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Estimated Completion Time

36 Weeks


In Social Studies Grade 1, students develop an understanding of citizenship in the home, school, and community. Students learn important concepts and skills related to history, geography, and economics.

Please view the Elementary Parents’ Survival Guide: The First Four Weeks of Online Learning for guidance on helping your student in the transition to online learning.

Course Requirements

To achieve success, students are expected to submit work in each course weekly. Students can learn at their own pace; however, “any pace” still means that students must make progress in the course every week. To measure learning, students complete self-checks, practice lessons, multiple choice questions, projects, discussion-based assessments, and discussions. Students and families are expected to maintain regular contact with teachers because, when teachers, students, and parents work together, students are successful.

Required Materials – Please view the list of materials before registering.

Major Topics and Concepts

Segment One

  • Rights and responsibilities
  • Citizenship
  • Communities
  • Celebrations and holidays
  • Symbols of the United States
  • Primary sources
  • Life in the past
  • Fact and fiction
  • Tall tales
  • Timelines

Segment Two

  • Maps and globes
  • Directions and location
  • Physical features of Earth’s surface
  • Weather
  • Celebrations and holidays
  • Presidents and first ladies
  • Resources
  • Opportunity cost
  • Decision making
  • Goods and services
  • Buying, selling, and saving

Credits 1


  • Fact Versus Fiction
    I can explain where to find sources of information to learn about the past. I can explain the difference between fact and fiction. I can compare works of fiction and nonfiction. I can describe a series of events in sequence. I can create a timeline to show live events in order.
  • Holidays that Celebrate Courage, Responsibility, and Heroism
    I can compare holidays and celebrations. I can identify people from the past who have demonstrated courage. I can identify people from the past who have demonstrated responsibility.
  • Honoring People and Events
    I can explain the process in which people and events are chosen to be honored. I can explain the process in which veterans are honored on Veterans Day. I can identify people from the past who have demonstrated honesty.
  • Rules, Rights, and Responsibilities
    I can explain the importance of rules and laws in the community. I can identify people who make and enforce rules in the community. I can identify examples of rights and responsibilities. I can describe actions to show respect and kindness to others. I can describe strategies to solve conflicts fairly.
  • Celebrations of Ethnic Heritage
    I can identify people and symbols that represent America. I can explain the purpose of celebrating Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. I can describe celebrations of ethnic heritage.
  • Making Choices
    I can explain the choices that people must make because of scarce resources. I can identify examples of opportunity cost in everyday life. I can compare goods and services. I can explain the roles of buyers, sellers, and producers. I can explain the reasons for people to save money.
  • Maps and Globes
    I can identify key elements on maps and globes. I can describe the process of locating places on maps. I can identify physical features on a map or globe. I can explain the creation of a map with key elements. I can explain the effect of location and physical environment on the way people live.
  • Representing America
    I can explain the group of people honored on Memorial Day. I can describe the reasons for celebrating Independence Day. I can explain the purpose for celebrating holidays.



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