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999 West Dundee Road
Wheeling, Illinois 60090

Phone: 847-537-8270

Superintendent: Dr. Michael Connolly

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CCSD21 is a school district comprised of 13 schools across 6 different communities in the northwest suburbs of Chicago.

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School District 21 prides itself on its Professional Learning Community and its rich tradition of professional collaboration, high levels of professional development, and family-like atmosphere. If you see the opportunity to work with colleagues in making a difference in the lives of students and families in a truly diverse setting, School District 21 seeks your application.

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Kindergarten

All Around Me

Me & My Family

CONCEPTS

People, Places, and Cooperation

Power Standards

  • Explain why groups of people need rules.
  • Explain how basic needs are met.
  • Explain how cooperation helps a community.

 

Essential Understandings & Guiding Questions

 

Essential Understanding: People create communities.

Guiding Questions

  • What is a family?
  • What is a community?
  • Why is a family a community?
  • How do family members help each other?
  • How do people in the community help each other?
  • Why is it important to cooperate?

 

Essential Understanding: All people are smart in different ways.

Guiding Questions

  • What are the different ways people can be smart?
  • Why is it important for people to share their strengths?

 

Essential Understanding: Individuals grow and change.

Guiding Questions

  • How do we grow?
  • How do we change?
  • How do we learn about ourselves?
  • How do we learn about others?
  • How do we learn new things?
  • What happens when we learn new things?

 

CRITICAL CONTENT

Family structures

Different types of families

Meeting basic needs

Cooperation

Appreciating Differences

 

Communities Around Me

CONCEPTS

People, Places, and Cooperation

POWER STANDARDS

  • Explain why groups of people need rules.
  • Explain how basic needs are met.
  • Explain how cooperation helps a community.
  • Identify community resources/characteristics as natural or man-made.
  • Describe the relative location of places using terms (e.g., near, far, towards, away from, next to).

 

ESSENTIAL UNDERSTANDINGS & GUIDING QUESTIONS

 

Essential Understanding: People create communities to meet their needs.

Guiding Questions

  • What is a community?
  • Who makes up a community?
  • What do we need?
  • How do communities meet our needs?
  • Why are communities important for people?

 

Essential Understanding: Places have man-made and natural characteristics.

Guiding Questions

  • What natural items can be found on the playground?
  • What items on the playground are made by people?
  • How do people deal with changes in the weather?
  • How does climate affect the clothing you wear and the food you eat?

 

Essential Understanding: Places can be identified with numbers and names.

Guiding Questions

  • What is your address?
  • What is the name of our town?
  • What is the name of our school?
  • How do you tell someone where you live?

 

Essential Understanding: People and goods move from place to place in many ways.

Guiding Questions

  • How do you get to school, the store, church, grandma’s house, etc.?
  • How can people travel from place to place?
  • Does everything we need grow in our backyards (neighborhood)?
  • How do we get things (food, clothes, toys) from other places?

 

CRITICAL CONTENT

 

Different types of communities

  • Families
  • Schools and friends
  • Neighborhoods

 

Characteristics of communities

  • Man-made characteristics
  • Natural characteristics
  • Transportation (types and purposes)
  • Environmental characteristics

 

Purpose for communitiesgrowing and growing up, families

  • Learning – school and park district
  • Sharing – needs and wants
  • Caring for each other – friendship
  • Keeping people safe – police, fire, etc.

 

Cooperation and responsibility within communities

 

I am a Part of the World

CONCEPTS

People, Places, and Cooperation

POWER STANDARDS

  • Explain why groups of people need rules.
  • Explain how basic needs are met.
  • Explain how cooperation helps a community.
  • Identify community resources/characteristics as natural or man-made.
  • Describe the relative location of places using terms (e.g., near, far, towards, away from, next to).

 

ESSENTIAL UNDERSTANDINGS & GUIDING QUESTIONS

 

Essential Understanding: Communities have similarities and differences.

Guiding Questions

  • How do people in other communities meet their needs?
  • How is your community similar/different to another community?

 

Essential Understanding: Places have man-made and natural characteristics.

Guiding Questions

  • How are the characteristics of your community similar/different to another community?

 

Essential Understanding: People and goods move from place to place in many ways.

Guiding Questions

  • How do people in other communities travel from place to place?
  • How do places get the resources / goods that they need?

 

CRITICAL CONTENT

 

Compare and contrast our community to one other

  • Major land forms
  • Climate
  • Products
  • Transportation
  • Meeting needs
  • Culture – the components found in different communities (e.g. clothing, shelter, food, traditions, etc.)