In this animated video, a child looks at photographs of family members and events, making connections between the images she sees and her own experiences. The video helps young viewers understand and apply the concepts of past, present, and future.
This resource is part of the KET All Around Me collection. A Spanish version of this animation is available as part of the KET Exploraciones collection.
Social studies for young children is framed by the concrete world of family, school, and neighborhood. Understanding the world around them gives them knowledge and understanding of the past necessary for coping with the present and planning for the future.
Children can often tell the difference between events that happen in the past, present, and future. Their first historical questions are questions such as: “Where did I come from?”. They want to understand their story as well as the story of their family. This is the first steps to making sense of their place in the world. Social studies can provide children with the skills for productive problem solving and decision making, as well as for assessing issues and making thoughtful value judgments.
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Arthur: The World of Tomorrow | Life in the Future In this segment of Arthur: The World of Tomorrow, Binky wakes up from his bad dream about the robots in the future. He realizes he’s back in the present time with his class. Binky gets a second chance to answer the science question about magnets. Then, a video with real second graders explores what they think the future will be like. The kids present their drawings and designs about futuristic cars and houses and robots. Some kids predict that in the future it will rain money instead of raindrops.