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Kindergarten Social Studies Overview

The Social Studies Curriculum in Kindergarten acquaints students with the world around them.  Resources for the Social Studies Curriculum are varied, but the basic curriculum is the Social Studies Alive Curriculum developed by Teachers Curriculum Institute.


The kindergarten level of Social Studies Alive! offers a full-year program with lessons that introduce young children to social studies concepts through teacher-led activities and whole group-reading of the "Me and My World" big book. The purpose of social studies for young children, K-6, as for all age groups, is to enable them to understand and participate effectively in their world. Social studies explains their relationship to other people, to institutions, and to the environment. It equips them with the knowledge and understanding of the past necessary for coping with the present and planning for the future. It provides them with the skills for productive problem solving and decision making, as well as for assessing issues and making thoughtful value judgments. Above all, it integrates these skills and understanding into a framework for responsible citizen participation, whether in their play group, the school, the community, or the world. If you would like additional information about the Social Studies Alive! program, please visit their website at


  • Lesson 1:  Who Am I?  What do I look like? What do I care about?  What are my feelings?  What things can I do?  Children explore these questions and create a book of clues to reveal their identities.

  • Lesson 2:  What is a Family?  Children explore their families by creating collages and books that highlight special family traditions and activities.

  • Lesson 3:  How Do I Get Along with Others?  Children learn and practice talking and listening skills and discover why taking turns is an important part of getting along with others.

  • Lesson 4:  How Do I Make Friends?  Children practice the important social skills of greeting and asking someone to play, sharing, and using kind words and actions

  • Lesson 5:  How Do I Solve Problems with Others? Children learn and practice a process for mutual problem solving in which they calm down, talk and listen, and agree on a solution.

  • Lesson 6: How Can I Be a Good Helper at School?  Children learn and practice four ways of helping in the classroom and role-play being a good helper.

  • Lesson 7:  What Is in My Neighborhood?  After learning that a community has buildings, outdoor places, and people, children work together to build a three-dimensional community.

  • Lesson 8:  Where Am I in the World?  Children explore the idea that they are part of several concentrically larger communities. They assemble a picture book that shows the city, state, and country where they live.

  • Lesson 9:  How Do People Live Around the World?  Children learn that the world is full of different people who are alike in important ways. They all talk, learn, eat, and play--and they all have feelings.

  • Lesson 10:  How Can I Help Take Care of the World?  Children explore the three R's of recycling, reducing and reusing.  They learn how paying attention to trash helps people take care of the world.

Through the use of age appropriate materials like the TCI curriculum, kindergarten students will have a beginning understanding of the following Iowa Core Standards:

·         Understand the changing nature of society.

·         Understand all people have individual traits.

·         Understand interactions between self and the peer group.

·         Understand the relationship of the individual to the components of society and culture.

·         Understand that changes in technology impact individuals and society.

·         Understand the universal economic concept of needs and wants.

·         Understand the use of geographic tools to locate and analyze information about people, places, and environments.

·         Understand how geographic and human characteristics create culture and define regions.

·         Understand how human factors and the distribution of resources affect the development of communities and the movement of populations.

·         Understand how geographic processes and human actions modify the environment and how the environment affects humans.

·         Understand individuals and groups within a society may promote change or the status quo.





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