State Curriculum - Science

Grade 1
Standard 1.0 Political Science: Students will understand the historical development and current status of the democratic principles and the development of skills and attitudes necessary to become responsible citizens.
A. The Foundations and Function of Government
1. Explain the importance of rules
a. Explain how rules promote fairness, responsibility, and privacy in the school and community
b. Identify leadership positions in the school and community and recognize their authority in keeping students safe, following rules, and maintaining order
2. Identify and discuss the meaning of symbols and practices associated with the United States of America
a. Identify and discuss the meaning of common symbols associated with the United States of America, such as bald eagle, White House, and the Statue of Liberty
b. Describe how actions, such as pledging allegiance to the American flag and singing "The Star-Spangled Banner" and "America" are associated with being a citizen
B. Individual and Group Participation in the Political System
1. Identify and describe people important to the American political system
a. Describe the contributions of people, past and present, such as George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Martin Luther King, Jr. and the current president
b. Explain how contributions of people may be recognized with holidays and celebrations, such as Presidents' Day and Veterans' Day
C. Protecting Rights and Maintaining Order
1. Describe the rights and responsibilities of being a participating member of the family, school and neighborhood
a. Identify the rights, responsibilities and choices that students have in the family, school, and neighborhood
b. Demonstrate ways to work together to maintain a clean and safe home, school, and neighborhood environment

Note: Highlighting identifies assessment limits. All highlighted Indicators will be tested on the Grades 5 and 8 MSA. The highlighted Objectives under each highlighted Indicator identify the limit to which MSA items can be written. Although all content standards are tested on MSA, not all Indicators and Objectives are tested. Objectives that are not highlighted will not be tested on MSA, however are an integral part of Instruction.

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January 2008