Kindergarten Culture

West Haven Public Schools

Unit Planning Organizer

Revised July 2011

Subject: Social Studies                  

Grade: Kindergarten

Unit: Culture                                

Pacing: Ongoing throughout the year

Essential Question:

1.13.1 What makes you different from others?

Big Idea:

There are many cultures in our community.

CT State Standards (includes West Haven’s “Priority” GLES’s in BOLD and “Supporting” Standards


Identify cultural characteristics of self. (e.g. food, language, religion, holidays)


2.1: Understanding that information comes from a variety of sources.

2.3: Draw a picture to depict a historical event.

2.4: Participate in classroom discussions.

2.5: Create and Share in-class artwork on a social studies topic.

3.1: Show awareness that there are different sides/points of view of one event.

3.2: Show awareness that people have feelings.




“Unwrapped” Concepts and Skills, and Bloom Levels (BL)

Concepts(Need to Know)

Skills(Able to Do)



There are different types of cultures that have unique characteristics such as Language, Traditions, Foods, Religions and Holidays.


Cultural characteristics of individual children in class can be acknowledged as appropriate.


Elements of culture are explored through different holidays.


For Christmas, the children in school experience many traditions such as Santa, Christmas Trees, Ornaments, Stockings, Candy Canes, Christmas cookies, Holiday music and stories, decorations and the Joy of Giving.


For Hanukah, Kwanza, Ramadan and such, cultures can also be acknowledged as appropriate.


For Valentine’s Day children in school exchange cards with each other. Friendship and kindness are reinforced.


For Easter children in school learn about the Easter Bunny. Some communities have egg hunts and families gather for a feast.




Identify cultural characteristics of self (e.g. food, language, religion, holidays)











Recommended to do as a whole group activity. Not an individual assessment, more as exposure. Recommended to do as a building type of activity. Introduce each culture. Each time a new culture is introduced; all previous cultures are reviewed, compared and contrasted. Directions for all cultures are the same. Mastery is the exposure to various cultures.

Common Formative Pre- Assessment (Followed by Data Team Analysis):

Whole class discussion, brainstorm different types of cultures that children are aware of and what they know about that culture. Form a list and save.

Common Formative Post- Assessment (Followed by Data Team Analysis):

Same procedure as pre-assessment, but following discussion, compare both pre and post lists to see what new information about cultures that the class has learned.

Instructional Planning

Suggested Resources/Materials:

This unit can be enriched by the following Scott Foresman Reading Stories


All I Am: Unit 1

This story identifies the cultural characteristics of self. Explore the uniqueness of children in your class and the way their families interact and celebrate together

Dinner At Panda Palace: Unit 2

Discuss the types of food the animals eat compare and contrast to what different foods people eat.

Bunny Cakes: Unit 2

Discuss how people celebrate Birthdays. A cake is a familiar birthday tradition.

In The Rain With Baby Duck: Unit 4

Discuss the duck family tradition of Pancake Sunday. Connect and relate to traditions the children celebrate in their homes.


On The Go: Unit 4

This story covers transportation around the world. Observe and connect the pictures, especially the settings and clothing, to the diverse living of various societies.

Shoes Like Miss Alice: Unit 4

Discuss different forms of daycare and many parents in our society need to work.

Five Little Ducks: Unit 5

While the baby ducks are gone the Mother duck assumes the role of a housewife. Compare and contrast how these jobs today are done by various family members.

Hush!: Unit 6

The setting throughout this story is cultural awareness itself. Compare and contrast it to our world.

FlowerGarden: Unit 6

Birthdays are part of culture. The Dad and child are preparing a Birthday surprise for Mom.


Art Activities

Information shared by families of different cultures

Chart paper





Suggested Research-based Effective Instructional Strategies:


Vocabulary/Word Wall













Interdisciplinary Connections