Tennessee Social Studies Standards (2011) — Grade 1

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Explain with supporting details the culture of a specific place, including a students community and state.


Describe goods and services that are exchanged worldwide.


Examine different types of advertisements used to sell goods and services.


With prompting and support, read informational texts about major products and industries found in Tennessee, to include mining, music, tourism, automobile manufacturing, and agriculture.


Examine and analyze economic concepts including basic needs vs. wants and the factors that could influence a person to use money or save money.


Recognize basic map symbols, including references to land, water, cities, and roads.


Define and locate the North and South Poles and the equator.


Identify the shapes of Tennessee and the United States on maps and globes.


Use cardinal directions on maps.


Locate Washington, D.C. and Nashville on a United States map.


Define multiculturalism as many different cultures living within a community, state, or nation.


Describe how the location of his/her community, climate, and physical surroundings affect the way people live, including their food, clothing, shelter, transportation and recreation.


Construct a map showing the Atlantic Ocean, Pacific Ocean, Washington D.C., Memphis, Nashville, Knoxville, Chattanooga, Mississippi River, Cumberland River, Tennessee River, Great Smoky Mountains, Rocky Mountains, Center Hill Lake, Norris Lake, Reelfoot Lake, and Clingmans Dome.


Identify the three Grand Divisions of Tennessee on a map and compare and contrast each divisions major physical features.


Summarize in their own words, that a map is a representation of a space, such as the classroom, the school, the neighborhood, town, city, state, country or world.


Identify the current city/county Mayor, Governor, and President, and explain their roles in government.


Explain the importance of patriotic traditions, including the recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance, appropriate behavior during the playing of our National Anthem, and demonstrate appropriate flag etiquette.


Explain that our states and countrys laws are based upon the Constitution.


Give examples of a rule and a law through the use of drawings, discussions, or writings.


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 they live.


Re-tell stories from folk tales, myths, and legends from other cultures.


With guidance and support from adults, use a variety of digital tools to produce and publish an informational text on the importance of the voting process using facts and provide a concluding statement.


Recognize that communities in Tennessee have a local government and compare/contrast this to our state and national government.


Sort rules and responsibilities that citizens follow that are specific to their state compared to national rules and responsibilities, including wearing a seat belt, wearing a bicycle helmet, texting while driving, child restraints, voting, obtaining a drivers license at a particular age, and wearing a motorcycle helmet.


Create a visual representation, such as a graphic organizer, of Tennessee symbols, including the state tree (Tulip Poplar), flower (Iris), motto (Agriculture and Commerce), animal (raccoon), nickname (Volunteer State), flag, and one song (Tennessee Waltz, Rocky Top). Write an opinion piece explaining why you think these are/are not good choices, including supporting detail.


Place events in students own lives in chronological order.


Produce complete sentences to describe people, places, things and events with relevant details that relate to time, including the past, present, and future.


Interpret information presented in picture timelines to show the sequence of events and distinguish between past, present, and future.


Compare ways individuals and groups in the local community and state lived in the past to how they live today, including forms of communication, types of clothing, types of technology, modes of transportation, types of recreation and entertainment.


Use informational text to help describe the importance of celebrating these national holidays: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Presidents Day Memorial Day Independence Day Columbus Day Veterans Day Thanksgiving Day


Use collaborative conversations with diverse partners to discuss family customs and traditions.


Identify holidays, historic events, symbols, and famous people from Tennessee. Students will be introduced to the lives of Tennessee leaders and their contributions.


Ask and answer questions about historical events that helped shape our Nation and explain the role Tennessee played in these events.


Through the use of drawings, discussions, or writings, express reasons the contributions made from these Tennessee leaders were important in the development of the state: Nancy Ward John Sevier Sam Houston Sam Davis Casey Jones Austin Peay Anne Dallas Dudley Cordell Hull Cornelia Fort Diane Nash


Present the students family culture through the use of drawing, writing, and/or multimedia.


Describe the meaning of the word Tennessee and its origin coming from the Cherokee name, Tanasi.


Interpret legends, stories, and songs that contribute to the development of cultures in Tennessee, including Cherokee, Chickasaw, Shawnee, and Creek tribes.


Give examples of products (goods) that people buy and use.


Give examples of services (producers) that people provide.