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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.

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what is 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
Five Strands (or pieces) to the Social Studies Puzzle
  • They are…
      • Geography
      • Culture
      • History
      • Economics
      • Government
geography
Geography

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

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Art & Recreation

Religion & Traditions

Culture

Food, Dress, & Greetings

Language

  • The beliefs, customs, laws, art, and ways of living of a group of people.
history

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
History

Events that changed the way people live today

People who changed society

  • A record of the past
government
Government

Personal freedom

Citizen participation

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.
economics
Economics

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

Entrepreneurs

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Geography
  • 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?
culture
Culture
  • 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?
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History
  • 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?
government13
Government
  • 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)
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Economics
  • 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?