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Title: Geography/Social Studies In Grade School
Post by: Arona on September 28, 2016, 10:45 AM
In my day, geography came under Social Studies. I've read that's still true, so I assume grade/elementary students know the word "geography."

Please comment if they do or don't. Even if they do, would they also know it by another term?

 :thanx from :beam (I finally get to use a different emoji! It's "almost" appropriate to the story.)

 
Title: Re: Geography/Social Studies In Grade School
Post by: Vijaya on September 28, 2016, 12:37 PM
Yes. My kids began serious study in second grade and loved the passport program.
Title: Re: Geography/Social Studies In Grade School
Post by: JennaWren on September 28, 2016, 02:30 PM
My kids know both geography and social studies -- in elementary school, geography is taught in conjunction with/in the context of the social studies program.
Title: Re: Geography/Social Studies In Grade School
Post by: Arona on September 28, 2016, 03:27 PM
Okay, got it. Thanks. Geography as a term is still understood by elementary students.

But what's the "passport program." I could assume based on the terminology, but want to be sure...and is that program widely known?
Title: Re: Geography/Social Studies In Grade School
Post by: Vijaya on September 28, 2016, 05:27 PM
Arona, I don't know how many schools use the Passport program but the child gets their *passport* stamped when they finish studying a country. Like a sticker program. Extra motivation for kids?
Title: Re: Geography/Social Studies In Grade School
Post by: Arona on September 28, 2016, 06:06 PM
That's what I thought, V. Thanks for confirming.  :flowers2
Title: Re: Geography/Social Studies In Grade School
Post by: Debbie Vilardi on October 04, 2016, 09:15 PM
Geography is one of the social studies, but I don't know that kids know the term until middle school. (At least not where I live-- Long Island) They study regions of the US in fifth grade. They may study parts of the state in fourth, but I don't think the teachers separate the geography from the history. It's lumped together.
Title: Re: Geography/Social Studies In Grade School
Post by: Ree on October 05, 2016, 04:07 AM
In our schools (PA), they also have geography bees in Elementary School. So, yes, they know the term and learn their states/capitals.

Ree
Title: Re: Geography/Social Studies In Grade School
Post by: Dionna on October 05, 2016, 06:42 PM
Hi Arona! You could look up the common core standards of learning for the state where your story takes place, and check out the social studies benchmarks for your main character's grade. I think you can find these online through the state's board of education.
Title: Re: Geography/Social Studies In Grade School
Post by: Arona on October 06, 2016, 06:03 AM
Thanks, all.  :star2

There's no state in the story, Dionna, but it's still useful information for the future. Thanks.

It seems some will be familiar with the term, some not. I'm comfortable throwing in a word here or there a kid might not know, especially when its context would make it easy to figure out...it's part of how they learn. (Well, hopefully.)
Title: Re: Geography/Social Studies In Grade School
Post by: Debbie Vilardi on October 09, 2016, 05:58 PM
For future reference, here's a link to the national social studies standards I use for the teachers' guides for the social studies mags put out by Carus Publishing. http://www.socialstudies.org/system/files/c3/C3-Framework-for-Social-Studies.pdf
Title: Re: Geography/Social Studies In Grade School
Post by: Arona on October 10, 2016, 04:01 AM
Awesome. Thanks, Debbie.