Social Studies Syllabus

Course Name:    First Grade Social Studies
Instructor: Ruth Howell
Contact Information:  rhowell@usd223.org
Call 348-5531 to schedule a conference before or after school

Course Description: We will be using Scott Foresman All Together textbook level 1 and videos.  This course introduces basic social studies concepts in the areas of civics-government, economics, geography, Kansas, United States and World History on a first grade level.

Learning/Developmental Goals:
This course is designed to meet the Kansas state standards for 1st grade social studies.  Kansas state standards may be found at www.ksde.org

Learning Outcome: The student will demonstrate mastery of state standards using formal and informal assessments along with teacher observation.

All first grade social studies objectives are met by some of the following instructional units and programs but are not limited to this list.  Amount of material covered is subject to change based on the abilities of students in class and calendar activities for the year.  

Instructional Lessons:
           Understand that people belong to many different groups
           Obtain information about a topic using pictures
           Identify contributions of historical figures who have influenced the community,
           state, and nation.
           Learn about families 200 years ago by using a variety of visual sources, such as
           artifacts and photographs
           Describe the kinds of activities families from long ago did together and compare
           them with family activities today
           Explain how selected symbols reflect an American love of individualism and
           freedom
           Explain how routines are part of our daily life at home and at school
           Identify characteristics of good citizenship, such as a belief in equality
           Read and create a calendar
           Obtain information about a topic using visual sources, such as graphics and
           pictures
           Give examples of rules
           Identify the responsibilities of authority figures in the school and home
           Explain the need for rules and laws in the home, school, and community
           Obtain information about a topic using a variety of oral sources, such as
            interviews
           Compare past and present
            Identify the contributions of historical figures in the period of history since 1880
            Recognize that things change over time
            Determine the meanings of words
            Compare and contrast by telling about likenesses and differences
            Identify and describe the human characteristics of places
            Identify buildings in relation to the school and neighborhood
            Recognize that communities include people who have diverse ethnic origins,
            customs, and traditions and who make contributions to their communities
            Create and use simple maps to identify the location of places in the classroom
            Construct a map using basic map symbols
            Explain similarities and differences between life in city, town, suburban, and
            farm communities
            Distinguish among past, present, and future and identify changes in the
            community
            Locate places using the four cardinal directions
            Describe various customs and traditions and explain their importance
            Describe selected customs
            Describe community celebrations
            Describe various customs of families
            Explain the need for laws in the community
            Identify responsibilities of authority figures in the community
            Describe the role of public officials including mayor
            Locate places of significance on maps
            Describe the requirements of various jobs and the characteristics of a
            job well-performed
            Recognize a chart, its parts, and it function
            Read and understand a chart
            Describe ways that families meet basic human needs
            Distinguish between wants and needs
            Explain how people fulfill needs and wants
            Distinguish among past, present, and future
            Compare and contrast toys from the past and today
            Identify examples of people wanting more than they can have
            Explain why wanting more than they can have requires that people make
            choices
            Identify examples of choices families make when buying goods and
            services
            Identify examples of goods and services in the home, school, and
            Community
            Describe the requirements of various jobs and the characteristics of a
            job well-performed
            Describe how specialized jobs contribute to the production of  goods
            and services
           Describe characteristics of good citizenship, as exemplified by ordinary
           people
           Identify characteristics of good citizenship
           Explain that people can both give and receive care
           Identify historic figures who have exemplified good citizenship
           Identify the role of markets in the exchange of goods and services
           Identify a historic figure who has exhibited a love of individualism and
           inventiveness
           Identify the role of transportation in the exchange of goods
           Describe how technology has changed transportation
           Identify ways people exchange goods and services
           Describe the requirements of a job
           Identify and describe the physical characteristics of places, such as weather
           and climate
           Describe how climate affects the way people live, including their clothing
           and recreation
           Use vocabulary related to chronology, including yesterday, today, and
           tomorrow
           Distinguish among past, present, and future
           Create a time line
           Create visual and written material including time lines
           Interpret information presented in picture time lines to show sequence of
           events
           Learn how the seasons of the year affected everyday life and work long ago
           Compare work in the eighteenth century to work today
            Identify and describe the physical characteristics of places such as landforms
           and bodies of water
           Describe how location and physical surroundings affect the way people live,
           including their recreation
           Identify a globe as a model of the earth
           Distinguish between land and water on globes and maps
           relate locations on globes to locations on the earth
           Identify and describe the physical characteristics of places such as their
           natural resources
           Identify examples of and uses for natural resources in the community,
           state, and nation
           Identify ways that natural resources can be used and reused
           Identify ways that protecting natural resources helps animals
           Respond to important problems with the earth’s natural resources
           Describe similarities and differences in ways families meet basic needs
           Identify the human characteristics of types of houses
           Describe the origins of selected holidays and celebrations
           Cite reasons for observing holidays
           Use cardinal directions on a map
           Describe the events associated with Independence Day
           Explain how selected celebrations reflect an American love of freedom
           Identify contributions of historic figures such as George Washington
           Identify contributions of historical figures who have influenced the nation
           Identify historic figures who exemplified good citizenship
           Identify historical figures who have exhibited a love of inventiveness
           Identify the motto of the United States
           Explain selected national and state patriotic symbols
           Identify symbols that represent the United States and what it stands for
           Recognize the symbols that honor and foster patriotism in the United States
           Explain selected national patriotic symbols
           Explain how selected symbols reflect an American love of freedom
           Describe the lives of people commemorated by Presidents’ Day
           Identify leaders in the state and nation
           Describe the roles of public officials
           Locate Washington, D.C., and the capital of your state on a United States map
           Identify anthems and mottoes of the United States and individual states
           Identifies a historic event and understands that events occur in a sequence
           Identify the role of markets in the exchange of goods and services
           Gather information about the lives and accomplishments of selected men and
           women in the historical period before the Renaissance
           Describe how household tools and appliances have changed
           Describe how technology has changed recreation
           Describe how technology has changed the way people work
           Describe how technology has changed communication
           Describe how technology has changed transportation
           Compare housing, clothes, and foods from different parts of the world
           Show what people around the world say when they leave
           Understand how machines benefit daily life

Grading Policy
           Daily work is checked and returned until it is corrected.  Percentages are given on tests.

Grading Scale
           A    100% - 91%
           B      90% - 82%
           C      81% - 73%
           D      72% - 64%
           F      63% -   0%

Make-up Work
           Students have 2 days for every day that is missed to complete and return work.

Homework
           Homework is expected to be done and returned the next school day.