Tuesday, October 27, 2009

New York City Kindergarten Social Studies Scope & Sequence

Below is the NYC Kindergarten Social Studies Scope & Sequence for the months of November and December provided by the Department of Education.  Gifted and Talented acceleration will be provided in The Roosevelt Island School K003 class through curriculum compacting and differentiation of instruction to maximize learning for advanced students. As part of this module students in K003 class will have "Winter Holidays Around the World" Social Studies Workshops, where parents from different backgrounds will share their culture's traditions, and thus illustrate cultural diversity for the children.  To enhance children's understanding of holidays and traditions, students will also participate in class creative projects (e.g. create ginger-bread houses), and see the Nutcracker ballet.


Essential Question:  How are people unique?
Identity and Diversity:
- All people share common characteristics

- All people have needs (food, clothing, shelter) and wants (toys, games, treats)
- Needs and wants are satisfied in a variety of ways
- People are diverse
- People are unique
People can be characterized by:
- gender (boy, girl)
- physical characteristics (height,eye and hair color, age)
- ethnicity/culture (Spanish, Jewish, African-American, etc.)
- language (English, Korean, Arabic, Spanish, etc.)
- beliefs (cultural beliefs, religion)
Developing Identity:
- Culture
- Family values
- School, teachers
- Friends
- Environment
Self as Learner:
- Learning is important
- People learn in different ways
- People learn from families and teachers
- People have various talents and abilities
- People change and grow as learners
Developing Civic Awareness:
- Students help each other in many ways
- Considerate classmates are good citizens
- Being a citizen involves rights and responsibilities
- Communities/organizations identify/elect leaders

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