My family and other families
Families and different kinds of families exist in all communities and societies though they may differ.
Families have beliefs, customs, and traditions.
Families have roles and responsibilities.
Families are interdependent.
History of my family
Families have a past and they change over time; my family timeline illustrates my family’s history.
Some family beliefs, customs, and traditions are based on family histories.
People of diverse racial, religious, national, and ethnic groups transmit their beliefs, customs, and traditions.
My community and local region
Different events, people, problems, and ideas make up my community’s history.
Folklore, myths, legends, and other cultural contributions have helped shape our community and local region.
Monuments and important places are located in my neighborhood.
Communities are connected economically and geographically.
People exchange elements of their cultures.
Places can be located on maps and on a globe.
Maps and diagrams serve as representations of places, physical features, and objects.
Cardinal directions can be used to locate places and physical features.
Symbols represent places and can be used to locate geographic features and physical characteristics.
Challenge of meeting needs and wants
Scarcity means that people’s wants exceed their limited resources.
Communities provide facilities and services to help satisfy the needs and wants of people who live there.
People use tools, technologies, and other resources to meet their needs and wants.
People in communities must make choices due to unlimited needs and wants and scarce resources; these choices involve costs.
Economic decision making
People make decisions about how to spend the money they earn.
Symbols of citizenship
Citizenship includes knowledge about and respect for the flag of the United States of
America, including an understanding about its display and use.
Rights, responsibilities, and roles of citizenship
People making and changing rules and laws
People form governments in order to develop rules and laws to govern and protect themselves.
Key terms related to the study of government include: democracy, power, citizenship, nation-state, and justice.
People plan, organize, and make decisions for the common good.
Students can participate in problem solving, decision making, and conflict resolution.