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Utah: Kindergarten Standards

Core Standards of the Course

  • Standard 1

    (Culture): Students will recognize and describe how individuals and families are both similar and different.

    • Objective 1

      Identify how individuals are similar and different.

      • a. Describe and compare characteristics of self and others (e.g., differences in gender, height, language, beliefs, and color of skin, eyes, hair).
      • b. Explain how people change over time (e.g., self, others).
      • c. Demonstrate respect for each individual.
      • d. Explain the elements of culture, including language, dress, food, shelter, and stories.
    • Objective 2

      Recognize and describe how families have both similar and different characteristics.

      • a. Identify family members (i.e., immediate and extended).
      • b. Explain family rules and routines.
      • c. Describe family members' duties and responsibilities within the family.
      • d. Share how families celebrate occasions such as birthdays and holidays.
      • e. Explain how families change over time (i.e., past, present, future).
      • f. Describe ways that families provide love, care, food, shelter, clothing, companionship, and protection.

    Social Studies Vocabulary Students Should Know and Use: compare, rules, routine, similar, different, respect, culture, shelter, change, duty, past, present, future, celebrate, family.

  • Standard 2

    (Citizenship): Students will recognize their roles and responsibilities of being a good citizen.

    • Objective 1

      Demonstrate appropriate ways to behave in different settings.

      • a. Explain why families and classrooms have rules (e.g., examples of rules and consequences).
      • b. Demonstrate positive relationships through play and friendship.
      • c. Identify examples of individual honesty and responsibility.
      • d. Identify examples of honesty, responsibility, patriotism, and courage from history, literature, and folklore, as well as from everyday life (e.g., heroes of diverse cultures).
      • e. Demonstrate respect for others, leaders, and the environment.
    • Objective 2

      Identify and demonstrate safe practices in the home and classroom.

      • a. Recite name, address, and telephone number.
      • b. Follow safety procedures for school emergencies (e.g., fire drill, earthquake, intruder).
      • c. Recognize and explain common traffic symbols.
      • d. Identify school personnel to whom students can go to for help or safety.
      • e. Identify and articulate the purpose and role of authority figures (e.g., parents, secretary, principal, teacher, librarian, police officers, firefighters, tribal leaders).
    • Objective 3

      Investigate and explain how symbols and songs unite families and classmates.

      • a. Identify school systems and traditions (e.g., mascot, song, events).
      • b. Recognize state and national symbols (e.g., state and national flags, bald eagle, seagull, Statue of Liberty).
      • c. Learn and sing state and U.S. patriotic songs.
      • d. Identify the people and events honored in Utah and U.S. commemorative holidays.
      • e. Know the words and meaning of the Pledge of Allegiance.
      • f. Identify the rules and etiquette of citizenship (e.g., stand for the flag, hand over heart).

    Social Studies Vocabulary Students Should Know and Use: family, consequence, responsibility, honesty, courage, respect, patriotism, leader, environment, safety, symbol, tradition, holiday, citizen, friend, hero, mascot, Pledge of Allegiance, tribal leaders.

  • Standard 3

    (Geography): Students will use geographic terms and tools.

    • Objective 1

      Identify geographic terms that describe their surroundings.

      • a. Locate objects in the classroom using the terms near/far, left/right, behind/in front, and up/down.
      • b. Identify and describe physical features (e.g., mountain/hill, lake/ocean, river, road/highway).
      • c. Make a simple map (e.g., home, home to school, classroom).
    • Objective 2

      Describe the purpose of a map or globe.

      • a. Identify maps and globes.
      • b. Distinguish between land and water on maps and globes.
      • c. Determine a location by using terms such as near/far, up/down, right/left.
      • d. Identify cardinal directions on a map.

    Social Studies Vocabulary Students Should Know and Use: near/far, left/right, behind/in front, up/down, hill, mountain, ocean, lake, river, road, highway, map, globe, north, south, east, west, land, water, home, school.

  • Standard 4

    (Financial Literacy): Students can explain how humans meet their needs in many ways.

    • Objective 1

      Recognize that people have basic needs (food, shelter, and clothing) and wants (toys, games, treats).

      • a. Identify the difference between basic wants and needs.
      • b. Explain that families have needs and wants.
      • c. Describe how basic human needs, such as food, shelter, and clothing, can be met.
    • Objective 2

      Explain that people have jobs and earn money to meet their needs.

      • a. Identify the jobs in the home and in the school.
      • b. Explain why people work (i.e., to earn money to buy the things that they need or want).
      • c. Describe different types of jobs that people do and the tools and equipment that they use.
      • d. Recognize various forms of United States coins and currency.

    Social Studies Vocabulary Students Should Know and Use: needs, wants, job, money, earn, tools, coins, currency, shelter.