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999 West Dundee Road
Wheeling, Illinois 60090

Phone: 847-537-8270

Superintendent: Dr. Michael Connolly

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Social Studies

Celebrating Our Differences

Here in My Home

CONCEPTS

Similarities, Differences, and Resources

Power Standards

  • Explain why communities exist.
  • Compare/contrast the ways individuals and groups meet their needs.
  • Compare a personal custom/tradition to that of another family or community.

 

Essential Understandings & Guiding Questions

 

Essential Understanding: Traditions build shared experiences among family members.

Guiding Questions

  • What are traditions?
  • What traditions does your family celebrate?
  • How do the traditions bring you together?
  • How do you and your family celebrate your traditions (immediate and extended)?
  • What are the differences in people‚Äôs traditions?

 

Essential Understanding: In communities individuals have certain roles, responsibilities and jobs.

Guiding Questions

  • What is a role?
  • What is a responsibility?
  • How do roles and responsibilities help people?
  • What are different roles and jobs within a family?
  • What does it mean to be responsible?
  • How do you use your behavior to help your family?
  • Why do you need to cooperate?
  • What happens when there is no cooperation?

 

Essential Understanding: Groups of people need rules.

Guiding Questions

  • What are rules?
  • Why do groups of people need rules?

 

Essential Understanding: Families and communities provide for basic needs.

Guiding Questions

  • What are basic needs?
  • How do families provide for our basic needs?
  • How do communities provide for our basic needs?

 

CRITICAL CONTENT

Rules

  • Home
  • School
  • Purpose of rules

 

Roles

  • Family
  • School
  • Community leaders
  • Community helpers

 

Rights and Responsibilities

  • Basic government
  • Rights and responsibilities of individuals
  • Rights and responsibilities of groups
  • Decision making

 

Traditions and Culture

  • Home
  • Neighborhood
  • Cultural significance and respecting differences

 

Meeting Our Needs

CONCEPTS

Similarities, Differences, and Resources

POWER STANDARDS

  • Explain why communities exist.
  • Compare/contrast the ways individuals and groups meet their needs.
  • Compare a personal custom/tradition to that of another family or community.
  • Describe natural and man-made features in the area (e.g., parks, homes, schools, lakes, rivers, forests).
  • Distinguish between areas of land and bodies of water on local and state maps and globes.

 

ESSENTIAL UNDERSTANDINGS & GUIDING QUESTIONS

 

Essential Understanding: Products and services meet our needs.

Guiding Questions

  • What are people’s basic needs?
  • What services do we need?
  • Where do products come from?
  • What products do farms produce?
  • What products do factories produce?
  • Why are products produced?
  • How do products and services impact your everyday life?
  • What is the difference between needs and wants?
  • How is the farm (rural) different from where you live (urban/suburban)?

 

Essential Understanding: Places can be described relative to their surroundings and by their geographic features.

Guiding Questions

  • What geographic features are around your neighborhood?
  • How can you describe the location of your neighborhood/state/nation?

 

Essential Understanding: Different communities depend on one another.

Guiding Questions

  • What are some different types of communities?
  • What do other communities offer each other?
  • How do communities help each other?

CRITICAL CONTENT

 

Meeting our needs

  • Needs vs. wants
  • Goods and services
  • Job skills
  • Value of work

 

Comparison of urban and rural communities (e.g., farm and city)

  • Natural resources
  • Geographic features
  • Cultural traditions

 

All Around the World

CONCEPTS

Similarities, Differences, and Resources

POWER STANDARDS

  • Compare a personal custom/tradition to that of another family or community.
  • Describe natural and man-made features in the area (e.g., parks, homes, schools, lakes, rivers, forests).
  • Distinguish between areas of land and bodies of water on local and state maps and globes.

 

ESSENTIAL UNDERSTANDINGS & GUIDING QUESTIONS

 

Essential Understanding: Places can be described relative to their surroundings and by their geographic features.

Guiding Questions

  • What geographic features are around your neighborhood/state/country?
  • How can you describe the location of your neighborhood/state/nation?
  • How is your region different from other places in the world?

 

Essential Understanding: Similarities exist among diverse cultures.

Guiding Questions

  • What are some common characteristics between all cultures?
  • How are other cultures similar to our own?
  • What traditions do other cultures celebrate?
  • What are the traditions of other cultures similar to our own?

 

CRITICAL CONTENT

 

Where we are?

  • Location of state relative to the nation and the world
  • Important geographical features (e.g., oceans, lakes, mountains, rivers)
  • Different traditions and cultures within our local communities

 

Compare and contrast our region/country with one other region or country

  • Language
  • Traditions
  • Values
  • Geography