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PreK Social Studies: Introduction

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Social Studies Practices

Descriptions of the Social Studies skills and practices which provide a sense of what students are doing as they develop into social studies literate citizens. 


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Sample Unit Progression 

This year-long and/or course progression provides a sample vision for the learning experience that engages in meaningful, connected social studies. Unit samples offer examples of collaborative and inquiry-based lesson ideas, as well as classroom-ready formative assessments.

Objective Analysis 


Analysis for each grade-level content standard and learning objective is provided in a manner to support deep understanding of goals and expectations for the teacher and student. 

Following each Objective Analysis are links to Instructional Resources providing recommendations for lesson ideas, student-centered tasks, primary and secondary resources. Recommendations are not intended to be an exhaustive listing of instructional possibilities.


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Engagement Strategies

Suggested instructional strategies to support the Social Studies Practices, develop critical thinking, and engage students in collaborative inquiry.

In the Pre-Kindergarten, students are introduced to the four strands of the social studies discipline: Civic, History, Geography, and Economics. Students explore the purpose of rules and laws for the safety and benefit of the community, develop geographic understandings of relative location, ask economic questions such as why people work, and begin investigations featuring historic personalities and groups of citizens who have made significant contributions to the community and our nation. 











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