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First Grade: Tennesee's Place in America — Social Studies (2014-2019)


First grade students will build upon knowledge of major historical events, holidays, symbols, and individuals associated with Tennessee and the United States. Students will listen to and read folktales and non-fiction texts from across the United States to gain a better understanding of the importance of these historical concepts. They will also discuss cultures and human patterns of places and regions in Tennessee. Students will demonstrate an understanding of how individuals, families, and communities live and work together in Tennessee, the United States, and around the world. An emphasis will be placed on goods and services that originate in Tennessee. Students will demonstrate an understanding of how people interact with the environment locally and globally, which will be accomplished by building on previously learned geographic skills and concepts. This will include identifying major cities and physical features in Tennessee and the rest of the United States. Students will demonstrate an understanding of how the state and federal government functions and how government affects families.


Academic Standards
Explain with supporting details the culture of a specific place, including a student's community and state.
Define multiculturalism as many different cultures living within a community, state, or nation.
Re-tell stories from folk tales, myths, and legends from other cultures.
Use collaborative conversations with diverse partners to discuss family customs and traditions.
Present the student's 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.


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Give examples of products (goods) that people buy and use.
Give examples of services (producers) that people provide.
Explain differences between goods and services and describe how people are consumers and producers of goods and services.
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,
Examine and analyze economic concepts including basic needs vs. wants and the factors that could influence a person to use money or save money.


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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.
Distinguish the difference between a continent, mountain, river, lake, and ocean.
Describe how the location of his/her community, climate, and physical surroundings affect the way people live, including their food, clothing, shelter, transportation
Construct a map showing the Atlantic Ocean, Pacific Ocean, Washington D.C., Memphis, Nashville, Knoxville, Chattanooga, Mississippi River, Cumberland River, Tennessee
Identify the three Grand Divisions of Tennessee on a map and compare and contrast each division's 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.

Government and Civics

Academic Standards
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
Explain that our state's and country's 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
Summarize that voting is a way of making choices and decisions.
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
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,
Create a visual representation, such as a graphic organizer, of Tennessee symbols, including the state tree (Tulip Poplar), flower (Iris), motto (Agriculture and


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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
Use informational text to help describe the importance of celebrating these national holidays:
Differentiate between fact and fiction when sharing stories or retelling events using primary and secondary sources.
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:
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