Compares everyday life in different places and times
Understands that history tells stories about real events and real people of other times and places
Understands broad categories of time and calendar time
Recognizes cultural differences, traditions and contributions
Knows some significant individuals in United States history, such as George Washington, Abraham Lincoln and Martin Luther King Jr.
Knows the people and events honored by commemorative holidays
Knows why and how historical buildings such as the White House, monuments such as Mt. Rushmore, and statues such as the Statue of Liberty are linked to history
Uses simple maps, globes and other means to identify and locate places of personal significance (Grandma lives in New York, our vacation will be in Arizona, etc.)
Identifies the seven continents and their common characteristics
Identifies the modes of transportation used to move people, products and ideas
Understands how and why rules are made
Recognizes major elected officials such as the President and the Governor of your state
Understands the basic concept that government officials are voted into office by their constituents
Understands the role and responsibility of the citizen in American democracy (such as voting, staying informed)
Begins to understand basic concepts of supply, demand and limited resources
Distinguishes the difference between human and natural resources
Distinguishes the difference between goods and services, and between consumers and producers
Begins to understand basic concepts of markets and exchange
Understands the basic functions of a bank
Tips for parents to help children prepare for a diverse world:
Discuss your family's cultural background, make traditional foods and sing traditional songs when you can bring different generations of your family together.
Look through family photographs and discuss how the daily life of today is different from what your grandparents experienced. Create an album that compares your grandparents clothes, foods and modes of transportation versus those your child experiences today.