Higher Education

Social Studies Activities A to Z, 1st Edition

  • Joanne Matricardi Joanne Matricardi has a B.A. in Psych. and social work, an M.Ed. in ECE and an Ed.S.
  • Jeanne McLarty
  • ISBN-10: 1418048488  |  ISBN-13: 9781418048488
  • 176 Pages
  • © 2008 | Published
  • College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $34.50



Social Studies Activities A to Z gives teachers and parents a detailed lesson plan format of open-ended, age- appropriate activities for young children ages one and up. The activities are easy-to- understand and follow for children and adults alike. Each section helps teachers and parents find social studies activities to support a theme-based curriculum, to incorporate a letter of the week, or to provide a spur-of-the-moment filler idea. Many activity choices are given for each targeted alphabet letter. This child-centered text focuses on creative activities, giving children an appreciation for learning and creating.

Features and Benefits

  • Helpful hints give tried-and-true suggestions to make the art experience easier and more enjoyable
  • Supply list and family letter show that most items are inexpensive and easy to acquire, and that parent participation is encouraged
  • Theme-specific index makes it easy-to-find activities to accompany units
  • Lesson plan format provides detailed plans in an easy-to-read, organized format
  • The variety of choices within each alphabet letter helps a teacher complete a year�s worth of art activities
  • The alphabetical organization of the activities encourages teachers and parents to reinforce targeted letters
  • Age appropriateness of the activities helps educators in planning based on the children�s ages

Table of Contents

Helpful Hints
Parent Letter
Section A
Airplane Pilot (Dramatic Play)
Arbor Day (Outdoors)
Australia’s Animal Match (Language Arts)
Section B
Belgium’s Diamonds (Math)
Baker (Dramatic Play)
Bank (Math)
Bus Driver (Dramatic Play)
Section C
Chef (Dramatic Play)
Chinese Panda Bear (Art or Blocks)
Christmas Items Match (Math)
Section D
Denmark’s Flag (Art)
Dentist (Dramatic Play)
Diversity (Math)
Section E
Easter Story Dictation (Language Arts or Group Time)
Eiffel Tower (Manipulatives)
Emotions (Group Time)
Egypt’s Pyramids (Blocks)
Section F
Families (Group Time)
Farmers (Dramatic Play)
Father’s Day Gift (Manipulatives)
Firefighter (Dramatic Play)
Flag Day (Woodworking)
Section G
Gardner (Science)
Grandparents (Group Time)
Greek Pizza (Cooking)
Section H
Hanukah’s Menorah (Manipulatives)
Hawaiian Lai (Art)
Houses (Blocks)
Section I
Iceland and Fishing (Dramatic Play)
Independence Day (Art)
Island (Sensory Table)
Section J
Janitor (Dramatic Play)
Japan’s Origami (Math)
Journalist (Writing)
Jungle (Dramatic Play)
Section K
Kindness (Group Time)
King, Martin Luther (Art)
Kenya’s Wildlife (Language Arts)
Kwanzaa (Manipulatives)
Section L
Liberty Bell (Manipulatives)
Librarian (Dramatic Play)
Lithuania’s Flag (Art)
Section M
Magician (Dramatic Play)
Me (Group Time)
Mexican Piñata (Art)
Mother’s Day Gift (Manipulatives)
Section N
Native Americans’ Village (Blocks)
Netherlands’ Wooden Shoes (Manipulatives)
New Year’s Day (Art)
Nurse (Dramatic Play)
Section O
Observatory (Dramatic Play)
Ocean (Science)
Olympics (Outdoors)
Section P
Police (Dramatic Play)
Post Office (Dramatic Play)
Presidents’ Match (Math)
Section Q
Qatar’s Camels (Language Arts)
Queens and Kings (Group Time)
Section R
Ranger (Dramatic Play)
Redwood Trees (Group Time)
Russian Soup (Cooking)
Section S
Sharing (Group Time)
Spain’s Gazpacho (Cooking)
St. Lucia (Manipulatives)
St. Patrick’s Day (Sensory Table)
Section T
Tailor (Manipulatives)
Teacher (Dramatic Play)
Telling the Truth (Group Time)
Section U
Uganda’s Products (Group Time)
Uniforms (Language Arts)
United States and Families (Group Time, Math, Parent Involvement)
Section V
Valentine’s Day Card Delivery (Dramatic Play)
Venezuela’s Black Beans and Rice (Cooking)
Veterinarian (Dramatic Play)
Voting (Dramatic Play)
Section W
Waiter and Waitress (Dramatic Play)
Wales’ Sheep (Manipulatives)
Weather Comparison (Math)
Section X
X-Ray Technician (Dramatic Play)
Section Y
Yemen Fruit Salad (Cooking)
Yo-yo Invention (Group Time)
Section Z
Zambian Nshima (Cooking)
Zoo Keeper (Dramatic Play)
Curriculum Index *

Meet the Author

Author Bio

Joanne Matricardi

Joanne Matricardi is an early childhood instructor and preschool director with a B.A. in psychology and social work, an M.Ed. in early childhood education and an Ed.S. in curriculum and instruction. She has 25 years¿ experience teaching young children. She has been recognized as 2000 Teacher of the Year at Maxwell High School and as part of Teachers as Leaders in 1999 in the Gwinnett County Public School System.

Jeanne McLarty

Jeanne McLarty is a preschool teacher with 16 years of teaching experience and five years¿ experience as a preschool director. She is a member of numerous associations dedicated to childhood education, including the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).