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I. Historical Perspective
Content Standard 1
Time & Chronology:
1. Use analog and digital clocks to tell time.
2. Use weeks, months and years as intervals of time.
3. Distinguish among the past, present and future.
4. Place events of their lives and lives of others in chronological order.
Content Standard 2
Comprehending The Past:
1. Identify who was involved, what happened and where it happened in stories about the past.
2. Describe the past through the eyes and experiences of those who were there as revealed through their records.
3. Recount events from simple biographies of women and men representing a variety of societies from the past.
4. Identify and explain how individuals in history demonstrated good character and personal virtue.
Content Standard 3
Analyzing and Interpreting The Past:
1. Use a variety of records to construct a narrative about their personal or family histories.
2. Differentiate between historical facts and historical interpretations.
3. Explain why accounts of the same event differ.
Content Standard 4
Judging Decisions From The Past:
1. Recall situations in their lives that required decisions made in light of their consequences.
2. Evaluate decisions made by others as reported in stories about the past.
II. Geographic Perspective
Content Standard 1
People, Places and Cultures:
1. Describe the human characteristics of places and explain some basic causes for those characteristics.
2. Describe the natural characteristics of places and explain some basic cause for those characteristics.
Content Standard 2
Human/Environment Interaction:
1. Describe how people use the environment to meet human needs and wants.
2. Describe the ways in which their environment has been changed by people, and the ways their lives are affected by the environment.
3. Suggest ways the people can help improve their environment.
Content Standard 3
Location, Movement and Connections:
1. Identify locations of significance in their immediate environment and explain reasons for their location.
2. Identify people and places in other locations and explain their importance to the community.
3. Identify people, goods, services and ideas in their local community which have come from other places and describe why they moved.
Content Standard 4
Regions, Patterns and Processes:
1. Identify regions in their immediate environment and describe their characteristics and boundaries.
2. Compare their community and region with others.
3. Describe changes in the region over time as well as presently.
Content Standard 5
Global Issues and Events:
1. Locate and describe major world events that are having an impact on their community and explain why they are important to the community.
III. Civic Perspective
Content Standard 1
Purposes of Government:
1. Cite examples of government carrying out legal authority in their local community.
2. Describe consequences of not having rules
Content Standard 2
Ideals of American Democracy:
1. Identify aspects of life at school and in the local community that illustrate justice and freedom.
Content Standard 3
Democracy in Action:
1. Explain how conflicts at school or in the local community might be resolved in ways that are consistent with core democratic values.
Content Standard 4
American Government and Politics:
1. Identify rules at school and in the local community and consider consequences for breaking rules.
2. Describe fair ways for groups to make decisions
3. Describe ways that individuals influence each other.
Content Standard 5
American Government and World Affairs:
1. Distinguish between events in this country and events abroad.
2. Recognize that events in other countries can affect Americans.
IV. Economic Perspective
Content Standard 1
Individual and Household Choices:
1. Identify ways families produce and consume goods and services.
2. List ways that individuals can conserve limited resources.
Content Standard 2
Business Choices:
1. Connect economic needs with businesses that meet them.
2. Select a particular good or service and describe the types of resources necessary to produce and distribute it.
Content Standard 3
Role of Government:
1. Describe a good or service provided by the local government and the method of payment.
2. Identify the goods and services their school provides and the people who provide them
3. Identify an unmet local economic need and propose a plan to meet it.
Content Standard 4
Economic Systems:
1. Identify examples of markets they experience in their daily life.
2. Distinguish between producers and consumers in a market economy.
3. Describe how the choices they make impact business decisions.
Content Standard 5
1. Recognize economic exchanges in which they participate.
2. Identify United States coin and currency denominations and describe the role of cash in the exchange of goods and services.
V. Inquiry
Content Standard 1
Information Processing:
1. Locate information using people, books, audio/video recordings, photos, simple maps, graphs, and tables.
2. Acquire information from observation of the local environment.
3. Organize information to make and interpret simple maps of their surroundings and simple graphs and tables of social data drawn from their experience.
Content Standard 2
Conducting Investigations:
1. Pose question about life in their school or local community.
2. Gather and analyze information in order to answer the question posed.
3. Construct an answer to the question posed and support their answer with evidence.
4. Report the results of their investigation.
VI. Public Discourse and Decision Making
Content Standard 1
Identifying and Analyzing Issues:
1. Pose a question about matters of public concern that they have encountered in school or in the local community.
2. Compare their own viewpoint about the matter raised with that of another individual.
Content Standard 2
Group Discussion:
1. Engage each other in conversations about issues pertaining to governing their school.
Content Standard 3
Persuasive Writing:
1. Compose brief statements expressing a decision on an issue in the school or local community.
VII. Citizen Involvement
Content Standard 1
Responsible Personal Conduct:
1. Help to determine, interpret and enforce school rules
2. Participate in projects designed to help others in their community.