Key Concepts - Social Studies

Provided below are key concepts for each academic subject area. Concepts are listed by subject and grade and give additional insight into the curriculum and instruction for the College for Kids Program. Listed are the themes for each subject area, followed by the key learning concept which inspires the in class product that is created by the students. Also listed are the essential concepts that will be taught in the classroom.

1st Grade Social Studies
Theme
Great Inventors
Key Learning

How did the historic figures make our lives better?

Product
George Washington Carver and Benjamin Franklin
Essential Concepts
  • Comparison of similarities and differences
  • Interpret timelines
  • Significance of contributions made
  • Goods and services
  • Scarcity

 

2nd Grade Social Studies
Theme
Creek and Cherokee
Key Learning

How did the Creek and Cherokee cultures improve our lives in Georgia?

Product

Georgia's First People

Essential Concepts
  • Life and character traits of Sequoyah
  • Similarities and differences Creek and Cherokee
  • Influences of time and place
  • Significance of contributions made
  • Similarities and differences to life today

 

3rd Grade Social Studies
Theme
Native American Nation
Key Learning

How does where we live shape how we live?

Product

American Indians: Past and Present

Essential Concepts
  • Culture of Native American Indians
  • Regions: Artic, Northwest, Southwest, Plains, Northeast, Southeast
  • Sequence of events - cause and effect
  • Contribution to American life today

 

4th Grade Social Studies
Theme
All Aboard: Steam Locomotion
Key Learning

How did steam locomotion improve productivity in the United States?

Product

Steamboats and Steam Locomotives

Essential Concepts
  • Movement or migration of people
  • Ideas and effects on society
  • Unintended consequences
  • Influences on social, political, and economic decisions

 

5th Grade Social Studies
Theme
The U.S. Constitution
Key Learning

How does the U.S. government and its citizens work together?

Product

Citizenship, Business, and the Government

Essential Concepts
  • Framework of the U.S. Constitution
  • Role of the U.S. Government
  • Citizenship - rights and responsibilities