Social Studies Activities

The following activities such as creating an "All About Me" book, Visiting the Local Library, Creating a Self-Portrait can be used to help increase the understanding of the social and physical environments of Pre-K students.

His/Her Role

  • Create and "All About My Family" Book. Let the child bring to class to share.
  • Invite parents and family members to share information about their jobs.
  • Identify "jobs" children can help with at home (soring silverware, folding laundry, cleaning up toys, feeding pets, with siblings).
  • Talk about how everyone in the family should help make the home a comfortable place to live.
  • Encourage children to look for community helpers such as mail carriers, police officers, bus drivers, teachers, doctors, nurses, cashiers, custodians, crossing guards, firemen, etc.
  • Look at family pictures and talk about family stories. Encourage your child to draw a picture of your immediate family members. Help your child label the pictures, using terms such as "uncle", "cousin", and "grandmother" in addition to their names. Ask questions, such as Who is Mom's brother? How is (Frank) related to you?"

Geographical Thinking

  • Visit the local library and choose books relating to various cultures, genders, and diabilities.
  • Draw the outline of the home. Point our the windows & doors. Have them draw in beds and other furnishings.
  • Create a lists of community landmarks (library, local historical sites, parks) to visit.
  • Talk about the people in your neighborhood and the stores and buildings that make up your neighborhood.
  • Use blocks and a variety of art materials to create a model of your street
  • Take an imaginary walk down the street, stopping at each "store" or "home" to name the owner or occupants. For example, say: (Mrs. Martinez) lives here. Who lives next door to (Mrs. Martinez)? While taking your imaginary walk down the street pretend to have your child ring the bell and introduce herself/himself to the neighbors.

Respect for Differences in People

  • Create self-portraits; suggest using mirrors to examine individual differences.
  • Go through old magazines and cut our "people pictures". Point out differences in hair color, length, style and texture, skin color, age, genders, and abilities.
  • Produce and distribute a cookbook of favorite family recipes.
  • Collect photographs or illustrations of families from magazines and newspapers. Make sure to include diverse family groups and talk about how they are different or they are the same as their family

Tips for Developing the Whole Child

  • Talk with your child about your immediate and extended family and its history. If possible, encourage frequent interactions between your child and family members of different ages. You can also use photographs or family memorabilia for discussion
  • Have your child interact with and learn from members of your community. For example, as you walk around your neighborhood or town with your child, greet people who work in the community, such as postal employees and store owners.