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Kindergarten: Getting to Know Our School

Content Standard:  Develop an understanding of interdependence and global connections.

Performance Standard:  Develop personal, global, and historical understanding of community and cultural diversity to achieve responsible citizenship.

Performance Objective:  Begin to acquire experience exploring various careers and the concept of employment (school personnel, community helpers).

Quality tools:  Brainstorming, Fishbone Diagram (pictorial), Survey 

Engage: Teacher will model by singing "Places in Our School" to the tune of "Wheels on the Bus," emphasizing four pre-selected areas, i.e. office, media center, nurse’s clinic, cafeteria. Teacher invites student to continue song by sharing additional locations/people in the school. Example, "In our school we have a gym." (variation of brainstorming)     

Elaborate: The teacher tells students, "Today we will visit four places in our school." Using a map of the school, the teacher will show students the four places the class will visit. An optional support might include providing students with copies of the map so they can "finger-walk" on the map as the teacher explains. 

The teacher will ask students to give examples of things they will find and/or people they might see in the four places. "What or whom will we find in these places? Also ask students, "What questions might we ask as we visit each of these places?" Choose a couple of questions and assign them to student partners. Assign jobs to all students (camera holder-to take a picture of the four places/persons you visit, line leader, caboose, navigators-with maps, questioners, etc.). As you leave the room, ask students, "What one thing does each person who works for the school wear?" The answer is an ID tag.     

Explore: Using a school map, students will tour the four areas, gathering data by using the survey questions, observing and taking pictures.   

Connect: After the pictures are printed and the fishbone diagram is ready, put a picture of each place/person on a large bone of the fish, and put the question, "Who are the people in our school and what do they do?" on the head of the fish. Ask students to choose one of the four places/bones. Then ask them to report their findings by drawing or cutting pictures out of magazines that answer the questions.  Students will put their pictures on the small bones for the place/person/large bone they selected.

Generalization: Ask students, "How do the people we met help us at school?" Ask, "Are there other people at school who can help us if we need help?" Tell students they can tell who those helpful people are if they know the answer to the mystery question you asked right before the tour. "Now, who knows what every person who works for the school wears?" Reemphasize that ID tags are a way for students to identify people who can help them at school. Conclude by singing "Places in Our School," adding names and places discovered on the tour.

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