State Standards - Social Studies

Grade PK
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. Recognize that a globe and maps are used to help people locate places
a. Recognize that maps are models of places
b. Recognize that a globe is a model of Earth
c. Make maps by drawing, building with blocks, and playing with clay, puzzles, pictures, and photographs
B. Geographic Characteristics of Places and Regions
1. Recognize that places in the immediate environment have specific physical and human-made features
a. Discuss that places have natural/physical features such as mountains, rivers, and hills
b. Discuss that places have human-made features, such as streets, buildings, and parks
C. Movement of People, Goods and Ideas
1. Identify the role of transportation in the community
a. Recognize transportation as a means of traveling from place to place
b. Identify ways in which people travel to various places in the community, such as bus, car, and bicycle
D. Modifying and Adapting to the Environment
1. Describe how people adapt to their immediate environment
a. Identify ways people adapt to the environment, such as wearing clothing that is appropriate to the weather


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


Date: 1/27/2015