Grade 1 Social Studies

Course Description

Semester A

In this semester, students begin to explore basic fundamentals of social studies including map skills, cardinal directions, and will begin to examine maps of the U.S. and the globe. Students will also be introduced to important figures from American history such as Pocahontas, George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, and Clara Barton.

A skill that students will practice throughout the semester is retelling stories. Students may do this by recording audio, retelling the stories orally, or writing their observations. They will learn how to use details and basics of narratives.

Students will also make maps of their homes, neighborhoods, as well as a personal timeline.

Semester B

The second semester has a focus on introductory economics. They will study bartering, goods and services, jobs in the community, and how the marketplace works.

Another focus is on positive character traits such as honesty, what the aspects of personal responsibility are, and how to help and respect others.

Historic figures such as Clara Barton and characters from fiction and folklore are used as models for teaching positive traits.

Students will continue practicing there five finger retelling skill with assignments on Martin Alonso (a sailor with Columbus) and George Washington.

Projects will help students think about thoughtful words, showing respect, and being honest. Learners will write, draw, and perform in these projects.

Course Requirments

Grade Level



Colored pencils or crayons
Hole puncher
12 large pieces of paper, legal size is best Poster board

Basic School Supplies

First Grade Materials Kit

*Materials listed should be acquired by the student prior to beginning work in the course.


2 Semesters



Technology Skills

  • Internet Navigation
  • Word Processing Skills
  • Email Communication (with assistance of parent or teacher)

Semester A

Major Concepts:

  • Reading and understanding a calendar
  • Cardinal directions
  • Personal timeline
  • Geography skills
  • Reading a map
  • Retelling stories and the five finger retell

Semester B

Major Concepts

  • Bartering
  • Native American systems
  • Goods in the home and the marketplace
  • Community services
  • Personal responsibility
  • Characteristics of truthfulness
  • Role of work in a community