Kindergarten
Social Studies TEKS

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Directions

This document is arranged so that you can have immediate access to the TEKS as they were written by the state of Texas. Each TEKS, including the introduction, will be followed by resources for your use. As you, the teacher, begin to plan for lessons that address the various kindergarten Social Studies TEKS:


        1. Scroll down the document, click on the appropriate TEKS
        2. Review and evaluate the sites and/or software that relate to the designated TEKS
        3. Plan appropriately.

Some of the WWW sites and instructional software can be used with various TEKS. Therefore, you will encounter the use of these WWW sites and software more than once.

 


Kindergarten

Introduction TEKS K.6 TEKS K.12
TEKS K.1 TEKS K.7 TEKS K.13
TEKS K.2 TEKS K.8 TEKS K.14
TEKS K.3 TEKS K.9 TEKS K.15
TEKS K.4 TEKS K.10 TEKS K.16
TEKS K.5 TEKS K.11 TEKS K.17

Introduction

(1)  In Kindergarten, the focus is on the self, home, family, and classroom. The study of our state and national heritage begins with an examination of the celebration of patriotic holidays and the contributions of historical people. The concept of chronology is introduced. Students discuss geographic concepts of location and physical and human characteristics of places. Students are introduced to the basic human needs of food, clothing, and shelter and to ways that people meet these needs. Students learn the purpose of rules and the role of authority figures in the home and school. Students learn customs, symbols, and celebrations that represent American beliefs and principles and contribute to our national identity. Students compare family customs and traditions and describe examples of technology in the home and school. Students acquire information from a variety of oral and visual sources.
    
(2)  To support the teaching of the essential knowledge and skills, the use of a variety of rich material such as biographies; folktales, myths, and legends; and poetry, songs, and artworks is encouraged. Selections may include You're a Grand Old Flag and a children's biography of George Washington. Motivating resources are also available from museums, historical sites, presidential libraries, and local and state preservation societies.
    
(3)  The eight strands of the essential knowledge and skills for social studies are intended to be integrated for instructional purposes. Skills listed in the geography and social studies skills strands in subsection (b) of this section should be incorporated into the teaching of all essential knowledge and skills for social studies. A greater depth of understanding of complex content material can be attained when integrated social studies content from the various disciplines and critical- thinking skills are taught together.
    
(4)  Throughout social studies in Kindergarten-Grade 12, students build a foundation in history; geography; economics; government; citizenship; culture; science, technology, and society; and social studies skills. The content, as appropriate for the grade level or course, enables students to understand the importance of patriotism, function in a free enterprise society, and appreciate the basic values of our state and nation as referenced in the Texas Education Code, 28.002(h).

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K.1

The student understands that holidays are celebrations of special events. The student is expected to:
   
(A)  explain the reasons for national patriotic holidays such as Presidents' Day and Independence Day; and
(B)  identify customs associated with national patriotic holidays such as parades and fireworks on Independence Day.

 

Thanksgiving Fun

This is a site that will link to other sites to find information on Thanksgiving.

 

  Topics and Authors

This is a site that will link to other sites about various holidays.

 

fallstar.gif (782 bytes)  Holidays

This is an overview site that will link to information on holidays.

 

new-year.gif (46648 bytes) New Year’s Around the World

This is a unit on the way New Year’s is celebrated around the world.

 

checkmrk.wmf (758 bytes)  Kwanzaa

This site includes information on the holiday Kwanzaa. it includes recipes that are unique to the feasts of Kwanzaa.

 

rabbit.wmf (7190 bytes)  Easter Theme Page

This site allows the students to learn about Easter. The site contains activities and information about the holiday.

 

  St. Patrick’s Day

This is a site that will link to information on St. Patrick’s Day.

 

fallstar.gif (782 bytes)  More Holidays

This is a site that will link to other sites to find information on different holidays.

 

flag.gif (17160 bytes)  Happy 4th of July

This is a site that has o ton of information on the holiday July 4.

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K.2

The student understands how historical figures and ordinary people helped to shape the community, state, and nation. The student is expected to:
   

(A)  identify the contributions of historical figures such as Stephen F. Austin and George Washington who helped to shape our state and nation; and
(B)  identify ordinary people who have shaped the community.

 

  The Gingerbread Man Trail

This is a lesson to help students to get acclimated with the school environment.

 

wpe3.jpg (26785 bytes)  Abraham Lincoln

This is a site that will allow the students to explore about the life of Abraham Lincoln. It has a variety of links that the students can visit in order to learn about Lincoln.

 

wpeB.gif (1704 bytes)  George Washington

This is a site that will allow the teacher to acquire information about the life of George Washington. It has a variety of links that teachers can visit in order to learn about Washington.




wpe3.jpg (26785 bytes)  The Early Life of Our 16th President

This is a lesson that will help the students get acquainted with our most popular president.

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K.3 

The student understands the concept of chronology. The student is expected to:
   
(A)  place events in chronological order; and
(B)  use vocabulary related to time and chronology, including before, after, next, first, and last.
 

 

wpe13.gif (4738 bytes)  Celebrating the Life or Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

This site contains activities that will help students become aware of the contributions of Martin Luther King Jr.

 

  Family Time Line

This activity allows the students to create a timeline of the important events that occurred in their family.

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K.4

The student understands the concept of location. The student is expected to:
   
(A)  use terms, including over, under, near, far, left, and right, to describe relative location; and
(B)  locate places on the school campus and describe their relative locations.
   

           

TR00262A.gif (1715 bytes)  What is a Map?

This is a ten day unit on maps that includes a variety of ways to introduce maps to children.

 

TR00262A.gif (1715 bytes)  Learning a New Environment 

This lesson helps the students get acquainted with their school and a map.

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K.5

The student understands the physical and human characteristics of the environment. The student is expected to:
   
(A)  identify the physical characteristics of places such as landforms, bodies of water, natural resources, and weather; and
(B)  identify the human characteristics of places such as types of houses and ways of earning a living.

 

kids.gif (13309 bytes)  Project -Continental Quest

This is a collaborative internet project that will contain information about continents, people, climate, and animals.

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K.6

The student understands that basic human needs are met in many ways. The student is expected to:
   
(A)  identify basic human needs; and
(B)  explain how basic human needs of food, clothing, and shelter can be met.

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K.7

The student understands the importance of jobs. The student is expected to:
   
(A)  identify jobs in the home, school, and community; and
(B)  explain why people have jobs.

 

BL00014A.gif (2115 bytes)  Community Helpers

This is a lesson that helps the students realize all the workers that contribute to the community besides the ones that they see on television.

 

BL00014A.gif (2115 bytes)  Picture A Business

This lesson will allow students to explore the jobs in a community through newspapers and advertisements.

 

wpe4.jpg (12281 bytes)  United States Postal Service

This lesson allows the students to explore the postal service and realize that postal workers are a vital part of the communication of people.

 

BL00014A.gif (2115 bytes)  Community Hardships

This site will help you with explaining the needs that people have and how these needs are met by the community.

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K.8

The student understands the purpose of rules. The student is expected to:
   
(A)  identify purposes for having rules; and
(B)  identify rules that provide order, security, and safety in the home and school.

 

  Learning a New Environment

This activity allow the students an interesting way to explore the rules of the school and about their new environment.

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K.9

The student understands the role of authority figures. The student is expected to:
   
(A)  identify authority figures in the home, school, and community; and
(B)  explain how authority figures make and enforce rules.

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K.10

The student understands important customs, symbols, and celebrations that represent American beliefs and principles and contribute to our national identity. The student is expected to:
   
(A)  identify the flags of the United States and Texas;
(B)  recite the Pledge of Allegiance; and
(C)  explain the use of voting as a method for group decision making.

 

  Citizenship Is A Special Status

This is a lesson that allows the students to explore the idea of citizenship of our country, as well as, other countries.

 

flag.gif (17160 bytes)  Our Flag

This lesson will help the children understand that the flag is a symbol of our country and what the stars and stripes stand for.

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K.11

The student understands similarities and differences among people. The student is expected to:
   
(A)  identify personal attributes common to all people such as physical characteristics; and
(B)  identify differences among people.

 

  Cultures of Our Nation

This lesson helps build student’s self-esteem and allows students to become more aware of their cultures.

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K.12

The student understands how people learn about themselves through family customs and
traditions. The student is expected to:
   

(A)  identify family customs and traditions and explain their importance;
(B)  compare family customs and traditions; and
(C)  describe customs of the local community.
       

  Cultures of our Nation

This lesson allows the children to become aware of their rich cultures.

 

  Where We Came From

This activity helps children learn about the country they came from. The children also learn various mapping techniques.

columbus.gif (105919 bytes)  Family Crest

This activity allows children to learn about their family histories by making their own family crest.

 

Book3.wmf (1382 bytes)  Social Studies and Children’s Literature

These units use children’s literature to help students understand ways that families work together and provide needs for each other.

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K.13

The student understands ways technology is used in the home and school. The student is expected to:
   
(A)  identify examples of technology used in the home and school; and
(B)  describe how technology helps accomplish specific tasks.

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K.14

The student understands ways in which technology has changed how people live. The student is expected to:
   
(A)  describe how his or her life might be different without modern technology; and
(B)  list ways in which technology meets people's needs.

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K.15

The student applies critical-thinking skills to organize and use information acquired from a variety of sources including electronic technology. The student is expected to:
   
(A)  obtain information about a topic using a variety of oral sources such as conversations, interviews, and music;
(B)  obtain information about a topic using a variety of visual sources such as pictures, symbols, television, maps, computer images, print material, and artifacts;
(C)  sequence and categorize information; and
(D)  identify main ideas from oral, visual, and print sources.

 

IN00501A.gif (2484 bytes)  Critical Thinking Strategies

This is a lesson that will help the children learn and use critical thinking skills.

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K.16

The student communicates in oral and visual forms. The student is expected to:
   

(A)  express ideas orally based on knowledge and experiences; and
(B)  create and interpret visuals including pictures and maps.

 

TR00262A.gif (1715 bytes)  Make A Map

This lesson allows the students to explore and make a map of their playground.

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K.17

The student uses problem-solving and decision-making skills, working independently and with others, in a variety of settings. The student is expected to:
   
(A)  use a problem-solving process to identify a problem, gather information, list and consider options, consider advantages and disadvantages, choose and implement a solution, and evaluate the effectiveness of the solution; and
(B)  use a decision-making process to identify a situation that requires a decision, gather information, identify options, predict consequences, and take action to implement a decision.

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Source: The provisions of this 113.2 adopted to be effective September 1, 1998, 22 TexReg 7684.

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