Skip Navigation

Utah Core  •  Curriculum Search  •  All Social Studies Lesson Plans  •  USBE Social Studies website


Social Studies Curriculum Social Studies - 1st Grade
Course Preface Course Preface
Printable Version Printable Version (pdf)


Core Standards of the Course

Standard 1
(Culture): Students will recognize and describe how schools and neighborhoods are both similar and different.

Button to show links.

Objective 1
Recognize and describe examples of differences within school and neighborhood.

Button to show lessons.
  1. Recognize differences within their school and neighborhood.
  2. Share stories, folk tales, art, music, and dance inherent in neighborhood and community traditions.
  3. Recognize and demonstrate respect for the differences within one's community (e.g. play, associations, activities, friendships).
  4. Recognize and describe the importance of schools and neighborhoods.

Objective 2
Recognize and identify the people and their roles in the school and neighborhood. Explain how these roles change over time.

Button to show lessons.
  1. Identify the roles of people in the school (e.g., principal, teacher, librarian, secretary, custodian, bus driver, crossing guard, and cafeteria staff).
  2. Explain the roles of the people in the neighborhood (e.g., police officer, firefighter, mail carrier, grocer, mechanic, plumber, miner, farmer, doctor, and tribal leader).
  3. List and discuss how neighborhoods change over time (e.g., new businesses, new neighbors, technology, and rural one-room schools).

Standard 2
(Citizenship): Students will recognize their roles and responsibilities in the school and in the neighborhood.

Button to show links.

Objective 1
Describe and demonstrate appropriate social skills necessary for working in a group.

Button to show lessons.
  1. Describe behaviors that contribute to cooperation within groups at school and in a neighborhood.
  2. Discuss the roles and responsibilities of being a member of a group.
  3. Participate in a group activity modeling appropriate group behavior.
  4. Identify and express feelings in appropriate ways.
  5. Articulate how individual choices affect self, peers, and others.
  6. Communicate positive feelings and ideas of self (e.g., positive self image, good friend, helper, honest).
  7. Predict possible consequences for a variety of actions.

Objective 2
Identify and list responsibilities in the school and in the neighborhood.

Button to show lessons. Button to show links.
  1. Describe and practice responsible behavior inherent in being a good citizen in the school (e.g., safety, right to learn) and neighborhood.
  2. Explain why schools have rules, and give examples of neighborhood rules (e.g., respecting private property, reporting vandalism, and obeying traffic signs and signals).
  3. Demonstrate respect for others in the neighborhood (e.g., the "Golden Rule" - elements include fair play, respect for rights and opinions of others, and respect for rules).
  4. Participate in responsible activities that contribute to the school and neighborhood (e.g., follow teacher directions, put belongings away, participate in discussions, take turns, listen to others, share ideas, clean up litter, report vandalism, give service).
  5. Practice and demonstrate safety in the classroom (e.g., classroom safety procedures, fair play, playground rules).
  6. Practice and demonstrate safety in the neighborhood (e.g., crossing streets, avoiding neighborhood dangers).

Objective 3
Name school, neighborhood, Utah state, and national symbols, landmarks, and documents.

Button to show lessons. Button to show links.
  1. Identify school symbols and landmarks (i.e., mascot, songs, events).
  2. Identify neighborhood and community symbols and landmarks (i.e., firehouse, city hall, churches, other landmarks, city festivals).
  3. Identify Utah state symbols, documents, and landmarks.
  4. Identify national symbols, documents, and landmarks (e.g., Declaration of Independence, U.S. Constitution, Liberty Bell, Washington Monument).
  5. Demonstrate respect for patriotic practices and customs (e.g., Pledge of Allegiance and flag etiquette).

Standard 3
(Geography): Students will use geographic tools to demonstrate how symbols and models are used to represent features of the school, the neighborhood, and the real world.

Button to show lessons. Button to show links.

Objective 1
Identify and use geographic terms and tools.

Button to show lessons. Button to show links.
  1. Use a compass to locate cardinal directions.
  2. Identify the equator and north and south poles.
  3. Identify Utah on a variety of maps and on a globe.
  4. Identify the United States on a variety of maps and on a globe.

Objective 2
Recognize and use a map or a globe.

Button to show lessons. Button to show links.
  1. Create a map showing important sites or landmarks on a school or community (i.e., firehouse, city hall, churches).
  2. Locate physical features (i.e. continents, oceans, rivers, lakes), and man-made features (equator, North and South poles, countries) on a map and on a globe.
  3. Identify the compass rose and cardinal directions on a map and on a globe.

Standard 4
(Financial Literacy): Students will describe the economic choices people make to meet their basic economic needs.

Button to show links.

Objective 1
Explain how goods and services meet people’s needs.

Button to show lessons.
  1. Identify examples of goods and services in the home and in the school.
  2. Explain ways that people exchange goods and services.
  3. Explain how people earn money by working at a job.
  4. Explain the concept of exchanging money to purchase goods and services.

Objective 2
Recognize that people need to make choices to meet their needs.

Button to show lessons.
  1. Describe the economic choices that people make regarding goods and services.
  2. Describe why wanting more than a person can have requires a person to make choices.
  3. Identify choices families make when buying goods and services.
  4. Explain why people save money to buy goods and services in the future.

UEN logo - in partnership with Utah State Board of Education (USBE) and Utah System of Higher Education (USHE).  Send questions or comments to USBE Specialist - Robert  Austin and see the Social Studies website. For general questions about Utah's Core Standards contact the Director - Jennifer  Throndsen.

These materials have been produced by and for the teachers of the State of Utah. Copies of these materials may be freely reproduced for teacher and classroom use. When distributing these materials, credit should be given to Utah State Board of Education. These materials may not be published, in whole or part, or in any other format, without the written permission of the Utah State Board of Education, 250 East 500 South, PO Box 144200, Salt Lake City, Utah 84114-4200.