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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

We Need Each Other

Coming to a New Land

CONCEPTS

Systems and Interdependence

Power Standards

  • Explain the importance of social, political and economic systems in the development of a successful community.
  • Describe how a person or group works to improve life in a community.
  • Locate and compare the local community, state, and nation using maps and globes.
  • Identify and compare physical characteristics of Earth using maps, globes, and pictures.

 

Essential Understandings & Guiding Questions

 

Essential Understanding: Governments are created to meet the needs of its citizens.

Guiding Questions

  • What is a government?
  • What is a citizen?
  • What needs do citizens have?
  • How do governments meet those needs?

 

Essential Understanding: People interact with each other and the environment.

Guiding Questions

  • How do people depend on each other?
  • What is a point a view?
  • What is a conflict?
  • What causes conflict?
  • What are some ways to resolve conflict?
  • What is an environment?
  • How do people depend on the environment?
  • How do people effect the environment?
  • How do physical features impact how communities develop?

 

Essential Understanding: Communities change.

Guiding Questions

  • How do communities change?
  • Why do communities change?
  • How do physical features impact how communities develop?

 

CRITICAL CONTENT

Characteristics of community

 

Reasons for coming to the new land

  • Freedom
  • Individual rights
  • Beginnings of U.S. government and traditions
  • Citizenship

 

Need for rules / government

  • Idea behind and the need for Mayflower Compact
  • Successful communities (home, school, neighborhood)

 

Geography

  • Route of the pilgrims
  • Map of the original 13 colonies
  • Oceans and continents
  • How people change the land
  • How the land impacts people

 

This Land is Your Land

CONCEPTS

Systems and Interdependence

POWER STANDARDS

  • Explain the importance of social, political and economic systems in the development of a successful community.
  • Explain how people make choices (social, political, and economic) to improve their lives.
  • Describe how a person or group works to improve life in a community.
  • Locate and compare the local community, state, and nation using maps and globes.
  • Identify and compare physical characteristics of Earth using maps, globes, and pictures.

 

ESSENTIAL UNDERSTANDINGS & GUIDING QUESTIONS

Essential Understanding: People in communities exchange goods and ideas.

Guiding Questions

  • How are goods and services exchanged?
  • Besides goods and services what else do people in communities share with each other?
  • What life skills do people need to exchange goods, services, and ideas?
  • Why do people share their traditions?
  • How does folklore represent the culture of the time?

 

Essential Understanding: People interact with each other and the environment.

Guiding Questions

  • How do people depend on each other?
  • How do people depend on the environment?
  • How do people effect the environment?

 

Essential Understanding: Communities change.

Guiding Questions

  • How does a community change to keep up with growth?
  • Who makes up a community at different times in history?

 

CRITICAL CONTENT

Settling in new places

  • Meeting basic needs
  • Trade and cooperation
  • Rights and freedoms of groups impacted by growth
  • Natural resources found in the United States

 

Comparison of the past, present, and future of the United States

  • Ways people depend on physical environment
  • Transportation
  • Technology
  • Conservation
  • Physical Features

 

Folklore of historical era

 

Our Community Pride

CONCEPTS

Systems and Interdependence

POWER STANDARDS

  • Explain the importance of social, political and economic systems in the development of a successful community.
  • Explain how people make choices (social, political and economic) to improve their lives.
  • Describe how a person or group works to improve life in a community.
  • Locate and compare the local community, state, and nation using maps and globes.
  • Identify and compare physical characteristics of Earth using maps, globes, and pictures.

 

ESSENTIAL UNDERSTANDINGS & GUIDING QUESTIONS

Essential Understanding: Governments are created to meet the needs of its citizens.

Guiding Questions

  • What needs do citizens have?
  • How do governments meet needs?
  • Where is our state government located?
  • Where is our national government located?
  • How do we celebrate the freedom we have in our nation?

 

Essential Understanding: People in communities exchange goods and ideas.

Guiding Questions

  • How are goods and services exchanged?
  • Besides goods and services what else do people in communities share with each other?
  • What life skills do people need to exchange goods, services, and ideas?
  • What jobs and careers are involved with exchanging goods and ideas in communities?

 

Essential Understanding: Communities change.

Guiding Questions

  • How do communities change?
  • Why do communities change?
  • How was our community different in the past?
  • How would you describe our community now?
  • How has transportation/communication/shopping/etc. changed?

 

CRITICAL CONTENT

Changes over time – Our community then and now (Arlington Heights, Buffalo Grove, Mount Prospect, Prospect Heights, Northbrook, Wheeling)

  • Transportation
  • Environment
  • Geographical features
  • Communication
  • Governmental structures
  • Responsibility
  • Citizenship

 

Jobs and careers in the present day

  • Money in exchange for goods and services
  • Producers and consumers

 

Consequences of human/environmental interaction

 

Compare and Contrast and Connect to

  • Changes in communities past, present, future
  • Challenges of settling communities
  • Growth of communities