• Social Studies Links

    My Community and Region

    Vocabulary:  rural, urban, suburban, community, traditions, practices, culture, people, map


    • What makes up a community?
    • Who makes up a community?
    • How has the community changed over time?

    Home activities

    1.  When going on a car trip, pull out a map and have your child try to find your beginning and ending destinations.

    2.  When traveling, explain which direction you are going.  (north, south, etc.)

    3.  Search for different community buildings and talk about what gets accomplished in each place you discover.

    4.  Discuss your family traditions and heritage, and the role they play in the community in which you live.

    5.  Talk about the ways your family can contribute to the community.  



    People and the Physical Environment

    Vocabulary:  environment, geography, rural, urban, suburban, poverty, features


    ·         Communities have different geological features.  We will be focusing on lakes, rivers, valleys, mountains, farms and cities.

    Home activities

    1.  Talk about Lake Ontario and visit the lake to give children the experience of actually seeing the landform.  Note the shoreline, the horizon, and animal and plant life near the lake.

    2.  Discuss how the location of the community and landforms determine what is important in our community.  (i.e. farming, services, etc.)



    Challenge of Meeting Wants and Needs

    Vocabulary:  goods, services, need, want, choice, consumer, product, resources


    • What is a service?  Who provides services?
    • What are goods?  Who provides goods?
    • What are resources?

    Home activities

    1.  When visiting town, discuss with your child what is provided at the establishment you are going to:  goods or services?  What are those goods or services?

    2.  Take your child to the grocery store and discover which produce is grown locally, thinking about which geographical feature helped the process.


    People Using Human, Capital and Natural Resources / Economic Decision Making

    Vocabulary:  scarcity, budget, reuse, reduce, recycle / employment, business


    • What can be done to recycle in your community?
    • How can you reuse what you have to conserve waste?
    • Which businesses in the community help to provide employment to community members?

    Home Activities

    1.  Set up a recycling center in your home to help children get started on reducing, reusing and recycling.

    2.  Talk about local businesses and the benefit of doing business within the community.



    Symbols of Citizenship / Responsibilities and Roles of Citizenship

    Making and Changing Rules and Laws

    Vocabulary:  American flag, 50 stars for 50 states, 13 stripes for the original 13 colonies, holidays, names of the 50 states, capitals, rights, rules, responsibility


    • What can a citizen do to participate in decision-making and problem solving in the community?
    • What are the 50 states and their capitals?
    • What are the cultural and traditional customs and celebrations in our country?
    • Who makes, develops, and enforces the laws?

    Home Activities:  

    1.  Print out a map of the United States, cut it up and use it as a puzzle activity for your child.

    2.  Quiz your child on the capital of each state.

    3.  Try to name the 50 states, one by one.