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Social Studies Curriculum First Grade

Textbook: All Together Social Studies, Scott Foresman The first grade social studies curriculum focuses on integrating the students' everyday lives with lessons about the world around them. The students focus on family, neighborhood, and school. There will be strong emphasis on the core content of history, geography, civics & government, and economics. Within the core content students: Use historical thinking to understand the past. Use geographic representations to acquire, process, and report information from a spatial perspective. Understand how regions are created from common physical and human characteristics. Understand how human activities help shape the Earth's surface. Understand the effects of human-environment interactions. Explain why people create governments. Understand values and principles of American constitutional democracy. Explain important rights and how, when, and where American citizens demonstrate their responsibilities by participating in government. Use fundamental principles and concepts of economics to understand economic activity in a market economy.

History Students will... Demonstrate chronological thinking by distinguishing among past, present, and future using family or school events. Use a calendar to distinguish among days, weeks, and months. Retell in sequence important ideas and details from stories about families or schools. Compare life today with life in the past using the criteria of family, school, jobs, or communication. Identify the events or people celebrate during United States national holidays and why we celebrate them. Geography Students will... Construct simple maps of the classroom to demonstrate aerial perspective. Give examples of places that have absolute locations. Use personal direction to describe the relative location of significant places in the school environment. Distinguish between landmasses and bodies of water using maps and globes. Distinguish between physical and human characteristics of places. Describe the unifying characteristics and/or boundaries of different school regions. Use components of culture to describe diversity in family life. Describe ways in which people modify and adapt to the environment. Civics and Government Students will... Identify some reasons for rules in school. Give examples of the use of power with authority in school. Give examples of the use of power without authority in school. Explain how decisions can be made or how conflicts might be resolved in fair and just ways. Identify important symbols of the United States of America. Describe some responsibilities people have at home and at school. Identify situations in which people act as good citizens in the school community. Economics Students will... Describe ways in which people earn money.


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