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Social Studies Standards and I Can Statements

Social Studies Standards

Unit 1 – Communities Around Us

 

SS-EP-2.1.2         Students will study a variety of diverse cultures locally and in the world today and

explain the importance of appreciating and understanding other cultures.

SS-EP-2.2.1         Students will identify social institutions (government, economy, education, religion, family) and explain how they help the community.

SS-EP-3.4.3         Students will define interdependence and give examples of how people in our communities, states, nation and world depend on each other for goods and services.

SS-EP-4.1.1         Students will use geographic tools (e.g., maps, globes, mental maps, charts, graphs) to locate and describe familiar places at home, school and the community.

SS-EP-4.3.2         Students will describe how technology helps us move, settle and interact in the modern world.

SS-EP-4.4.1         Students will describe ways people adapt to/modify the physical environment to meet their basic needs (food, shelter, clothing). DOK 1

 

 

I can explain how people in a community depend on one another.

I can explain how communities are alike and how they are different.

I can identify places in my community.

I can tell how communities communicate with one another.

I can identify and use a map scale.

I can identify different ways to learn about my community.

I can identify landforms and the climate of places.

I can identify features of an urban area.

 I can use a grid system to identify locations on a map.

I can identify features of a suburban area.

I can compare and contrast regions in a community.

I can identify features of a rural area.

I can identify connections between rural, urban, and suburban areas.

 

Unit 2 – Communities and Geography

 

SS-EP-4.1.1         Students will use geographic tools (e.g., maps, globes, mental maps, charts, graphs) to locate and describe familiar places at home, school and the community.

SS-EP-4.1.2         Students will use geographic tools to identify major landforms (e.g., continents, mountain ranges), bodies of water (e.g., oceans, major rivers) and natural resources on Earth’s surface and use relative location.

SS-EP-4.1.3         Students will describe how different factors (e.g. rivers, mountains) influence where human activities are located in the community.

SS-EP-4.2.1         Students will describe places on Earth’s surface by their physical characteristics (e.g., climate, landforms, bodies of water).

SS-EP-4.4.1         Students will describe ways people adapt to/modify the physical environment to meet their basic needs (food, shelter, clothing).  DOK 1

SS-EP-4.4.2         Students will describe how the physical environment can both promote and restrict human activities.

 

I can use geographic tools to locate communities.

I can understand relative and absolute location by using longitude and latitude.

I can recognize and describe physical features of a place.

I can identify landforms and the climate of places.

I can identify the five regions of the United States by their physical characteristics.

I can identify living and nonliving resources.

I can identify renewable and nonrenewable resources.

I can identify a natural resource.

I can identify human and physical characteristics of different places.

I can understand how to read a pictograph and a bar graph.

I can explain how people modify the environment to meet our basic needs.

I can understand how citizens can care for the environment.

I can identify ways that people negatively affect the environment.

 

Unit 3 – Communities Over Time

 

SS-EP-2.1.2         Students will study a variety of diverse cultures locally and in the world today and explain the importance of appreciating and understanding other cultures.

SS-EP-4.3.2         Students will describe how technology helps us move, settle and interact in the modern world.

SS-EP-5.1.1         Students will use a variety of primary and secondary sources (e.g., artifacts, diaries, timelines) to interpret the past.

SS-EP-5.2.2         Students will identify and compare the early cultures of diverse groups of Native Americans (e.g., Northwest, Southwest, Plains, Eastern Woodlands) and explain why they settled in what is now the United States.  DOK 2

SS-EP-5.2.3         Students will describe change over time in communication, technology, transportation and education in the community.

 

 

I can identify ways communities change over time and how they stay the same.

I can understand how to read a timeline.

I can understand how certain people help communities to grow.

I can identify primary and secondary sources.

I can identify inventions that have changed communication, transportation, and daily living.

I can explain how technology helps us.

I can identify how ancient civilizations influence life today.

I can identify the early cultures of Native American tribes.

I can describe the interactions between Native Americans and settlers.

I can explain why the colonists fought for freedom from England.

I can name the thirteen colonies.

I can describe changes that have led to the growth of the United States.

 

Unit 4 – Citizens and Government

 

SS-EP-1.1.1         Students will identify the basic purposes of local government (to establish order, provide security and accomplish common goals); give examples of services local governments provide (e.g., police and fire protection roads and snow removal, garbage pick-up,) and identify how they pay for these services taxes).

SS-EP-1.1.2         Students will identify and explain the purpose of rules within organizations (e.g., school, clubs, teams) and compare rules with laws.  DOK 2

SS-EP-1.2.1         Students will describe how their local government is structured (e.g., mayor, city council, judge-executive, fiscal court, local courts) and compare their local government to other community governments in Kentucky.

SS-EP-1.3.1         Students will define basic democratic ideas (e.g., liberty, justice, equality, rights, responsibility) and explain why they are important today.

SS-EP-1.3.2         Students will identify and give examples of good citizenship at home, at school and in the community (e.g., helping with chores, obeying rules, participating in community service projects such as recycling, conserving natural resources, donating food/supplies) and explain why civic engagement in the community is important.

DOK 2

SS-EP-2.3.1         Students will describe various forms of interactions (compromise, cooperation, conflict, competition) that occur between individuals/ groups at home and at school.  DOK 2

SS-EP-2.3.2         Students will identify appropriate conflict resolution strategies (e.g., compromise, cooperation, communication).

SS-EP-4.1.1         Students will use geographic tools (e.g., maps, globes, mental maps, charts, graphs) to locate and describe familiar places at home, school and the community.

SS-EP-5.2.1         Students will identify significant patriotic and historical songs, symbols, monuments/landmarks (e.g., The Star-Spangled Banner, the Underground Railroad, the Statue of Liberty) and patriotic holidays (e.g., Veteran’s Day, Martin Luther King’s birthday, Fourth of July) and explain their historical significance.  DOK 2

 

I can describe the rights of citizens.

I can understand the purpose of the Bill of Rights.

I can explain the voting process.

I can understand that citizens have responsibilities.

I can explain how to be a good citizen.

I can identify people in history who have been good citizens.

I can make good decisions.

I can identify the three levels of government.

I can identify the three branches of government.

I can explain why the Constitution of the United States is important.

I can identify goods and services that local governments provide.

I can identify the structure of our local government provides.

I can understand how to read a road map.

I can identify services that state and national governments provide.

I can identify the structure of our state and national governments.

I can read a line graph.

I can identify symbols of our nation.

I can identify monuments and memorials of our nation and tell what they symbolize.

I can understand how governments of the world can be different.

 

Unit 5 – People in Communities

 

SS-EP-2.1.1         Students will describe cultural elements (e.g., beliefs, traditions, languages, skills, literature, the arts).  DOK 1

SS-EP-2.1.2         Students will study a variety of diverse cultures locally and in the world today and explain the importance of appreciating and understanding other cultures.

SS-EP-4.1.1         Students will use geographic tools (e.g., maps, globes, mental maps, charts, graphs) to locate and describe familiar places at home, school and the community.

SS-EP-4.3.1         Students will describe patterns of human settlement in places and regions on the Earth’s surface.

SS-EP-5.2.1         Students will identify significant patriotic and historical songs, symbols, monuments/landmarks (e.g., The Star-Spangled Banner, the Underground Railroad, the Statue of Liberty) and patriotic holidays (e.g., Veteran’s Day, Martin Luther King’s birthday, Fourth of July) and explain their historical significance.  DOK 2

 

 

I can read a population map.

I can identify reasons why people move and settle in new places.

I can understand how different groups share their cultures in the United States.

I can identify American landmarks.

I can identify significant holidays in the United States.

I can understand ways people express their cultures in the United States.

I can identify holidays and traditions that are celebrated in other countries.

I can tell how life is like in cultures around the world.

 

 

 

 

Unit 6 – Working in Communities

SS-EP-3.1.1         Students will define basic economic terms related to scarcity (e.g., opportunity cost,                                                                                                                                                                                                                    wants and needs, limited productive resources-natural, human, capital) and explain that scarcity requires people to make economic choices and incur opportunity costs.  DOK 2

SS-EP-3.2.1         Students will identify and give examples of economic institutions (banks) and explain how they help people deal with the problem of scarcity (e.g., loan money, save money) in today’s market economy.

SS-EP-3.3.1         Students will define basic economic terms related to markets (e.g., market economy, markets, wants and needs, goods and services, profit, consumer, producer, supply and demand, barter, money, trade, advertising).  DOK 2

SS-EP-3.3.2         Students will explain different ways that people acquire goods and services (by trading/bartering goods and services for other goods and services or by using money).

SS-EP-3.4.1         Students will define basic economic terms related to production, distribution and consumption (e.g., goods and services, wants and needs, supply and demand, specialization, entrepreneur) and describe various ways goods and services are distributed (e.g., by price, first-come-first-served, sharing equally).   DOK 2

SS-EP-3.4.2         Students will describe how new knowledge, technology/tools, and specialization increases productivity in our community, state, nation and world.

SS-EP-3.4.3         Students will define interdependence and give examples of how people in our communities, states, nation and world depend on each other for goods and services.

SS-EP-4.1.1         Students will use geographic tools (e.g., maps, globes, mental maps, charts, graphs) to locate and describe familiar places at home, school and the community.

 

 

I can identify consumers and producers and how they depend on one another.

I can identify three types of resources used in a business.

I can read a land use and products map.

I can explain why countries import and export goods.

I can explain how technology has changed businesses.

I can understand what barter means.

I can identify different forms of money used over time.

I can explain a free market economy.

I can understand supply and demand.

I can explain saving and spending money.

I can explain trade-offs and opportunity cost.

I can understand how businesses around the world depend on each other.