Enduring Understandings For Social Studies
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Enduring Understandings For Social Studies

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SSCED Tool Kit, Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment21Using the Social Studies TEKS to DevelopEnduring Understanding:Places have both physical and human characteristics.Social Studies TEKS:(5) Geography.The student understands the
physical and human characteristics of the
environment.

The student is expected to:

(A) identify the physical characteristics of
places such as landforms, bodies of water,
natural resources, and weather; and

(B) identify the human characteristics of places
such as types of houses and ways of earning a
living.Enduring Understanding:Rules provide order, security, and safety both at home and at school.Social Studies TEKS:(8) Government.The student understands the
purpose of rules.

The student is expected to:

(A) identify purposes for having rules; and

(B) identify rules that provide order, security,
and safety in the home and school.SSCED Tool Kit, Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment22Grade 1Enduring Understanding:People make choices because they cannot have all the goods and services they want.Social Studies TEKS:(8) Economics.The student understands the
condition of not being able to have all the goods
and services one wants.
The student is expected to:
(A) identify examples of people wanting more
than they can have;
(B) explain why wanting more than they can have
requires that people make choices; and
(C) identify examples of choices families make
when buying goods and services.Enduring Understanding:Technology has changed the ways in which people live and work.Social Studies TEKS:(16) Science, technology, and society.The
student understands how technology has
affected daily life, past and present.
The student is expected to:
(A) describe how household tools and appliances
have changed the ways families live;
(B) describe how technology has changed
communication, transportation, and recreation;
and
(C) describe how technology has changed the
way people work.SSCED Tool Kit, Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment23Grade 2Enduring Understanding:A variety of sources can provide information about the past.Social Studies TEKS:(3) History.

The student understands how
various sources provide information about the
past.
The student is expected to:
(A) name several sources of information about a
given period or event; and
(B) compare various interpretations of the same
time period using evidence such as photographs
and interviews.Enduring Understanding:Human beings depend on and modify the physical environment.Social Studies TEKS:(8) Geography.

The student understands how
humans use and modify the physical
environment.
The student is expected to:
(A) identify ways in which people depend on the
physical environment including natural resources
to meet basic needs; and
(B) identify ways in which people have modified
the physical environment such as building roads,
clearing land for urban development, and mining
coal.SSCED Tool Kit, Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment24Grade 3Enduring Understanding:Although people around the world have formed communities for similar reasons, communities indifferent places meet their needs in different ways.Social Studies TEKS:(2) History.The student understands common
characteristics of communities, past and
present.
The student is expected to:
(A) identify reasons people have formed
communities, including a need for security, law,
and material well-being; and
(B) compare ways in which people in the local

community and communities around the world meet

their needs for government, education,

communication, transportation, and recreation, over

time and in the present.Enduring Understanding:Governments are organized to provide for services

(highways, parks, garbage-pickup) whichpeople find difficult to provide for themselves.Social Studies TEKS:(9) Government.The student understands the
basic structure and functions of local
government.
The student is expected to:
(A) describe the basic structure of government in the
local community; and
(B) identify services commonly provided by local

governments.SSCED Tool Kit, Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment25Grade 4Enduring Understanding:Major events have both causes and effects.Social Studies TEKS:3) History.The student understands the causes

and effects of the Texas Revolution, the

Republic of Texas, and the annexation of Texas

to the United States.
The student is expected to:
(A) analyze the causes, major events, and effects
of the Texas Revolution, including the battles of
the Alamo and San Jacinto.Enduring Understanding:People adapt to and modify their environment.Social Studies TEKS:(9) Geography.The student understands how
people adapt to and modify their environment.
The student is expected to:
(A) describe ways people have adapted to and
modified their environment in Texas, past and
present; and
(B) identify reasons why people have adapted to
and modified their environment in Texas, past and
present, such as the use of natural resources to
meet basic needs.SSCED Tool Kit, Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment26Grade 5Enduring Understanding:The United States is composed of a variety of regions.Social Studies TEKS:(7) Geography.The student understands the
concept of regions.
The student is expected to:
(A) describe a variety of regions in the United
States such as political, population, and economic
regions that result from patterns of human activity;
(B) describe a variety of regions in the United

States such as landform, climate, and vegetation

regions that result from physical characteristics;

and
(C) locate the fifty states on a map and identify

regions such as New Englan
Ss k 12 eus & eqs
ALLINGFORD Social Studies K-12 Enduring Understandings and Essential Questions October 2007 Essential Questions Students will understand that: Economics

Local, national, and international relationships are affected by economic transactions.

How does trade affect local, national, & international relationships?

What impact does trade have on a society? Geography There is a relationship between the consumption and conservation of natural resources.What effect do people have on their environment?

ALLINGFORD Social Studies K-12 Enduring Understandings and Essential Questions October 2007 Enduring Understandings Essential Questions Students will understand that: Culture & Sociology

Culture is a way of life of a group of people who share similar beliefs and customs.

What is culture?

What can we learn about a culture through its

Global societies are diverse, creating varied perspectives, contributions, and challenges.

What are the benefits and challenges of diversesociety?

Why should we study other cultures and what does it teach us?

People are affected by environmental, economic, social, cultural, and civic concerns How do the beliefs and values of a diverse culture affect individuals and society?

Culture is both a unifying and divisive force in human relations.

What happens when cultures collide?

Why do people live together and form History

The study of the continuum of human civilization reveals the ideals, beliefs, values, and institutions of its people
enduring understandings for social studies
.What does it mean to be civilized? Are modern civilizations more civilized than ancient ones? What are the significant symbols and icons of civilizations/cultures? The study of political, social and economic patterns reveals continuity and change over time.

What causes change over time?

Knowledge of the past helps one understand the present and make decisions about the future.How does the evaluation of past events help How can we know if we werent there?How am I connected to those in the past?Peoplerespond to and resolve conflicts in a variety of ways.Can an individual make a difference in history?Why do people fight?Is conflict inevitable? desirable? avoidable?What is worth fighting for?What is revolution?History involves interpretation; historians can and do disagree.How has the interpretation of history changed? What should we do when primary sources disagree? Whom do we believe & why? Technology & ProgressScientific and technological developments affect peoples lives, the environment and transform Is new technology always better than that which it will replace? How do new technologies result in broader social change?

Progress is defined by cultural interpretation.

How does who you are help determine your perception of progress? How do the various levels of technological development affect different cultures?ALLINGFORD Social Studies K-12 Enduring Understandings and Essential Questions October 2007 Enduring Understandings Essential Questions Students will understand that: Acquiring Information

Analytical questioning creates a purpose for research.

Why do I research?

Information can be acquired from various sources.

What do I do when my immediate resources are not adequate?

What are the benefits of using multiple

How do I know which resources fit my needs?

The research process requires the use of a variety of resources to ensure validity.

How do I know my information is reliable (accurate, unbiased, current, and appropriate)?

Interpreting and analyzing research results will answer a variety of questions.

How does explaining my process help me to strengthen my research skills?

How do I know when I have enough information to answer my question thoroughly? Organizing Information

Organization is critical to the acquisition, application, and evaluation of information.

What organizational strategy best suits this research? How does organizing the results of my research help me to use it?

The data being presented determines the organizational format.

How does the organization of information impact the effectiveness of its communication? Analyzing, Interpreting & Applying Information Effective communication relies on the purposeful use of information in a format appropriate to the task and the audience.

How do I determine the appropriate presentation format for my task and audience?

Critical examination and evaluation of data is essential to making informed decisions.

How does new information influence how I think and act?

Various types of materials enhance understanding.

How does one analyze, evaluate & utilize various types of materials? Developing Social & Po Examining social and civic issues helps to expand ones understanding of the world, its people, and themselves.

What are the consequences if I do not community?

How do my actions impact others in my community?

How can I impact social change?

ALLINGFORD Social Studies K-12 Enduring Understandings and Essential Questions October 2007 Enduring Understandings Essential Questions Students will understand that: Developing Personal & Group Interaction

Collaboration is necessary in order to be an effective learner and citizen.

Why do individuals choose to work

What role does conflict play in collaboration?

How do my personal decisions and actions affect others?

Recognizing a diversity of viewpoints

How does the consideration of different viewpoints influence how one thinks and

Text and organizational tools communicate different kinds of information.

Authors write for different purposes.

What is the purpose of using both primary and secondary sources?

How does reading fiction help to acquire factual information?

Readers use s
Social studies k 5
What characteristics do people have in common? What are my responsibilities at home and in school?2Change takes place in manyways and in the midst of changethere is a necessary thread ofcontinuity.Students understand thatmaps and globesrepresent a real place.Students understand thattheir bodies change overtime.How and why do we use maps and globes? What is a choice? What is respect? What are some human and natural characteristics of theplayground?Social Studies: Grade Kconnections in the world aroundthem.Students understand thatmaps and globes representplaces in the real world.

Students understand thatpeople use many modesof transportation (ex.school bus, car, airplane,wheelchair, etc.).What is a globe? Map? What does it represent?

How and why do we use maps and globes? Where is a landform on the map? Goods and services Rights and responsibilities Family rules Education Students understand thatfamily members workcooperatively.Students understand that thelocation of a family jobdictates the area where theylive and go to school.Why do we need money? Why is education important? What are needs and wants of your family? andvalues Students understand thatcultural and family valuesdictate celebrations andtraditions.What is a tradition? What kinds of traditions do families have?

How are families of people and their culturehave affected an interdependent Elections Opinions CDV:Unit Synopsis:Concepts:NumberEnduring UnderstandingFocus Questionscivicideas.

Students understand thatpeople, places, culture, What are the similarities and differences of Michiganspast and present day life using narrative and graphic data?
4Personal perspectives come fromculture, which is a result of What are the causes of migration and immigration?4Conflict and change are the resultof movement and interdependence.Students understand thatcultural influences definecommunities.What are the relationships among cultural, conflict, andgeography? How has Michigan incorporated other cultures into thestate?5Understanding changing worldsystems through the study ofgeography skills allows us torecognize others perspectives.Students understand that amap represents location andphysical characteristics.world around them.

Students understand thatbeliefs, conflict, land useand economics influence How have we incorporated other cultures into the U.S.? What effect has the US culture had on other parts of theworld? Why do some people believe it is important to preservetheir cultural identity?3Understanding changing worldsystems through the study ofgeography skills allows us torecognize others

State, local and federal governmentUnit Synopsis:

People live in a social context.

Students are citizens of their community, their state, their country and the world.Viable societies rely on responsible citizens.

A deep understanding of the Core Democratic Values allows students to work throughcivic institutions for effective change.

An awareness of other governmental systems reaffirms students own perspective to bothappreciate and analyze our own government.Concepts:

civic ideas, perspective, cooperation, conflict, power, systems,NumberEnduring UnderstandingFocus QuestionsGLCEs1The Core Democratic Values arecivic ideas that represent theAmerican perspective andpromote cooperationgovernment arepurposeful.Students understand thatmany factors affectpolitical power (ex.

race,status, gender, or age)..
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