Social Studies VocabularyVocabulary WordDefinitionUnit 1lawA rule that everyone must follow.voteto make a choice about somethingcommunityA place made up of many neighborhoods.historyTells the story of people and places from the past.urbanA type of area that is made up of a city and the places around it.suburbA type of community that is located near a city.ruralAn area with small communities called towns and wide open spaces for farming.capitalA city where the leaders of a state work.
Vocabulary WordDefinitionUnit 2geographyThe study of Earth and the ways people use it.landformDifferent shapes on the surface of the earth.ancestorA person in your family who lived before you were born.producerA person who makes or grows something.consumerA person who buys and uses goods.natural resourceA useful material that comes from the Earth.cropA kind of plant grown by people for food and other uses.conservationIs the care and protection of land, water, plants, and animals.Vocabulary WordDefinitionUnit 3incomeMoney that someone earns.goodsThings that people make or grow.servicesJobs that people do to help others.taxMoney that is collected by a government.factoryA building where people produce or proces goods.tradeTo buy, sell, or exchange goods.transportationA way of moving goods or people from place to place.barterTo trade goods or services for other goods or services without using money.Vocabulary WordDefinitionUnit 4governmentA group of people who work together to run a city, state, or country.mayorThe leader of a town or city.citizenA member of a community, state, and country.governorThe leader of a state's government.congressThe part of government that writes and votes on laws for all of our states.presidentThe leader of our country.freedomEvery citizen's right to make choices.mottoA word or saying that people try to live by.
monument A building or statue that honors a person or event.
Vocabulary WordDefinitionUnit 5shelterA place where people live.traditionSomething that is done a certain way for many years.explorerA person who travels to a new place to learn about it.colonyA place that is settled by people from another country.colonistA person who lives in a colony.independenceTo be free from other people or places.pioneerA person who goes first and prepares the way for others.Vocabulary WordDefinitionUnit 6immigrantA person who settles in a new country.holidayA special day.customA special way that a group does something.landmarkA building or place that is important or interesting.artifactAn object made and used by people.inventionSomething new that someone makes or thinks of.communicationSharing ideas and information with others.
Last Modified on May 12, 2014