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Kindergarten social studies

kindergarten social studies


Social studies combines well with many subjects

Kindergarten social studies integrates well with art, literature, and drama. Rather than teaching social studies skills in isolation, teach them as children participate in hands on activities. Social studies skills develop naturally through play, dramatizations, role playing, fieldtrips and through the study of themes.

Most kindergarten children enjoy making pictures and maps or models with Plasticine or other modeling compounds. They like to create with blocks, and listen to and act out stories. Social studies toys and puzzles also help children become familiar with the concepts of mapping and community.

What social studies skills do my students need to know?

Preschool and kindergarten children are learning to:

  • work in groups
  • gather information from personal experiences, books, videos
  • share information in a variety of ways

Teach kindergarten social studies skills with literature

There are many good stories that help children build kindergarten social studies vocabulary, learn to solve problems, and increase skills and knowledge in social studies topics. These books lend themselves to discussions of maps and landmarks, creating graphs of character or family members and noticing differences and similarities between families.

Every Book Is a Social Studies Book: How to Meet Standards with Picture Books, K - 6 , published in 2011, shows you how a social studies lessons can be incorporated into nearly any subject. Each chapter is organized around one of the National Council for the Social Studies' Ten Thematic Strands, covering topics ranging from community and individuality to science and technology.

Suggested literature and sample activities:




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The book above is for children in grades 2 - 4 but has many ideas on how to teach geography concepts.

It has simple text and interactive formats-such as pop-ups, pull-tabs, and peek-throughs that invite children to explore volcanoes, caves, glaciers, rivers, and other landforms.

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