What is the first thing you learn in social studies?
Learn the basics of geography, including the 7 continents and 5 oceans. Understand the meaning of civics and government. Discover the importance of history and why it matters.
Introduction to Social Studies
History: The study of past events. Geography: The study of the physical features of the Earth and the distribution of life across it. Civics: The study of the rights and responsibilities of citizens in a society.
The first recorded history of social studies in American education was in 1635 when Harvard College began teaching the subject. Social studies classes were originally called 'civics' and focused on teaching students how to be good citizens. In the mid-1800s, social studies classes began to focus on teaching geography, anthropology, and sociology.
Did you know?
What is social studies? What do we learn in social studies class?
What countries have we studied so far this week?
What have you learned about social studies this week?
What connections have you made between social studies and the world around you?
Brain break: Draw a goofy monkey swinging from vine to vine, eating a banana in midair.
Question: How did the pilgrims survive their first winter in America in 1620? Clues: • The pilgrims arrived in America in November. • The pilgrims had some supplies from England. • The Native Americans taught the pilgrims how to hunt and grow food. In pairs: Select and solve one of the tasks: A. Draw a picture of the pilgrims arriving in America. B. Create a timeline of the pilgrims first year in America.
What is the name of your teacher?
- Mr. Johnson
- Miss Davis
- Mrs. Smith
What do we call a group of students learning together in a classroom?
Which day of the week do you have social studies class?
Work together in pairs: Q: What is a map key and how do you use it?