State Standards - Social Studies

Grade K
Standard 3.0 Geography: Students will use geographic concepts and processes to understand location and its relationship to human activities.
A. Using Geographic Tools
1. Identify and describe how a globe and maps can be used to help people locate places
a. Describe a globe as a model of Earth showing land and water
b. Describe how maps are models showing physical features and/or human features of places
c. Identify a location by using terms such as near-far, above-below, and here-there
d. Identify pictures and photographs that represent places on a map such as a playground and a fire station
B. Geographic Characteristics of Places and Regions
1. Describe places in the immediate environment using natural/physical and human-made features
a. Recognize physical features as landforms and bodies of water using photographs and pictures
b. Identify land forms, such as mountains and hills, and bodies of water, such as oceans, rivers, and streams
c. Using photographs and pictures, recognize human-made features as modifications people have made to the land
d. Identify human-made features, such as buildings, sidewalks, streets, and bridges
C. Movement of People, Goods and Ideas
1. Describe how transportation and communication link people and places
a. Identify ways that people travel on land, water, and air
b. Explain how transportation is used to move goods and people from place to place
c. Identify ways that people communicate messages
D. Modifying and Adapting to the Environment
1. Describe how people adapt to and modify their immediate environment
a. Identify ways people adapt to the environment, such as wearing clothing that is appropriate to the weather
b. Identify ways that people change their environment to meet their needs, such as planting crops or cutting forests


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


Date: 1/27/2015