• 1st Grade Social Studies Standards

    In the first grade, students continue their introduction to United States history through the study of selected historical figures. In the history strand, students study the important contributions each historical person made. In the geography strand, students learn about where these historical people lived and explore important basic geographic concepts. The civics strand provides a study of the positive character traits exhibited by these important historical figures. The economics strand continues the introduction of basic economic concepts.
    Historical Understandings
    SS1H1 The student will read about and describe the life of historical figures in American history.


    a. Identify the contributions made by these figures: Benjamin Franklin (inventor/author/ statesman),Thomas Jefferson (Declaration of Independence), Meriwether Lewis and William Clark with Sacagawea (exploration), Harriet Tubman (Underground Railroad), Theodore Roosevelt (National Parks and the environment), George Washington Carver (science).

    b. Describe how everyday life of these historical figures is similar to and different from everyday life in the present (food, clothing, homes, transportation, communication, recreation).

    SS1H2 The student will read or listen to American folktales and explain how they characterize our national heritage. The study will include John Henry, Johnny Appleseed, Davy Crockett, Paul Bunyan, and Annie Oakley.
    Geographic Understandings
    SS1G1 The student will describe the cultural and geographic systems associated with the historical figures in SS1H1a.
    SS1G2 The student will identify and locate his/her city, county, state, nation, and continent on a simple map or a globe.
    SS1G3 The student will locate major topographical features of the earth’s surface.

    a. Locate all of the continents: North America, South America, Africa, Europe, Asia, Antarctica, and Australia.

    b. Locate the major oceans: Arctic, Atlantic, Pacific, and Indian.

    c. Identify and describe landforms (mountains, deserts, valleys, plains, plateaus, and coasts).


    Government/Civic Understandings
    SS1CG1 The student will describe how the historical figures in SS1H1a display positive character traits of fairness, respect for others, respect for the environment, conservation, courage, equality, tolerance, perseverance, and commitment.
    SS1CG2 The student will explain the meaning of the patriotic words to America (My Country ‘Tis of Thee) and America the Beautiful.
    Economic Understandings
    SS1E1 The student will identify goods that people make and services that people provide for each other.
    SS1E2 The student will explain that people have to make choices about goods and services because of scarcity.
    SS1E3 The student will describe how people are both producers and consumers.
    SS1E4 The student will describe the costs and benefits of personal spending and saving choices