New Jersey State Standards for Social Studies: Kindergarten

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NJ.6.1. Social Studies Skills: All students will utilize historical thinking, problem solving, and research skills to maximize their understanding of civics, history, geography, and economics.

6.1.A. Social Studies Skills

6.1.A.1. Explain the concepts of long ago and far away. 13
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6.1.A.2. Apply terms related to time including past, present, and future. 16
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6.1.A.3. Identify sources of information on local, national, and international events (e.g., books, newspaper, TV, radio, Internet). 7
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6.1.A.4. Retell events or stories with accuracy and appropriate sequencing. 7
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6.1.A.5. Develop simple timelines. 13
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NJ.6.2. Civics: All students will know, understand and appreciate the values and principles of American democracy and the rights, responsibilities, and roles of a citizen in the nation and the world.

6.2.A. Civic Life, Politics, and Government

6.2.A.1. Explain the need for rules, laws, and government. 23
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6.2.A.2. Give examples of authority and recognize problems that might arise from lack of effective authority. 17
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6.2.A.3. Describe how American citizens can participate in community and political life. 21
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6.2.A.4. Explain that justice means fairness to all. 18
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6.2.A.5. Explain that a responsibility means something you must or should do. 8
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6.2.A.6. Explore basic concepts of diversity, tolerance, fairness, and respect for others. 20
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6.2.B. American Values and Principles

6.2.B.1. Identify symbols of American values and beliefs such as the American Flag and the Statue of Liberty. 13
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6.2.C. The Constitution and American Democracy

6.2.C.1. Identify community and government leaders (e.g., mayor, town council, President of the United States). 7
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6.2.D. Citizenship

6.2.D.1. Identify examples of responsible citizenship in the school setting. 11
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6.2.D.2. Recognize real people and fictional characters who have demonstrated responsible leadership and citizenship and identify the characteristics that have made them good examples. 15
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6.2.E. International Education: Global Challenges, Cultures, and Connections

6.2.E.1. Explain that the United States is a diverse nation and one of many nations in the world. 9
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6.2.E.2. Identify traditions and celebrations of various cultures (e.g., Chinese New Year, Cinco de Mayo). 76
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6.2.E.3. Participate in activities such as dance, song, and games that represent various cultures. 19
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NJ.6.3. World History: All students will demonstrate knowledge of world history in order to understand life and events in the past and how they relate to the present and the future.

6.3.A. The Birth of Civilization to 1000 BCE

NJ.6.4. United States and New Jersey History: All students will demonstrate knowledge of United States and New Jersey history in order to understand life and events in the past and how they relate to the present and future.

6.4.A. Family and Community Life

6.4.A.1. Recognize change and continuity in their lives. 10
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6.4.A.2. Describe their family history through two generations. 53
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6.4.A.3. Compare family life today with long ago. 10
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6.4.A.4. Tell about their family heritage using stories, songs, and drawings. 9
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6.4.B. State and Nation

6.4.B.1. Recognize the names of major figures in American history, including George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Sacajawea, Harriet Tubman, Susan B. Anthony, and Martin Luther King Jr. 23
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6.4.B.2. Discuss the contributions of important women, African Americans, and Native Americans to United States and New Jersey history. 28
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6.4.B.3. Explain the historical significance of major national holidays (e.g. Independence Day, Labor Day) and American symbols. 51
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6.4.B.4. Relate why important national buildings, statues, and monuments are associated with our national history. 8
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NJ.6.5. Economics: All students will acquire an understanding of key economic principles.

6.5.A. Economic Literacy

6.5.A.1. Identify the basic goods and services a family needs for everyday life. 29
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6.5.A.2. Explain how the products individuals eat, wear, and use impact their health and safety and the environment. 3
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6.5.A.3. Identify various forms of currency (e.g., penny, nickel, quarter, dollar). 24
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6.5.A.4. Explain what it means to 'save' money. 10
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6.5.B. Economics and Society

6.5.B.1. Identify various jobs and explain how workers in these jobs receive income for their work. 49
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NJ.6.6. Geography: All students will apply knowledge of spatial relationships and other geographic skills to understand human behavior in relation to the physical and cultural environment.

6.6.A. The World in Spatial Terms

6.6.A.1. Explain the spatial concepts of location, distance and direction. 5
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6.6.A.2. Explain that the globe is a model of the earth and maps are representations of local and distant places. 15
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6.6.A.3. Demonstrate basic globe and map skills. 12
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6.6.B. Places and Regions

6.6.B.1. Describe the physical features of places and regions on a simple scale. 8
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6.6.B.2. Describe the physical and human characteristics of places. 40
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6.6.C. Physical Systems

6.6.C.1. Recognize that the relationship of the Earth to the sun affects weather conditions, climate, and seasons. 69
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6.6.D. Human Systems

6.6.D.1. Identify the types of transportation used to move goods and people. 75
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6.6.D.2. Identify the modes of communication used to transmit ideas. 19
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6.6.E. Environment and Society

6.6.E.1. Describe the role of resources such as air, land, water, and plants in everyday life. 22
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6.6.E.2. Describe the impact of weather on everyday life. 139
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6.6.E.3. Act on small-scale, personalized environmental issues such as littering and recycling, and explain why such actions are important. 31
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