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    Department of Social Studies

    Mr. Robert Kurtz, District Director of Humanities

    516 434-4038

    rkurtz@hempsteadschools.org 

     
     
    PK – 6th Grade Level Social Studies Curriculum: Content Understandings
     

    Level PK: Self as an Individual

    • Basic awareness of self as an individual
    • Describes how each person is unique and important
    • Identifies family members, family characteristics and functions
    • Describes his/her own community
    • Demonstrates awareness and appreciation of their own culture and other cultures
    • Demonstrates an understanding of roles, rights and responsibility at home, school and in the community

    Level K: Self and Others

    • Myself and others
    • My family and other families
    • My school and community
    • My neighborhood
    • Location of home, school, neighborhood, and community on maps and globes
    • Basic human needs and wants
    • People helping one another to meet needs and wants
    • Symbols of citizenship
    • Rights, responsibilities and roles of citizenship
    • People making and changing rules and laws
    • People making rules that involve consideration of others and benefit all

    Grade 1: My Family and Other Families, Now and Long Ago

    • My family and other families
    • History of my family
    • My community local region
    • Places in my community and local region
    • Challenge of meeting needs and wants
    • Economic decision making
    • Symbols of citizenship
    • Rights, responsibilities and roles of citizenship
    • People making and changing rules and laws

    Grade 2: My Community and Other United States Communities

    • My community and region today
    • People depending on and modifying the physical environment
    • Challenge of meeting needs and wants
    • People using human, capital, and natural resources
    • Economic decision making
    • Symbols of citizenship
    • Rights, responsibilities and roles of citizenship
    • People making and changing rules and laws

    Grade 3: Communities Around the World—Learning About People and Places

    • Cultures and civilizations
    • Communities around the world
    • The location of world communities
    • Physical, human, and cultural characteristics of world communities
    • People depending on and modifying the physical environment
    • Challenge of meeting needs and wants in world communities
    • Economic decision making in world communities
    • Symbols of citizenship in world communities
    • People making and changing rules and laws
    • Governments around the world

    Grade 4: Local History and Local Government

    • Native American Indians of New York State
    • Three worlds (Europe, the Americas, Africa) meet in the Americas
    • Colonial and Revolutionary periods
    • The Revolutionary War in New York State
    • The new nation
    • Industrial growth and expansion
    • Urbanization: economic, political and social impacts
    • Government
    • Purposes of government
    • Local and state governments

    Grade 5: The United States, Canada, and Latin America

    • History of the United States, Canada, and Latin America
    • Geography of the United States, Canada, and Latin America
    • The economies of the United States, Canada, and Latin American nations
    • The governments of the United States, Canada, and Latin American nation

     

    Grade 6:  The Eastern Hemisphere


    • History of Eastern Hemisphere nations
    • Geography of Eastern Hemisphere nations
    • Economies of Eastern Hemisphere nations
    • Governments of Eastern Hemisphere nations


     

    From www.nysed.gov