• Social Studies Vocabulary
     

    Vocabulary Word
    Definition
    Unit 1
     
    law                              
    A rule that everyone must follow.
    vote
    to make a choice about something
    community
    A place made up of many neighborhoods.
    history
    Tells the story of people and places from the past. 
    urban
    A type of area that is made up of a city and the places around it. 
    suburb
    A type of community that is located near a city.
    rural
    An area with small communities called towns and wide open spaces for farming.
    capital
    A city where the leaders of a state work.
     


     
    Vocabulary Word
    Definition
    Unit 2
     
    geography
    The study of Earth and the ways people use it.
    landform
    Different shapes on the surface of the earth.
    ancestor
    A person in your family who lived before you were born.
    producer
    A person who makes or grows something. 
    consumer
    A person who buys and uses goods.
    natural resource
    A useful material that comes from the Earth.
    crop
    A kind of plant grown by people for food and other uses.
    conservation
    Is the care and protection of land, water, plants, and animals. 
     
     

     
     
    Vocabulary Word
    Definition
    Unit 3
    income
    Money that someone earns. 
    goods
    Things that people make or grow.
    services
    Jobs that people do to help others.
    tax
    Money that is collected by a government.
    factory
    A building where people produce or proces goods.
    trade
    To buy, sell, or exchange goods. 
    transportation
    A way of moving goods or people from place to place.
    barter
    To trade goods or services for other goods or services without using money.
     

     
     
    Vocabulary Word
    Definition
    Unit 4
    government
    A group of people who work together to run a city, state, or country.
    mayor
    The leader of a town or city.
     citizen
    A member of a community, state, and country.
    governor
    The leader of a state's government.
     congress
    The part of government that writes and votes on laws for all of our states.
     president
    The leader of our country.
     freedom
    Every citizen's right to make choices.
     motto
    A word or saying that people try to live by.
    monumentA building or statue that honors a person or event.
     

     

     
     
     
    Vocabulary Word
    Definition
    Unit 5
    shelter
    A place where people live.
    tradition
    Something that is done a certain way for many years.
    explorer
    A person who travels to a new place to learn about it.
    colony
    A place that is settled by people from another country.
    colonist
    A person who lives in a colony. 
    independence
    To be free from other people or places.
    pioneer
    A person who goes first and prepares the way for others.
     
     

     
    Vocabulary Word
    Definition
    Unit 6
    immigrant
    A person who settles in a new country.
    holiday
    A special day.
    custom
    A special way that a group does something.
    landmark
    A building or place that is important or interesting.
    artifact 
    An object made and used by people.
    invention
    Something new that someone makes or thinks of.
    communication
    Sharing ideas and information with others. 
Last Modified on May 12, 2014