Ms. Wells' ClassSocial Studies1st Grade Standards
CA.1.1. A Child's Place in Time and Space: Students describe the rights and individual responsibilities of citizenship.
CA.1.2. A Child's Place in Time and Space: Students compare and contrast the absolute and relative locations of places and people and describe the physical and/ or human characteristics of places.
CA.1.3. A Child's Place in Time and Space: Students know and understand the symbols, icons, and traditions of the United States that provide continuity and a sense of community across time.
CA.1.4. A Child's Place in Time and Space: Students compare and contrast everyday life in different times and places around the world and recognize that some aspects of people, places, and things change over time while others stay the same.
CA.1.5. A Child's Place in Time and Space: Students describe the human characteristics of familiar places and the varied backgrounds of American citizens and residents in those places.
CA.1.6. A Child's Place in Time and Space: Students understand basic economic concepts and the role of individual choice in a free-market economy.GRADE TWO
People Who Make a Difference
Students in grade two explore the lives of actual people who make a difference in their everyday lives and learn the stories of extraordinary people from history whose achievements have touched them, directly or indirectly. The study of contemporary people who supply goods and services aids in understanding the complex interdependence in our free-market system.
Students differentiate between things that happened long ago and things that happened yesterday.
- Trace the history of a family through the use of primary and secondary sources, including artifacts, photographs, interviews, and documents.
- Compare and contrast their daily lives with those of their parents, grandparents, and/or guardians.
- Place important events in their lives in the order in which they occurred (e.g., on a time line or storyboard).
Students demonstrate map skills by describing the absolute and relative locations of people, places, and environments.
- Locate on a simple letter-number grid system the specific locations and geographic features in their neighborhood or community (e.g., map of the classroom, the school).
- Label from memory a simple map of the North American continent, including the countries, oceans, Great Lakes, major rivers, and mountain ranges. Identify the essential map elements: title, legend, directional indicator, scale, and date.
- Locate on a map where their ancestors live(d), telling when the family moved to the local community and how and why they made the trip.
- Compare and contrast
Students explain governmental institutions and practices in the United States and other countries.
- Explain how the United States and other countries make laws, carry out laws, determine whether laws have been violated, and punish wrongdoers.
- Describe the ways in which groups and nations interact with one another to try to resolve problems in such areas as trade, cultural contacts, treaties, diplomacy, and military force.
Students understand basic economic concepts and their individual roles in the economy and demonstrate basic economic reasoning skills.
- Describe food production and consumption long ago and today, including the roles of farmers, processors, distributors, weather, and land and water resources.
- Understand the role and interdependence of buyers (consumers) and sellers (producers) of goods and services.
- Understand how limits on resources affect production and consumption (what to produce and what to consume).
Students understand the importance of individual action and character and explain how heroes from long ago and the recent past have made a difference in others’ lives (e.g., from biographies of Abraham Lincoln, Louis Pasteur, Sitting Bull, George Washington Carver, Marie Curie, Albert Einstein, Golda Meir, Jackie Robinson, Sally Ride).