Students begin a global approach to social studies with a study of themselves, their families, and other families around the world. They learn how individuals and families grow and change and compare how they are alike and different. Students approach the understanding of self and family while developing and defining concepts about themselves and the family structure. They acquire the concept that all families worldwide have basic common needs, yet meet these needs in a variety of ways. Goals in kindergarten focus on developing positive attitudes about themselves, their families, and families of diverse cultures.

Strands: Individual Development and Identity, Cultures and Diversity, Historical Perspectives, Geographic Relationships, Economics and Development, Global Connections, Technological Influences, Government and Active Citizenship


Competency Goal 1 The learner will investigate how individuals, families, and groups are similar and different.


1.01 Describe how individuals are unique and valued.

1.02 Identify different groups to which individuals belong.

1.03 Examine diverse family structures around the world.

1.04 Recognize that families and groups have similarities and differences.

1.05 Compare and contrast customs of families in communities around the world.

Competency Goal 2 The learner will identify and exhibit qualities of responsible citizenship in the classroom, school, and other social environments.


2.01 Exhibit citizenship traits such as integrity, responsibility, and trustworthiness in the classroom, school, and other social environments.

2.02 Participate in democratic decision making.

2.03 Describe the importance of rules and laws.

2.04 Analyze classroom problems and suggest fair solutions.

Competency Goal 3 The learner will recognize and understand the concept of change in various settings.


3.01 Observe and describe how individuals and families grow and change.

3.02 Evaluate how the lives of individuals and families of the past are different from what they are today.

3.03 Observe and summarize changes within communities.

3.04 Recognize changes in the classroom and school environments.

Competency Goal 4 The learner will explain celebrated holidays and special days in communities.


4.01 Explore how families express their cultures through celebrations, rituals, and traditions.

4.02 Identify religious and secular symbols associated with famous people, holidays, and specials days of diverse cultures.

4.03 State reasons for observing special, religious, and secular holidays of diverse cultures.


Competency Goal 5 The learner will express basic geographic concepts in real life situations.


5.01 Locate and describe familiar places in the home, school, and other environments.

5.02 Create and interpret simple maps, models, and drawings of the home, school, and other environments.

5.03 Describe the functions of places in the home, school, and other environments.

5.04 Recognize and explain seasonal changes of the environment.

5.05 Identify and state how natural and human resources are used within the community.

Competency Goal 6 The learner will apply basic economic concepts to home, school, and the community.


6.01 Distinguish between wants and needs.

6.02 Examine the concept of scarcity and how it influences the economy.

6.03 Identify examples of how families and communities work together to meet their basic needs and wants.

6.04 Give examples of how money is used within the communities, such as spending and savings.

6.05 Explore goods and services provided in communities.

Competency Goal 7 The learner will recognize how technology is used at home, school, and the community.


7.01 Identify different types of media and forms of communication.

7.02 Explore modes of transportation at home and around the world.

7.03 Describe functions of computers and other electronic devices used in the home, school, and other environments.


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