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 Pre K - K Social Studies
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Learning Outcomes
Teaching/Learning Strategies
The Student will be able to:
  • Recall events and/or people celebrated during U.S. national holidays (such as Columbus Day, Independence Day, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Presidents’ Day, St. Valentine’s Day, St. Patrick’s Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas) and their importance. (H)
  • Identify sequential actions, such as first, next, last, in stories and use them to describe personal experiences. (H)
  • Discuss in temporal order personal family events. (H)
  • Correctly apply words and phrases related to chronology and time (now, long ago, before, after; morning, afternoon, night; today, tomorrow, yesterday; last or next week, month, year; and present, past, and future tenses of verbs.) (H)
  • Use correctly the word because in the context of stories or personal experiences. (H)
  • Recall words and phrases that indicate location and direction, such as up, down, near, far, left, right, straight, back, behind, and in front of and use them to explain locations/features in immediate neighborhood of home or school. (G)
  • Tell or show what a map is and what a globe is. (G)
  • State his/her home and school street address, city or town, state, and country in which he or she lives. (G)
  • Celebrate national holidays.  Read stories about holidays.  Discuss important people, events, create a craft/mobile/picture that will help students recall the importance of the holidays.  Give students the opportunity to share stories, pictures, trinkets used at home as decorations and/or memorabilia.   
  • Using a previously read story, as a group retell the story in sequential order.  Reminding/stressing appropriate use of words such as first, next, last etc.  Continue this process by retelling or drawing out a day in school.
  • Read a story about Thanksgiving traditions.  Have students share their family traditions with the class.  Broaden the conversation with discussions comparing similarities or differences with past and present celebrations, remembering to include future ideas or hopes.  Students could draw a picture representing past, present, and hope/change for the future.
  • Using a popular Bible story such as Noah’s Ark, ask students to retell the story.  Encourage the correct emphasis of the word, because by asking questions with ‘Why’.  With teachers’ guidance, students should be encouraged/prompted to complete a sentence or phrase.  Noah built an ark...because….
  • Go on a walk around school/community.  While walking, use correct words or phrases to describe direction being traveled.  Make arrows for students to hold.  Encourage them to point the arrow in the direction given.  Continue direction following in class.  Hide an object in the classroom.  Orally give directions to student(s) guiding them to the hidden object.  
  • Show students both a map (country, state, and city map) and a globe.  Have students compare both, similarities and differences of each.  Explain what each is and when or what each can be used for.  Using both the school address and students’ address, locate them on the map.  
  • In alignment with MA State Frameworks’ Learning Standards:Pre-K-K. 1, 2,  3, 4
  • Values/Attitudes
  • Resources
  • Assessment
  • Develop communication skills.
  • Encourage self-awareness.
  • Acquire a sense of community.
  • Demonstrate honesty.
We Need Directions! by Sarah DeCapia
Clifford’s Family by Norman Bridwell

  • Celebrate Our Nation Day – provide the students the opportunity to celebrate their favorite holiday.  Students can dress up as an important person and talk about their favorite holiday including month it is celebrated, important people, and events.
  • Using students’ daily journals, students retell what they have drawn and explain why.  Explanations include retelling in sequential & chronological order and the correct use of the word because when describing why something specific was drawn.
  • Provide students with an outline map of the school, classroom, hallway, and/or lunchroom.  Teacher will direct student to start and end at a specific location.  Using the map, the student will draw out the course taken and orally indicating direction taken.

Learning Outcomes
Teaching/Learning Strategies