Tennessee Social Studies Standards (2011) — Grade K

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Describe familiar people, places, things and events, with clarifying detail about a students home, school, and community


Use words relating to work including wants, needs, jobs, money, buying and selling, in writing, drawing and conversation.


Use correct words and phrases that indicate location and direction, including up, down, near, far, left, right, straight, back, in front of, and behind.


Explain that a map is a drawing of a place to show where things are located and that a globe is a round model of the Earth.


Identify the students street address, city/town, school name, and Tennessee as the state in which they live.


Locate Tennessee and the United States on a map.


Give examples that show the meaning of the following concepts: authority, fairness, justice, responsibility, and rules.


Identify the following state and national symbols: The American flag and its colors and shapes The Tennessee flag and its colors and shapes The words of the Pledge of Allegiance The Tennessee state flower (Iris) and bird (Mockingbird) The national symbols of the bald eagle, Statue of Liberty, and the White House


Re-tell stories that illustrate honesty, courage, friendship, respect, responsibility and the wise or judicious exercise of authority, and explain how the characters in the stories show these qualities.


Recognize and name the current President of the United States.


Use drawings, dictating, and writing to participate in shared research describing the role of the President.


Summarize people and places referenced in picture books, stories, and real-life situations with supporting detail.


Identify roles of authority figures at home, at school, and in government to include parents, school principal, volunteers, police officers, fire and rescue workers, mayor, governor, and president.


Explain the purpose of rules and laws.


Demonstrate good citizenship and identify characteristics of citizens of the United States as described in the Constitution.


Identify sequential actions, including first, next, and last in stories and use them to describe personal experiences.


Use correct words and phrases related to chronology and time (now, long ago, before, after; morning, afternoon, night; today, tomorrow, yesterday, last or next week, month, year; and present, past, and future tenses of verbs).


Identify days of the week and months of the year.


Locate and describe events on a calendar, including birthdays, holidays, cultural events, and school events.


Scan historic photographs to gain information and arrange in sequential order.


Use a combination of drawing, dictating, and writing to narrate a single event or several related events.


Participate in shared research projects to identify and describe the events or people celebrated during state and national holidays and why we celebrate them: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Presidents Day (George Washington and Abraham Lincoln) Memorial Day Independence Day Columbus Day Veterans Day Thanksgiving


Compare family traditions and customs among different cultures.


Identify and summarize information given through read-alouds or through other media about famous people of Tennessee: David Crockett Sequoyah Andrew Jackson James K. Polk Andrew Johnson Alvin C. York Wilma Rudolph Elvis Presley


Use diagrams to show similarities and differences in food, clothes, homes, games, and families in different cultures.


Distinguish between wants and needs.


Identify and explain how the basic human needs of food, clothing, shelter and transportation are met.


Explain the benefits of saving money.


Explain why people work and recognize different types of jobs, including work done in the home, school, and community.


Give examples of how family members, friends, and/or acquaintances use money directly or indirectly (cash, check or credit card) to make purchases.