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Social Studies

1st Grade

Social Studies 1 - Families Now and Long Ago(Link opens to previous resource page for Parkway K-2 Teachers)

Additional resources organized by unit are below.

1.  Me and My Family

  • Where We've Been:  From Scholastic, this is a printable "take-home family page" to be filled out by the students' family members.  The questionnaire helps students gain a better understanding of where their family came from and the different places they have lived.
     
  • Community Helpers are at Your ServiceFrom EconEdLink, this site includes resources that introduce students to the concept of community while also introducing them to the economic concepts of goods, services, and role of government.  Included here are lesson ideas and some great resources for students.
  • Memory Mobile Family Project:  From National Geographic Kids, this site contains directions and resources for students to create their very own family tree mobile.
     
  • Mister Rogers' Neighborhood - Build a Neighborhood:  From PBS Kids, this site allows children to build their own neighborhood and in the process teaches them that neighborhoods and communities can come in many different forms.

2.  Families Long Ago

  • Immigration:  Stories of Yesterday and Today:  From Scholastic, this site features stories about immigrants who arrived to the United States in the early 20th century and about immigrants and children who are arriving today. 
     
  • The First Thanksgiving:  From Scholastic, this site is full of media that describes how the Pilgrims reached America and describes the daily lives of the Native Americans that they encountered upon their arrival.
     
  • On the Trail of Captain John Smith:  A Jamestown Adventure:  From National Geographic Kids, this is an interactive site that includes media and games for children as they learn about the Jamestown colonists and their interaction with the Powhatan.
     
  • Colonial Williamsburg for Kids :  This site is full of media-rich games and stories that introduce students to the lives of colonial Americans, "slave and free, rich and poor".

3.  This is Our Country

  • George Washington's World for Kids:  From Washington's World, this is an interactice site that allows students to take a virtual trip to Mt. Vernon and explore the world of George Washington.
     
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Photo Gallery:  From National Geographic Kids, this site includes 10 photos documenting the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 
     
  • Abe Lincoln Coloring Book:  From Lincoln Bicentennial, this site contains downloads for printable coloring pages for various stages of Lincoln's life.
     
  • Meet Amazing Americans:  From America's Library, this site contains a brief biography for famous Americans from all walks of life. 
     
  • Symbols of the U.S. Government Activity Book:  From Ben's Guide to Government for Kids, this is a printable activity book that covers all of the major symbols of our government and country.

  • Symbols of U.S. Government:  From Ben's Guide to Government for Kids, this site contains explanations behind many of our nation's symbols.

  • Symbols of the United States:  From Enchanted Learning, another good resource for printables of our nation's symbols. 

4.  Location!  Location!  Location!

  • Google Earth:  Most likely already installed on your machine, this application is highly engaging to students and does a great job at showing perspective as it relates to location and distance.
     
  • Interactive Map - Using a Compass Rose:  From Education Place, this site includes an interactive map of a neighborhood and poses three questions to students that engages them in the use of the compass rose to find the correct answer.

  • Marble:  From KDE Technologies, this is a download site for the interactive globe application, Marble.  It is similar to Google Earth in some respects, but it includes some neat features that Google Earth does not - precipitation, temperature, street, historical maps, and the earth at night.  It also allows the user to switch views between globe, Mercator, and flat projection.
     
  • The Orientometer:  From National Geographic, this activity gives students the opportunity to earn "Cardinal Points" by correctly identifying North, South, West, Northeast, Northwest, Southeast, and Southwest - East is identified for them.  Students earn a point for each one they get correct - they have to keep track of their own scores.
     
  • USA Map Games:  From Sheppard Software, this site includes many interactive games for USA geography.  Each game is presented in levels that vary in degree of difficulty from "Tutorial" to "Cartographer" and includes a voiceover announcing the name of the state or region when selected.
     
  • World Continent Games:  From Sheppard Software, this site includes interactive games for world geography.  Each game is presented in levels that vary in degree of difficulty from "Tutorial" to "Expert" and includes a voiceover announcing the name of the continent or ocean when selected.

5.  Producers and Consumers

  • Community Helpers are at Your ServiceFrom EconEdLink, this site includes resources that introduce students to the concept of community while also introducing them to the economic concepts of goods, services, and role of government.  Included here are lesson ideas and some great resources for students.

  • Community Club:  From Scholastic, this site introduces students to eight different workers in a community.

  • We are Consumers and Producers:  From EconEdLink, this site includes lesson ideas, resources, and activities for helping students learn how they and their families fulfill the roles of consumers and producers in their homes and in their communities.

  • Simple Simon Meets a Producer:  From EconEdLink, this site uses the rhyme Simple Simon and the Pie Man and other ideas, resources, and activities to introduce students to the concepts of consumer and producer.

6.  Community Action

  • Kids Next Door:  From the Department of Housing and Urban Development, this site contains ideas for community service and includes community-related educational materials and activities for children.