State Standards - Social Studies

Grade 1
Standard 3.0 Geography: Students will use geographic concepts and processes to understand location and its relationship to human activities.
A. Using Geographic Tools
1. Use geographic tools to locate and describe places on Earth
a. Locate the continents and oceans using maps and a globe
b. Use photographs and pictures to describe a place
c. Identify a place using bird's eye view
d. Define map elements as parts of a map that make it easy to use
e. Describe where places are located on a map using relative distance and direction, such as near-far, above-below and cardinal directions (north, south, east, and west)
B. Geographic Characteristics of Places and Regions
1. Describe places in the environment using geographic characteristics
a. Identify and describe physical characteristics of a place (physical features, climate, vegetation and animal life)
b. Identify human characteristics of a place (human-made features, language, political system, how people make a living)
c. Describe places by how people make a living and where they live
C. Movement of People, Goods and Ideas
1. Explain how transportation and communication link people and places by the movement of goods, messages, and people
a. Identify how transportation links people and goods between places
b. Explain how communication links people and messages between places
D. Modifying and Adapting to the Environment
1. Explain how people modify, protect, and adapt to their environment
a. Describe how people in a community modify their environment to meet changing needs for shelter, such as clearing land for a housing community
b. Describe why and how people protect the environment
c. Explain how people adapt to changes in the environment, such as using less water in the drought


MSDE has developed a toolkit for these standards which can be found online at:


Date: 1/27/2015