South Carolina Learning Standards for Social Studies — Grade 1

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The student will demonstrate an understanding of how families interact with their environment both locally and globally.


Identify a familiar area of the neighborhood or local community on a simple map, using the legend and basic map symbols


Compare schools and neighborhoods that are located in different settings around the world.


Identify various natural resources (e.g., water, animals, plants, minerals) around the world.


Compare the ways that people use land and natural resources in different settings around the world.


The student will demonstrate an understanding of how government functions and how government affects families.


Explain the making and enforcing of laws as a basic function of government.


Summarize the concept of authority and give examples of people in authority, including school officials, public safety officers, and government officials.


Illustrate ways that government affects the lives of individuals and families, including taxation that provides services such as public education and health, roads, and security.


Summarize the possible consequences of an absence of government.


The student will demonstrate an understanding of the principles of American democracy and the role of citizens in upholding those principles.


Describe the fundamental principles of American democracy, including respect for the rights, opinions, and property of others; fair treatment for all; and respect for the rules by which we live.


Identify ways that all citizens can serve the common good, including serving as public officials and participating in the election process.


Summarize the contributions to democracy that have been made by historic and political figures in the United States, including Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, Dorothea Dix, Frederick Douglass, Mary McLeod Bethune, and Franklin D. Roosevelt.


The student will demonstrate an understanding of how individuals, families, and communities live and work together in America and around the world.


Illustrate different elements of community life, including typical jobs; the interdependence of family, school, and the community; and the common methods of transportation and communication.


Compare the daily lives of families together in America and across the world, including the roles of family members; typical food, clothing, and shelter; and the ways that families earn a living.


Identify the ways that families and communities in America and around the world cooperate and compromise with one another in order to obtain goods and services to meet their needs and wants.


Explain the concept of scarcity and the way it forces individuals and families to make choices about which goods and services they can obtain.


The student will demonstrate an understanding of the local community as well as the fact that geography influences not only the development of communities but also the interactions between people and the environment.