The specific social studies topics studied in 1st grade classrooms typically vary according to state standards. Different states may focus on their own history, geography, and communities, as well as slightly vary the focus of their learning. However, in most 1st grade classrooms, students begin to explore their communities and the world around them more deeply, enhancing their research skills, general knowledge of the world around them, and ability to compare and contrast different groups. This is done in a variety of ways through group projects, group research, read-alouds, class trips, and exploratory activities. In addition, first graders continue to have class meetings where they learn about the calendar and discuss class events. In the United States, American holidays are also studied.
To build his social studies skills, your first grader:
|Learns and talks about his own family, different types of families in the present and in history, and his community.||Uses and studies maps to locate his own community as well as others.||Develops communication and conversation skills.||Creates both group and individual work to represent what he has learned, using writing, illustrations, and graphic organizers such as Venn diagrams and T-charts.||Begins to explore the role of technology and media.||Learns about holidays and important events and days.|