First Grade Social Studies

The World Around Me

The first grade social studies curriculum expands students’ horizons outward to the world community at large through geography, history, and nature.

VocabularySpellingCity provides fun online social studies activities so your first graders can learn their social studies vocabulary words. Whether you are teaching a first grade social studies lesson about governments or about how an economy works, you will find vocabulary for all topics in these 1st grade word lists. Read MoreRead Less

Vocabulary comprehension can be the difference between pass and fail on a test, as it is key to conceptual comprehension and therefore to understanding the events depicted by that vocabulary. When 1st grade students know the specific meanings of words, they can more easily relate them to a particular context and in turn better grasp the broader lesson at hand. If students don’t understand the words used in a lesson, they are not likely to understand the lesson as a whole. When students know the meanings of their words, their confidence and interest levels increase, leading to academic success. Vocabulary building through fun interactive games keeps students engaged and motivated to keep learning. Pair interactive learning games and activities with a social studies word list from below, or with other first grade spelling word lists, to help students understand the vital connections around them.

The following games are recommended for 1st Grade Social Studies Vocabulary Lists.

Which Initial Sound? allows students to practice recognizing the initial sound in a word.

Play Which Initial Sound? with a 1st Grade social studies list.

Word Unscramble provides practice unscrambling letters to form words.

Play Word Unscramble with a 1st Grade social studies list.

Alphabetize gives students practice putting words into alphabetical order.

Play Alphabetize with a 1st Grade social studies list.