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Kindergarten Social Studies Curriculum: Navigating School Unit Launch

Updated: Oct 21, 2020


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This blog post is one in a series that breaks down one unit from each grade level of Inquiry Journeys, inquirED's core elementary social studies curriculum. For a trial account containing all lessons for the unit, click below.


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Kindergarten Social Studies Curriculum Unit Launch

Navigating School


These two social studies lessons are designed to hook students into the Navigating School Kindergarten social studies curriculum unit, introduce the Inquiry Question, and prompt students to generate their initial Investigation Questions. Objectives include:

  • Identify some of the spaces, places, and norms at school

  • Consider another perspective

  • Recognize key vocabulary for the unit, with support


Lesson 1: Hook Activity: School’s First Day

Students read the book School’s First Day of School by Adam Rex and Christian Robinson in order to imagine first-day jitters from the school’s point of view. Considering another perspective supports students in developing empathy and prompts an investigation of the places, people, and norms of school. Check out the resources below to help you launch your unit!


Lesson 2: Generating Investigation Questions

Students are introduced to a modified version of the Question Formulation Technique (QFT) to generate Investigation Questions that will guide their exploration of how people can work together to make school a great place for everyone.