Sunday, January 20, 2013

Kindergarten Standards for Social Studies

With my daughter in Kindergarten, I have some state standards to satisfy with her this year. I have the standards broken down into subjects in an Excel spreadsheet and then I created a spreadsheet where I copied and pasted the standards and then added activities that will satisfy those standards. Here are some of the things I've put together:

  • To explore how other children around the world have unique needs and also needs in common, we are reading from Children Just Like Me. There are many other books that will satisfy this requirement, but we already have this one. Here are a few that I found:
      • To explore past events and important people through literature in legends and historical accounts we will be reading selections from The American Story: 100 True Tales from American History by Jennifer Armstrong. Again, this is a book we already have. We will also incorporate various books from the library to learn about folks like Betsy Ross, Johnny Appleseed, Ben Franklin, Paul Revere, George Washington and Abraham Lincoln. Here are a few:
      I was able to find a free lapbook for Abe Lincoln: The Boy Who Loved Books over at 
      They also have a Ben Franklin lapbook that was made to go with the D'Aulaire Benjamin Franklin book. This one is more for older students, but we may use some of the activities.
      • Next on the standards list is getting familiar with U.S. holidays, such as Memorial Day, Thanksgiving, President's Day (see yesterday's post for this one), Martin Luther King, Jr birthday, etc. I don't have all of these planned out yet, but has a Martin Luther King, Jr. express lapbook that we're going to use. Right now it's on sale for $1.00. You can't beat that with a stick (as my Grandma used to say).
      •  We have to get familiar with the location of our state, Oklahoma, on a map and be able to recognize the Oklahoma flag. This will be satisfied by looking at maps of the U.S. and putting together the Oklahoma Mini Lapbook, also at It's only $1.00, too. They have one for every state.

      • We have to learn about the American Flag. We will do this flag craft  
      and make this flag snack:
       or maybe this one: 
      Or maybe both. :o)
      • We'll practice the pledge of allegiance and talk about what it means.
      • We'll listen to and sing along with the Star Spangled Banner and talk about who wrote it and why.
      •  We'll do some activities from U is for U.S.A. over at
      • We'll explore some books about the flag:
        • We have to develop an understanding of city/town, state, country. We will accomplish this by going through Me on the Map

        That just about does it. There are a few standards I didn't plan for because we've either already mastered them or they will be satisfied in our every day living and need no planning. 

        What are you doing to meet your kindergarten standards this year?


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