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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


  • Rights & Responsibilities
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of rights and responsibilities by explaining the purpose of rules, identifying authority figures, and examining the characteristics of responsible citizenship at home, in school, and in the community.
  • Celebrations and National Holidays
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of celebrations and national holidays by examining various celebrations and national holidays, explaining the importance of remembering and honoring people and events from our nation’s heritage.
  • Learning About History
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of history by exploring stories of people and events from the past, examining tools used to put events in sequence and resources to answer historical questions, defining historical fact and fiction, and comparing contemporary life with life in the past.
  • National Holidays & Celebrations
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of national holidays and celebrations by reviewing terms related to national holidays and celebrations, explaining specific national holidays such as Veterans Day and recognizing ethnic heritage holidays.
  • Maps & Globes
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of maps and globes by exploring related terms, symbols and features, creating a map, and examining the effect of location, physical environment and weather on the way people live in a community.
  • Celebrating Historical Figures & Ethnic Traditions
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of celebrating historical figures and holiday traditions by identifying people and symbols that represent the United States and explaining ethnic heritage celebrations and traditions.
  • Money & Making Choices
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of money and making choices by explaining how money is used, the importance of saving money, opportunity cost, the roles of buyers and sellers, and the difference between good and services.
  • Honoring American People & Events
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of why we honor American people and events by identifying people that represent America, identifying important historical events and explaining the holidays or months that honor them, and identifying American symbols.



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