Focus: The Core Knowledge History and Geography (CKHG) Kindergarten unit Let’s Explore Our World! begins the CKHG series with a broad overview of our planet, and many of the ways we have to explore it. Students begin with their own physical location in this world, and expand from their neighborhood to their city, and eventually to the continent on which they live. In order to understand where they are on the planet, students are taught about maps and how to use them, from two dimensional maps of their city or state, to the globe.
Throughout the unit’s nine chapters, students explore the continents, with eye-catching pictures of the landscapes, wildlife, and people of each one. They see the pandas of China, children celebrating Holi, the festival of color in India, the Yanomami of the Amazon Rainforest, and penguins in Antarctica, and among many other familiar and unfamiliar scenes from the diverse landforms, lifeforms, and lives on our planet.
Additional Search Terms: social studies • geography • map skills • nonfiction • informational text • continents • oceans • Atlantic Ocean • Pacific Ocean • North America • South America • Europe • Africa • Asia • Australia • Antarctica
CKHG Grade Levels: CKHG units are correlated to topics at the grade levels specified in the Core Knowledge Sequence, which allows students in schools following the Sequence to build knowledge grade by grade. In other settings, individual CKHG units may be used as supplemental resources. In general, the content and presentation in the CKHG units for Grades K-2 are appropriate for students in the lower elementary grades. The Let’s Explore Our World! Student Book is intended to be read aloud by the teacher as the students look at images on each page.
We have intentionally left the pacing and timing needed to teach the content presented in the Teacher Guide and Student Book very flexible. Teachers can choose how much they read aloud and discuss in a single instructional period, as well as how often each week they use the CKHG materials.