NYCDOE: Passport to Social Studies - grade K, unit 3
This is the third unit of the kindergarten scope and sequence, titled: The Community. It was developed by a team of NYCDOE staff and teachers, in collaboration with scholars of the humanities and social sciences as well as museum curators. Students will immerse themselves in the topic by discussing focus questions, reading and analyzing a rich collection of diverse primary and secondary sources, examining artifacts, and interpreting images, such as paintings and photographs, maps, and political cartoons.
This guide offers a multitude of perspectives on how maps and globes are used to locate places and the language used to describe directions. Topics of representative lessons in this unit include: using maps and globes to locate places in their neighborhood; create a map of their school neighborhood; using a “spyglass” to make observations about their neighborhood; exploring maps of New York City’s neighborhoods and boroughs.
To evaluate student mastery of content knowledge, cognitive processes, and critical thinking skills, this unit includes formative assessments, and a performance-based assessment activity, which has students labeling parts of a map, creating maps of neighborhoods, completing a “Where I Live’ booklet, identifying the boroughs of New York City; identifying the borough of their school.
Please note: the complete set of NYCDOE K-8: Passport to Social Studies Core Curriculum materials include a wide-range of trade books and primary documents, in addition to this unit of study. In order to support rigorous social studies instruction and student inquiry, we recommend that teachers integrate these resources into their daily instruction and assessment plans.