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Elementary School | Social Studies | Sociology

Understand social systems, with an emphasis on the United States. A study of social systems has two important aspects that help people understand their roles as individuals and members of society. The first aspect is culture consisting of the language, literature, arts and traditions of various groups of people. Students should understand common characteristics of different cultures and explain how cultural contributions shape societies over time. The second aspect is the interaction among individuals, groups and institutions. Students should know how and why groups and institutions are formed, what roles they play in society, and how individuals and groups interact with and influence institutions.

Learning Objectives Grades K-2

Compare characteristics of culture as reflected in language, literature, the arts, traditions and institutions:

  • Identify folklore from different cultures which became part of the heritage of the United States.

Understand the roles and interactions of individuals and groups in society:

  • Compare the roles of individuals in group situations (e.g., student, committee member, employee/employer).
  • Identify major social institutions in the community.

Understand how social systems form and develop over time:

  • Describe how individuals interacted within groups to make choices regarding food, clothing and shelter.

Learning Objectives Grades 3-5

Compare characteristics of culture as reflected in language, literature, the arts, traditions and institutions:

  • Explain ways in which language, stories, folk tales, music, media and artistic creations serve as expressions of culture.

Understand the roles and interactions of individuals and groups in society:

  • Describe interactions of individuals, groups and institutions in situations drawn from the local community (e.g., local response to state and national reforms).
  • Describe the ways in which institutions meet the needs of society.

Understand how social systems form and develop over time:

  • Describe how changes in production (e.g., hunting and gathering, agricultural, industrial) and population caused changes in social systems.

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