Kindergarten Social Studies is an introduction to broad topics connected to the lives of young children. Students will explore the sphere of their experiences within their local community and begin an identification of their place in West Virginia. They will begin developing a view of themselves as collaborative, responsible citizens in the democratic society to which they belong. Through the active investigation of their community, students will develop an understanding of how people interact with their physical environment and each other to meet their basic needs. As this sense of location matures, students will explore the past through collaboration and research.
Develop an understanding of citizenship and patriotism through a variety of experiences (e.g., appropriate behavior, sharing, taking turns, volunteering, being honest and demonstrating responsibility for materials and personal belongings).
Participate in role play to resolve disputes, and demonstrate tolerance and acceptance of others and their ideas.
Investigate the need for rules in their environment, create a set of classroom rules, and explore the consequences for not following the rules.
Investigate the leadership roles within their families, classrooms and schools and demonstrate their understanding through activities such as role play and classroom jobs.
Investigate occupations within the school and local community.
Discover the basic needs of people (e.g., shelter, food, clothing, etc.) and give examples of each.
Investigate the exchange of goods and services (e.g., money, bartering, trading, etc.).
Distinguish between wants and needs.
Construct a simple map of a familiar area (e.g., classroom, school, home, etc.).
Identify the difference between bodies of water and land masses on maps and globes, and demonstrate directions (e.g., left/right, up/down, near/far and above/under).
Compare and contrast the ways humans adapt based on seasons and weather.
Explore similarities and differences of life in the city (urban) and the country (rural).
Investigate the need for symbols in daily life (e.g., exit, stop sign, bathroom signs, school zone, stop light, etc.).
Illustrate personal history (e.g., first and last name, birthday, age, guardian’s name, and other personal data).
Explore the history of the school and give examples of significant sites and people (e.g., principals, secretaries, teachers, custodians, etc.).
Investigate the past and explore the differences in other people, times and cultures through stories of people, heroes, pictures, songs, holidays, customs, traditions or legends.
Explore time, places, people and events in relationship to student’s own life (e.g., family trees, pictures, stories, etc.).
Investigate state symbols, celebrations, holidays and prominent West Virginians.
Identify the shape of West Virginia.
Track the weather to illustrate West Virginia’s climate.
Recognize local community names.
Compare and contrast past and present lifestyles of West Virginians.