Diocese of Ogdensburg

The Roman Catholic Church in Northern New York

In kindergarten, students study  “Self and Others”. The course introduces students to a variety of Social  Studies concepts—culture, identity, symbols, mapreading, physical systems, sequence and chronology, wants  and needs, and governance. The study of these concepts is organized into five  units of study—Individual Development and Cultural Identity; Civic Ideals and  Practices; Geography, Humans and the Environment; Time, Continuity, and Change;  and Economic Systems. Each unit helps students study themselves in the context  of their immediate surroundings. While studying how they live and the rules  under which they live, students learn that other people may have different  identities, cultures, and experiences in the world compared to their own. As with all of our educational  programs, all instruction is centered in our Catholic Faith foundation. 

In the context of all social studies instruction, students are expected  to use social studies practices which include:

  • chronological and reasoning causation – how events are related  chronologically and how they relate to earlier ideas and events and subsequent  ideas and events which in turn result in periods of history
  • comparison and contextualization – similarities and differences among  geographic regions where varying historical development affected societies,  economics and culture
  • geographic reasoning – the relationship between people, places, and the  environment and the overall effects on human activities over time
  • gathering, using and interpreting evidence – using evidence from diverse  sources and multiple perspectives to understand as well as to construct and  deconstruct arguments related to topics of social studies
  • role of individual in social and political participation-investigate ways  of participation, respectful dissent and engaging in methods of change  including written, verbal (debate) and social media       

The content of Kindergarten social  studies is centered around the following Common Core Domains and Key Ideas:

Individual Development and Cultural  Identity

  • child’s  sense of self is shaped by experiences that are unique to them and their  families and by the common experiences shared by a community or nation
  • children,  families, and communities exhibit cultural similarities and differences
  • symbols  and traditions help develop a shared culture and identity within the United  States

Civic Ideals and Practices

  • rules  affect children and adults, and people make and change rules for many reasons
  • children  and adults have rights, responsibilities and duties at home, school, and in the  community
  • children  and adults play different roles in a school and community.  A leader is a person with important  responsibilities to protect the interest of others

Geography, Humans, and the Environment

  • maps  and globes are representations of Earth’s surface that are used to locate and  understand places and regions.
  • people  and communities are affected by and adapt to their physical environment

Time,  Continuity, and Change                                        

  • the  past, present, and future describe points in time and help us to see how people  in the past lived
  • people  celebrate historic national holidays to recognize their importance in the  United States

Economic Systems

  • people  perform different jobs as members of a community to meet their basic wants and  needs, and to help others in the community