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Kansas: Kindergarten Standards

  • KS.1. Standard: Civics-Government

    The student uses a working knowledge and understanding of governmental systems of Kansas and the United States and other nations with an emphasis on the United States Constitution, the necessity for the rule of law, the civic values of the American people, and the rights, privileges, and responsibilities of becoming active participants in our representative democracy.

    • 1.1. Benchmark:

      The student understands the rule of law as it applies to individuals; family; school; local, state and national governments.

      • 1.1.1. Indicator / Proficiency Level:

        (K) The student recognizes rules and why they exist (e.g., home, classroom, playground).

    • 1.2. Benchmark:

      The student understands the shared ideals and diversity of American society and political culture.

      • 1.2.1. Indicator / Proficiency Level:

        (K) The student recognizes appropriate ways to behave in the classroom.

      • 1.2.2 Indicator / Proficiency Level:

        (K) The student identifies the characteristics of a friend and/or helpful classmate.

    • 1.3. Benchmark:

      The student understands the rule of law as it applies to individuals; family; school; local, state and national governments.

      • 1.3.1. Indicator / Proficiency Level:

        (K) The student knows school authority figures and ways they establish order and provide safety in a school setting.

    • 1.4. Benchmark:

      The student identifies and examines the rights, privileges, and responsibilities in becoming an active civic participant.

      • 1.4.1. Indicator / Proficiency Level:

        (A) The student demonstrates good citizenship (e.g., sharing, listening, taking turns, and following rules).

    • 1.5. Benchmark:

      The student understands various systems of governments and how nations and international organizations interact.

      • 1.5.1. Indicator / Proficiency Level:

        (K) The student identifies leaders at home and school (e.g., parents, guardians, teachers, principal).

  • KS.2. Standard: Economics

    The student uses a working knowledge and understanding of major economic concepts, issues, and systems of the United States and other nations; and applies decision-making skills as a consumer, producer, saver, investor, and citizen of Kansas and the United States living in an interdependent world.

    • 2.1. Benchmark:

      The student understands how limited resources require choices.

      • 2.1.1. Indicator / Proficiency Level:

        (K) The student understands that a person cannot have everything he/she wants, so a choice has to be made (e.g., play video games or watch television; play on swings or play soccer).

      • 2.1.2 Indicator / Proficiency Level:

        (K) The student explains what he/she gives up when a choice is made.

    • 2.2. Benchmark:

      The student understands how the market economy works in the United States.

      • 2.2.1. Indicator / Proficiency Level:

        (K) The student understands the use of money to purchase goods and services.

    • 2.3. Benchmark:

      The student analyzes how different incentives, economic systems and their institutions, and local, national, and international interdependence affect people.

      • 2.3.1. Indicator / Proficiency Level:

        (K) The student discusses the benefits of saving money.

    • 2.4. Benchmark:

      The student analyzes the role of the government in the economy.

      • 2.4.1. Indicator / Proficiency Level:

        This benchmark will be taught at another grade level.

    • 2.5. Benchmark:

      The student makes effective decisions as a consumer, producer, saver, investor, and citizen.

      • 2.5.1. Indicator / Proficiency Level:

        (A) The student gives examples of types of jobs that he/she does within the family.

  • KS.3. Standard: Geography

    The student uses a working knowledge and understanding of the spatial organization of Earth's surface and relationships between peoples and places and physical and human environments in order to explain the interactions that occur in Kansas, the United States, and in our world.

    • 3.1. Benchmark: Geographic Tools and Location

      The student uses maps, graphic representations, tools, and technologies to locate, use, and present information about people, places, and environments.

      • 3.1.1. Indicator / Proficiency Level:

        (A) The student identifies and correctly uses terms related to location, direction, and distance (e.g., up/down, left/right, near/far, here/there).

      • 3.1.2. Indicator / Proficiency Level:

        (K) The student locates major geography features (e.g., Equator, North Pole, South Pole, his/her Hometown, Kansas).

    • 3.2. Benchmark: Places and Regions

      The student analyzes the human and physical features that give places and regions their distinctive character.

      • 3.2.1. Indicator / Proficiency Level:

        (K) The student describes characteristics of local surroundings (e.g., classroom, playground, neighborhood, city, school).

    • 3.3. Benchmark: Physical Systems

      The student understands Earth's physical systems and how physical processes shape Earth's surface.

      • 3.3.1. Indicator / Proficiency Level:

        (A) The student describes seasonal changes and how they affect an individual.

    • 3.4. Benchmark: Human Systems

      The student understands how economic, political, cultural, and social processes interact to shape patterns of human populations, interdependence, cooperation, and conflict.

      • 3.4.1. Indicator / Proficiency Level:

        This benchmark will be taught at another grade level.

    • 3.5. Benchmark: Human-Environment Interactions

      The student understands the effects of interactions between human and physical systems.

      • 3.5.1. Indicator / Proficiency Level:

        (K) The student identifies ways people can maintain or improve the quality of their environment.

  • KS.4. Standard: History (Kansas, United States, and World History)

    The student uses a working knowledge and understanding of significant individuals, groups, ideas, events, eras, and developments in the history of Kansas, the United States, and the world, utilizing essential analytical and research skills.

    • 4.1. Benchmark:

      The student understands the significance of important individuals and major developments in history.

      • 4.1.1. Indicator / Proficiency Level:

        (K) The student identifies and explains how tools and technology used in the home/school meet people's needs.

    • 4.2. Benchmark:

      The student understands the importance of the experiences of groups of people who have contributed to the richness of our heritage.

      • 4.2.1. Indicator / Proficiency Level:

        (K) The student explains how each individual has a personal history.

      • 4.2.2. Indicator / Proficiency Level:

        (A) The student compares and contrasts his/her own life with life in a city and/or a rural community.

    • 4.3. Benchmark:

      The student understands the significance of events, holidays, documents, and symbols that are important to Kansas, United States, and World history.

      • 4.3.1. Indicator / Proficiency Level:

        (K) The student identifies family customs and traditions and explains their importance.

      • 4.3.2. Indicator / Proficiency Level:

        (K) The student understands that Kansas is a state in the United States and the significance of Kansas Day as the celebration of the state's birthday.

      • 4.3.3. Indicator / Proficiency Level:

        (A) The student locates the state of Kansas using a map of the United States.

      • 4.3.4. Indicator / Proficiency Level:

        (K) The student recognizes important Kansas state symbols (e.g., state bird - meadowlark, state flower - sunflower, state animal-buffalo).

    • 4.4. Benchmark:

      The student engages in historical thinking skills.

      • 4.4.1. Indicator / Proficiency Level:

        (K) The student places events in sequential order.

      • 4.4.2. Indicator / Proficiency Level:

        (A) The student uses information to find main idea.

      • 4.4.3. Indicator / Proficiency Level:

        (K) The student scans historic photographs to gain information.

      • 4.4.4. Indicator / Proficiency Level:

        (A) The student asks questions, shares information, and discusses ideas about the past.

 
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