag located in the classroom.
- Identify National holidays and recognize these on the calendar.
- Identify the meaning of patriotic ceremonies (e.g., raising the flag, pledge of allegiance)
- Participate in the construction of simple maps and models representing the classroom, school, and community.
- Identify their street, address, phone number and zip code.
- Use a globe to point out land and water .
- Describe life on a farm and life in the city .
- Identify uses for land and water .
- Describe different types of transportation .
- Categorize different areas of the home and classroom where various activities take place.
- Distinguish between needs and wants within the classroom and home.
- Identify resources used at school and at home.
- Explain division of labor and types of work found in school community.
- Explore why resources may become scarce.
Diversity & Global Perspective
- Identify generations within the family.
- Describe various roles within the family.
- Distinguish differences and similarities among individuals and families.
- Recognize that the actions of individuals make a difference, and relate the stories of people from diverse backgrounds who have contributed to the heritage of the United States.
How You Can Help Your Child
- Foster a positive attitude towards the subject matter and explore ways to engage your child in learning about social studies.
- Show an interest in what they are learning in school, discuss concepts with them and give them examples of social studies from their daily lives that they can relate to.
- Build your child's self-esteem by sharing stories about their family heritage instilling pride and confidence in who they are.
- Visit local and national museums (whenever possible) during weekends and school breaks to uncover the history of different cultures.
- Social Studies is a subject that requires lots of reading, therefore it is important to read to and provide your child with access to rich, relevant and engaging subject matter.