Elementary Social Studies - Grade 1


In Social Studies, first graders establish an awareness of a variety of cultures and the basic likenesses and needs all people have.  The curriculum is designed to allow students to develop an investigative attitude about themselves, their society, and their world.  It provides students with opportunities to interpret, analyze, and apply significant and relevant facts about themselves, other people and their environment.

UNITS AND INDICATORS

I.  Rules and Responsiblities

  • Explain the importance of rules.
  • Identify and discuss the meaning of common symbols and practices associated with the United States of America.
  • Identify and describe people important to the American political system.
  • Describe the rights and responsiblilites of being a participating member of a family, school, and neighborhood.
  • Explain how groups of people interact.

II.  Me and My Neighborhood

  • Use geographic tools to locate and describe places on Earth.
  • Describe places in the environment using geographic characteristics.
  • Explain how transportation and communication link people and places by the movement of goods, messages, and people.
  • Explain how people modify, protect, and adapt to their environment.
  • Describe economic choices people make about goods and services.
  • Describe the production process. 
  • Explain how technology affects the way people live, work, and play.
  • Describe types of markets in the community.
  • Describe how goods and services are acquired.
  • Observe and describe ways that people of different cultural backgrounds meet human needs and contribute to the community.
  • Recognize that individuals and groups share and borrow from other cultures.
  • Explain how groups of people interact.

III.  Past and Present

  • Examine differences between past and present time.
  • Compare people and objects of today and long ago.
  • Describe the production process.
  • Explain how technology affects the way people live, work, and play.
  • Observe and describe ways that people of different cultural backgrounds meet human needs and contribute to the community.

HELPFUL PARENT TIPS

  • Help your child become aware of himself and others through discussions, stories, and pictures.
  • Provide opportunities to talk to older family members (heritage).
  • Keep a trip journal.
  • Point out destinations on maps (electronic and paper), tell them where they are going.  Include directional words--east, north, south, west.
  • Tell your child the proper names of places (example:  "Grandma lives in Towson, Maryland,"  or "Let's go to Target/Giant").