Examples of thematic units in the kindergarten social studies curriculum include:
- Identity Study – Learning about ourselves and the members of our classroom community. The identity study encompasses these projects:
- Name Study – Graphing classroom data to examine the number of letters in each student's name, plus the particular letters in the names. Children also share the story behind their names.
- Developing a Questionnaire – Brainstorming a list of questions to learn more about one another, which each child answers working individually with the teacher.
- Monthly Self-Portraits – Drawing self-portraits each month to practice observation skills. After the first portrait, each feature of the face is focused on individually to emphasize attention to detail.
- Five Senses Study – Learning the function of individual facial features as a follow up to our identity study.
- Introduction to Research – Learning how to ask questions, research the answers and document the findings across disciplines, laying the foundation for group project work.
- Project Work – Each kindergarten teacher identifies a topic of common interest and uses it to reinforce and enhance language arts and mathematics in combination with other disciplines. Past examples include a food study and a symmetry/quilt study.
- Changemakers – Studying the unique process and style of individuals and artists who have had a societal impact.