Standard 1 History

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Grade Kindergarten

Standard 1---History

Students examine the connections of their own environment with the past, begin to distinguish between events and people of the past and the present, and use a sense of time in classroom planning and participation.

Historical Knowledge





Compare people, objects, and events of today and long ago.

Compare objects of the past and present, such as a butter churn and a mixer; compare clothing, houses, and transportation of the past with the present.

-Teacher observation
-Student participation


Identify celebrations and holidays as a way of remembering and honoring events and people in the past.

Identify Thanksgiving, Martin Luther King Day, Presidents’ Day, Memorial Day, and Veterans’ Day.

-Teacher observation
-Identify pictures
-Weekly Reader


Listen to and retell stories about people in the past who showed honesty, courage, and responsibility.

Listen or tell stories about George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, and Harriet Tubman.

-Weekly Reader
-Teacher observation

Chronological Thinking


Identify and order events that take place in a sequence.

Identify events in the school day as first, next, last. List the day’s classroom activities in order. Place events, such as birthdays in order. Use a calendar to identify national holidays and historical events.

-Teacher observation
-Calendar activities

Standard 2---Civics and Government

Students learn that they are citizens of their school, community, and country; identify symbols of the state and nation; understand examples of responsible citizenship; follow school rules; and know why rules are needed for order and safety.

Foundations of Government





Identify and describe the roles and responsibilities of school personnel.

Tour the school. Visit principal’s office, library, clinic, and cafeteria.
Ask a custodian to visit the classroom.
Read stories about school that include school personnel.

-Teacher observation

-Experience charts

-Pictures, writing,

-Class discussion

-Work sheets

Functions of Government


Give examples of rules in the classroom and school and provide reasons for the specific rules.

-Discuss rules.

-As a group, make rules.

-Discuss Constitution Day lesson

-Read and discuss stories about rules

-Invite special visitors from the community such as law officers.

-Teacher observation
-Class discussion
-Work sheets


Identify symbols and traditions associated with being citizens of Indiana and the United States.

-Weekly Reader

-Pledge to the flag

-Locate flags in and around school.

-Read books about flags and symbols

-Observe special government holidays

that relate to the topic.

-Color worksheets.

-Teacher observation

-Follow-up page on the back of

Weekly Reader

-Group discussion


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