Beginning Social Studies Vocabulary

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Beginning Social Studies Vocabulary

Over the fence, under the tree, around the corner, and through to me! Fun rhymes combined with real world examples and animations help students learn important vocabulary that indicates place. Includes over, under, around, corner, through, close, away from, next to, far, nearest, farthest, always, never, first, second, skip, third, last, above, below, right, left, side, center, beginning, end, inside, and outside.

Learn the words we use to describe the world around us.

  1. Students will know the words that describe an object’s position.
    1. Lesson 1: Over, Under, Around, and Through
    2. Lesson 2: Close, Away From, Next To, and Far
    3. Lesson 3: Nearest, Farthest, Top, and Row
    4. Lesson 4: First, Second, Skip Third, and Last
    5. Lesson 5: Above, Below, Right, Center, and Left
    6. Lesson 6: Beginning, Ending, Inside, and Outside
  2. Students will be able to identify the preceding words in relation to the position of people and things.

  1. Before viewing the video

    1. Anticipatory Set: Ask the students to do the following with one hand: put your hand under your nose, put your hand above your nose, put your hand far away from your nose, put your hand close to your nose. Then say, “We are going to watch a video that shows us how to use many words like the ones you just heard. Watch closely and we will play some games using these words and others like them.”
  2. After viewing the video

    1. Make a set of word cards using the words illustrated in the video. They are, in the order of presentation: over, under, around, through, close, away, next to, far, nearest, farthest, top, row, first, second, third, last, above, below, right, left, center, beginning, ending, inside, and outside. Use the cards in the following games. With younger students, show the word and read it at the same time. Older children can just read the word without help.
    2. Divide the students into groups of four (as shown in the video). Hold up the words and see how each group chooses to dramatize them.
    3. Have the students use their hands to dramatize the words. Mix the words up and show them in a different order than on the video. A focus point may need to be designated, such as the students’ heads or arms.
    4. Give each student a paper with a star or picture in the middle of it. See how many words they can illustrate by using a crayon to mark the relationship of place. For example, say, “Put a mark around the star. Put a mark through the star. Put a mark on the left of the star.” Continue until all of the words are covered. See what kind of picture results. <
    5. Have two students stand in front of the class. Select two more students to move them (as if they are puppets) to the correct spot to illustrate the words. If one student gets stumped, select another to take his/her place. The class will have fun with this activity.
    6. View the video once more. Ask if the students now have an even better idea of what these words mean since they have done activities related to place.