Five Strands of Social Studies
What is Social Studies?
- The study of how people over time have interacted with each other and their environment.
- In social studies, we have “five strands” of social studies. A strand is an area of study.
Five Strands (or pieces) to the Social Studies Puzzle
- They are…
Physical features: Continents, oceans, and landforms
Longitude & Latitude
- The study of people, places and the environment
Political features: countries & cities
Climate: weather over a period of time
Art & Recreation
Religion & Traditions
Food, Dress, & Greetings
- The beliefs, customs, laws, art, and ways of living of a group of people.
We learn history from 2 sources:
- Primary source: document, person, or object from the actual time
- Secondary source: document, person, or object that interprets or analyzes primary sources
Events that changed the way people live today
People who changed society
Type of government
Structure of the government
- The people and groups within a society that have the authority to make laws, to make sure they carried out, and to settle disagreements about them.
Economic systems: traditional, market, command, and mixed
Natural, Capital, and Human resources
- The study of how people manage their scarce (limited) resources by producing, exchanging, and using goods and services.
Trade barriers, money, exchange rates
- Five Strands of Social Studies Matrix
- How does where you live affect how you live?
- How does the physical geography and climate affect how people live, work, and travel?
- What are the physical and political features of a region?
- How have humans changed the environment?
- How does cultural diffusion change the region in which you live?
- What is the belief system of the people and how does it affect the region?
- How does language affect the region?
- How does local culture affect the traditions of the region?
- How does the past shape the present?
- How have people and events changed society?
- How have influences of other, more powerful countries, affected countries today?
- What factors caused European countries to colonize the world?
- How does citizen satisfaction impact the government?
- How much can a citizen participate in their government?
- Who has the power to make laws and policies for a nation?
- How many levels does the government have? (national, regional, and local)
- What factors influence a country’s standard of living?
- Who decides what, how, and for whom things are made? (gov’t, people, traditions)
- What is the role of entrepreneurs in the economy?
- How does free and restricted trade affect countries?