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  First Grade Social Studies

First Grade Studies Weekly Treat each first-grader in your class to a glossy, full-color look at the educational standards you work hard to teach. Created for first grade, this weekly publication brings to life concepts such as rules, citizenship, state symbols and more. First Grade Studies Weekly was developed by our teacher/authors to be engaging for kids-yet meet state first grade social studies standards in an efficient teaching package. First Grade Studies Weekly is based on common learning objectives and standards for first grade social studies, and for your planning convenience, the covered standards are listed inside each issue. And it's a fact that First Grade Studies Weekly was state adopted in 2005 as a major classroom tool by the Florida State Department of Education.

Studies Weekly's first grade curriculum was originally developed for traditional in-the-classroom use, but can also be effectively used for home school applications. In addition to Studies Weekly's standards-based content, every weekly issue contains assessments and activities for kids. Students enjoy the back-page activities without even realizing they're being assessed on the weekly lesson! The magazines can be sent home with the student as a homework assignment, and they can mark and highlight right on the pages.

Studies Weekly offers extensive teacher resources to go along with the student editions. The teacher supplement that's included for each weekly first grade magazine contains guided reading strategies, discussion questions, word wall words, words to know, literature links, language arts connections, math connections, and ESE (Exceptional Student Education) strategies. There are also graphic organizers and best practices available in electronic format, which may be downloaded for classroom use.

First Grade Studies Weekly comes in 24 individual glossy 8.5" x 11" magazines shipped four times a school year (each delivery contains six individual weekly publications). Included with your classroom subscription of 10 or more is a poster-sized "Big" edition of each issue-perfect for use as a visual teaching aid.

See how the 1st Grade Studies Weekly curriculum can help in your classroom by looking through the scope and sequence below.

Week 1 - Welcome to School Students will learn about the American flag, the Pledge of Allegiance and the history of Labor Day. They will also discuss the importance of being kind to others.
Week 2 - Location and Distance Students will learn the locations of various places in the community and state. They will also learn terms to describe distance (e.g., feet, yards, meters, miles).
Week 3 - Rules and Responsibility  Students will discuss similarities and differences in rules and responsibilities at home and at school. They will also learn about responsibilities of authority figures at home and school.
Week 4 - Civic Values and Privacy  Students will understand some basic civic values (e.g., fair play, honesty, sportsmanship) and learn about respecting privacy.
Week 5 - Time  Students will understand broad categories of time (e.g., past, present and future) and will apply calendar time to events in their school and community.
Week 6 - History  Students will discuss what history is and how they can learn about history. They will also discuss family traditions and expand their knowledge of Columbus Day.
Week 7 - Transportation Technology Students will learn about the evolution of transportation technology and how it has changed the lives of people throughout history.
Week 8 - Basic Needs of Families  Students will discuss different kinds of families and learn about ways in which families from a variety of cultures, past and present, meet their basic needs.
Week 9 - The First Thanksgiving  Students will expand their knowledge of the history of this American holiday. They will discuss reasons the pilgrims came to America and what life was like for them in a new land.
Week 10 - Communication Students will learn some ways communication changed before printed text and how communication technology has changed the lives of people throughout history.
Week 11 - Children Around the World  Students will learn about the daily lives of children in selected countries. They will discuss the similarities and differences between their lives and the lives of other children.
Week 12 - Holiday Celebrations of Cultures and Countries  Students will learn about ways some holidays are celebrated in selected cultures from around the world. They will compare and contrast U.S. holiday celebrations to those in other countries.
Week 13 - Post-Renaissance Scientists and Inventors  Students will learn about the accomplishments of selected post-Renaissance scientists and inventors, including African American inventors, from around the world.
Week 14 - World Cultures Students will learn about art forms, folk tales and holidays from a variety of cultures, past and present. They will also learn about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and why he is honored on a commemorative holiday.
Week 15 - Maps  Students will learn about the parts and purposes of maps. They will also learn how physical environments in other places are similar to and different from their own.
Week 16 - Communities and Needs Students will learn about the types of shelter, food and clothing used by people in different communities.
Week 17 - Patriotism and Presidents  Students will expand their knowledge of presidents and other patriotic men and women in the United States prior to 1880 (e.g., George Washington, Betsy Ross, Crispus Attucks).
Week 18 - American Monuments  Students will expand their knowledge of important buildings, statues and monuments associated with American history (e.g., the Washington Monument, the FDR Memorial).
Week 19 - American Values, Principles and Beliefs  Students will expand their knowledge of how American symbols and patriotic activities reflect the shared values, principles and beliefs of Americans. They will also discuss how diversity and respect for others help make America a great place to live.
Week 20 - Elected Officials, Individual Rights and Responsibilities Students will learn about major elected officials (e.g., president, governor) and understand that there are sources of authority for those who make laws and rules.
Week 21 - Changes in Communities  Students will learn about some ways people modify their physical environment and the consequences of these changes. They will describe ways natural resources affect our daily lives.
Week 22 - Economics Students will identify capital resources and understand cost and benefit. They will also know the differences between consumers and producers and between goods and services.
Week 23 - Work, Families and Communities  Students will expand their knowledge of different types of work benefit families and communities. They will discuss how human resources are used to produce goods and services.
Week 24 - Money, Goods and Services Students will learn ways people exchange goods and services, including bartering and using money. They will also identify goods that come from other countries and discuss different ways to save money.

First Grade Studies Weekly covers up to 100% of First Grade Common Core Standards