first grade Standards - social studies 

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Social Studies - WA State Learning Standards 

These are from the Washington State Learning Standards


  • (1) The student understands and applies knowledge of government, law, politics, and the nation’s fundamental documents to make decisions about local, national, and international issues and to demonstrate thoughtful, participatory citizenship.
    • (1.1) Understands key ideals and principles of the United States, including those in the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and other fundamental documents. 
    • (1.2) Understands the purposes, organization, and function of governments, laws, and political systems. 
    • (1.3) Understands the purposes and organization of international relationships and U.S. foreign policy. 


  • (2) The student applies understanding of economic concepts and systems to analyze decision-making and the interactions between individuals, households, businesses, governments, and societies. 
    • (2.1) Understands that people have to make choices between wants and needs and evaluate the outcomes of those choices. 
      • (2.1.1) Understands that when individuals and families make choices about meeting their needs and wants, something is gained and something is given up. 
    • (2.2) Understands how economic systems function. 
    • (2.3) Understands the government’s role in the economy. 
    • (2.4) Understands the economic issues and problems that all societies face. 


  • (3) The student uses a spatial perspective to make reasoned decisions by applying the concepts of location, region, and movement and demonstrating knowledge of how geographic features and human cultures impact environments. 
    • (3.1) Understands the physical characteristics, cultural characteristics, and location of places, regions, and spatial patterns on the Earth’s surface. 
      • (3.1.1) Understands and uses maps and globes to identify major bodies of water and continental land masses. 
    • (3.2) Understands human interaction with the environment. 
      • (3.2.1) Understands that the way families live is shaped by the environment. 
      • (3.2.3) Understands why families make decisions to move. 
    • (3.3) Understands the geographic context of global issues. 


  • (4) The student understands and applies knowledge of historical thinking, chronology, eras, turning points, major ideas, individuals, and themes of local, Washington State, tribal, United States, and world history in order to evaluate how history shapes the present and future.
    • (4.1) Understands historical chronology. 
      • (4.1.1) Understands and creates family timelines to show events in a sequential manner. 
    • (4.2) Understands and analyzes causal factors that have shaped major events in history. 
    • (4.3) Understands that there are multiple perspectives and interpretations of historical events.
    • (4.4) Uses history to understand the present and plan for the future.
      • (4.4.1) Understands how knowledge of family history can be used to make current choices.

Social Studies Skills

  • (5) The student understands and applies reasoning skills to conduct research, deliberate, and form and evaluate positions through the processes of reading, writing, and communicating.
    • (5.1) Uses critical reasoning skills to analyze and evaluate positions.
    • (5.2) Uses inquiry-based research.
      • (5.2.1) Understands how questions are used to find out information.
      • (5.2.2) Uses texts and visuals to identify the main ideas or key details to study family life.
    • (5.3) Deliberates public issues.
      • (5.3.1) Engages in discussions to learn about how families live around the world.
    • (5.4) Creates a product that uses social studies content to support a thesis and presents the product in an appropriate manner to a meaningful audience.
      • (5.4.1) Describes how different people live using a graphic organizer.