State Curriculum - Social Studies

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Grade PK Grade K
Standard 3.0 Geography: Students will use geographic concepts and processes to understand location and its relationship to human activities. Standard 3.0 Geography: Students will use geographic concepts and processes to understand location and its relationship to human activities.
A. Using Geographic Tools A. Using Geographic Tools
1. Recognize that a globe and maps are used to help people locate places
1. Identify and describe how a globe and maps can be used to help people locate places
a. Recognize that maps are models of places
a. Describe a globe as a model of Earth showing land and water
b. Recognize that a globe is a model of Earth
b. Describe how maps are models showing physical features and/or human features of places
c. Make maps by drawing, building with blocks, and playing with clay, puzzles, pictures, and photographs
c. Identify a location by using terms such as near-far, above-below, and here-there
  d. Identify pictures and photographs that represent places on a map such as a playground and a fire station
B. Geographic Characteristics of Places and Regions B. Geographic Characteristics of Places and Regions
1. Recognize that places in the immediate environment have specific physical and human-made features
1. Describe places in the immediate environment using natural/physical and human-made features
a. Discuss that places have natural/physical features such as mountains, rivers, and hills
a. Recognize physical features as landforms and bodies of water using photographs and pictures
b. Discuss that places have human-made features, such as streets, buildings, and parks
b. Identify land forms, such as mountains and hills, and bodies of water, such as oceans, rivers, and streams
  c. Using photographs and pictures, recognize human-made features as modifications people have made to the land
  d. Identify human-made features, such as buildings, sidewalks, streets, and bridges
C. Movement of People, Goods and Ideas C. Movement of People, Goods and Ideas
1. Identify the role of transportation in the community
1. Describe how transportation and communication link people and places
a. Recognize transportation as a means of traveling from place to place
a. Identify ways that people travel on land, water, and air
b. Identify ways in which people travel to various places in the community, such as bus, car, and bicycle
b. Explain how transportation is used to move goods and people from place to place
  c. Identify ways that people communicate messages
D. Modifying and Adapting to the Environment D. Modifying and Adapting to the Environment
1. Describe how people adapt to their immediate environment
1. Describe how people adapt to and modify their immediate environment
a. Identify ways people adapt to the environment, such as wearing clothing that is appropriate to the weather
a. Identify ways people adapt to the environment, such as wearing clothing that is appropriate to the weather
  b. Identify ways that people change their environment to meet their needs, such as planting crops or cutting forests
 

 

MSDE has developed a toolkit for these standards which can be found online at: http://mdk12.org/instruction/curriculum/social_studies/vsc_toolkit.html.

 

Date: 6/20/2006