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Grade 1 - 2
Grade 1: True Stories and Folk Tales from America and from Around the World
United States Leaders, Symbols, Events, and Holidays
1.1 On a map of the United States locate Washington, D.C. and identify it as the capitol of the United States of America; locate Boston and identify it as the capitol of Massachusetts. (G)
1.2 Identify the current President of the United States, describe what presidents do, and explain that they get their authority from a vote by the people. (H, C)
1.3 Identify and explain the meaning of American national symbols. (H, C).
A. the American flag
B. the bald eagle
C. the White House
D. the Statue of Liberty
1.4 Demonstrate the ability to recite the Pledge of Allegiance, to explain its general meaning, and to sing national songs such as America the Beautiful, My Country, 'tis of Thee, God Bless America, and The Star Spangled Banner and explain the general meaning of the lyrics. (H, C)
1.5 Give reasons for celebrating the events or people commemorated in national and Massachusetts holidays. On a calendar for the current year, identify the months for Labor Day, Columbus Day, Veterans' Day, Thanksgiving, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Presidents' Day, Patriots' Day, Memorial Day, Flag Day, and Independence Day. (H, C, G)
1.6 Give reasons for noting the days that mark the change in seasons. (G)
Individuals, Families, and Communities Now and Long Ago
1.7 After reading or listening to folktales, legends, and stories from America (e.g., Johnny Appleseed, Paul Bunyan, Davy Crockett, John Henry, and Annie Oakley) and from around the world (e.g., Anansi, Issun Boshi, the Knee-High Man, Lon Po Po, and Medioa Pollito), describe the main characters and their qualities. (H)
1.8 After reading or listening to stories about famous Americans of different ethnic groups, faiths, and historical periods (e.g., Neil Armstrong, Cesar Chavez, Roberto Clemente, Thomas Edison, Bill Gates, Daniel Inouye, Thurgood Marshall, Rosa Parks, Colin Powell, Sacagewea, Jonas Salk, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Clarence Thomas, Booker T. Washington, and the Wright Brothers) describe their qualities or distinctive traits. (H, C)
1.9 Explain that Americans have a variety of different religious, community, and family celebrations and customs, and describe celebrations or customs held by members of the class and their families. (H)
Grade 2: E Pluribus Unum: From Many, One
2.1 On a map of the world, locate all the continents: North America, South America, Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia, and Antarctica. (G)
2.2 Locate the current boundaries of the United States, Canada, and Mexico. (G)
2.3 Locate the oceans of the world: the Arctic, Atlantic, Indian, Pacific, and Southern Oceans. (G)
2.4 Locate five major rivers in the world: the Mississippi, Amazon, Volga, Yangtze, and Nile. (G)
2.5 Locate major mountains or mountain ranges in the world such as the Andes, Alps, Himalayas, Mt. Everest, Mt. McKinley, and the Rocky Mountains. (G)
2.6 Explain the difference between a continent and a country and give examples of each. (G)
2.7 On a map of the world, locate the continent, region, and/or the countries from which students, their parents, guardians, grandparents, or other relatives or ancestors came. With the help of family members and the school librarian, describe traditional food, customs, sports and games, and music of the place they came from. (G, C)
2.8 With the help of the school librarian, give examples of traditions or customs from other countries that can be found in America today. (G, C)
2.9 With the help of the school librarian, identify and describe well-known sites, events, or landwards in at least three different countries from which students' families come and explain why they are important. (H, G, C)
2.10 After reading or listening to a variety of true stories about individuals recognized for their achievements, describe and compare different ways people have achieved great distinction (e.g. scientific, professional, political, religious, commercial, military, athletic, or artistic). (H)
Image IDs from left to right:
US Capitol Building
, from Wikimedia Commons, "USCapitolindaylight".
President Obama's Inaugural Address
, from Youtube user CSPAN, "President Barack Obama 2009 Inauguration and Address".
from Wikimedia Commons, "Bald Eagle, Kodiak, Alaska Ret.
Statue of Liberty
, from Wikimedia Commons, "Statue-de-la-liberte-new-york".
, from Wikipedia, "WhiteHouseSouthFacade".
, from Wikimedia Commons, "Paul Bunyan and Babe statues Bemidji Minnesota crop".
, from Wikimedia Commons, "Portrait of Davy Crockett 1834".
, from Wikimedia Commons, "Miss-Annie-Oakley-peerless-wing-shot".
Map of the world
, from the University of Texas at Austin's Perry-Castaneda Library Map Collection, "Physical Map of the World".
, from Wikimedia Commons, "Poplar Street Bridge KM".
, from Wikimedia Commons, "Amazonas - Encontre das Aguas".
, from Wikimedia Commons, "Rocky Mountains.aerial view.no snow".
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