These are the goals for social studies instruction in first grade according to the Scarsdale School District's curriculum.In our classroom, these goals are achieved through non-fiction literature lessons, poetry and the study of family life. Family interviews and hands-on map/globe exploration are part of our social studies activities.Social Studies
My Family and Other Families
* Different kinds of families exist in all communities and societies
* Families change over time
* Families have beliefs, customs, and traditions, roles and responsibilities
* My family lives in a community
* Places in my community can be located on a map
* People have wants and needs
* Families help us meet our wants and needs
* We are citizens of our family and school communities and as citizens have rights and responsibilities.
* People make rules and laws to govern and protect themselves for the common good
* What is a family?
* How are families alike and different? (race, ethnicity, culture, family structure)
* How do people in families depend on each other? (roles, responsibilities)
* How do diverse families transmit their beliefs, values, customs and traditions? (celebrations, family stories, artifacts, skills, photographs)
* How have families lived in other places at other times?
* How do families change over time? (within one family, structure of families, roles and responsibilities of family members)
* What is a community?
* What is a map and what is a globe?
* What is the purpose of a map and a globe?
* What are the features of a map? (Title, key, labels, symbols, colors)
* What are the four cardinal directions?
* How are symbols used on a map?
* Where is our country on a map of the world? Where is New York on a map of the United States?
* Where is my home located on a map of my community?
* What is a need? What is a want?
* What are the basic needs?
* How do families meet their wants and needs?
* What is a job and why do people work?
* What are our rights and responsibilities as members of a family and school community?
* What are the purposes of rules and laws in our families and school?
* How can students participate in problem solving, decision-making and conflict resolution for the common good of the family and school?
* What are some symbols of our country and what ideas and values do they represent? (The flag, eagle, Statue of Liberty etc.)
* What is the Pledge of Allegiance and what does it mean?