State Standards - Social Studies

Grade K
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. Identify the importance of rules
a. Identify reasons for classroom and school rules, such as maintaining order and keeping the community safe
b. Recognize rules help promote fairness, responsible behavior, and privacy
2. Identify symbols and practices associated with the United States of America
a. Identify common symbols, such as the American Flag, and Statue of Liberty
b. Recognize that saying the Pledge of Allegiance and singing "The Star-Spangled Banner" are practices associated with being a citizen
B. Individual and Group Participation in the Political System
1. Identify people important to the American political system
a. Identify the contributions of people, past and present, such as George Washington, Rosa Parks, and the current president
b. Use informational text to identify and discuss the contributions of individuals recognized on national holidays, such as Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and Presidents' Day
C. Protecting Rights and Maintaining Order
1. Describe the roles, rights, and responsibilities of being a member of the family and school
a. Describe the roles, rights, and responsibilities of family members
b. Describe the roles of members of the school, such as principal, crossing guard, bus drivers, and teachers
c. Identify and describe rights, and responsibilities in the classroom and family


MSDE has developed a toolkit for these standards which can be found online at:


Date: 1/27/2015