AISD Elementary Social Studies Courses

  • Kindergarten

    In Kindergarten, the study of the self, home, family, and classroom establishes the foundation for responsible citizenship in society.

    Students explore state and national heritage by examining the celebration of patriotic holidays and the contributions of individuals.

    The concept of chronology is introduced.

    Students apply geographic concepts of location and physical and human characteristics of place.

    Students identify basic human needs and ways people meet these needs.

    Students learn the purpose of rules and the role of authority figures in the home and school.

    Students learn customs, symbols, and celebrations that represent American beliefs and principles and contribute to our national identity. Students compare family customs and traditions and describe examples of technology in the home and school.

    Students acquire information from a variety of oral and visual sources. Students practice problem-solving, decision-making, and independent-thinking skills.


    1st Grade

    In Grade 1, students study their relationship to the classroom, school, and community to establish the foundation for responsible citizenship in society.

    Students develop concepts of time and chronology by distinguishing among past, present, and future events.

    Students identify anthems and mottoes of the United States and Texas.

    Students create simple maps to identify the location of places in the classroom, school, and community.

    Students explore the concepts of goods and services and the value of work. Students identify individuals who exhibit good citizenship.

    Students describe the importance of family customs and traditions and identify how technology has changed family life. Students sequence and categorize information.

    Students practice problem-solving, decision-making, and independent-thinking skills.


    2nd Grade

    In Grade 2, students focus on a study of their local community by examining the impact of significant individuals and events on the history of the community as well as on the state and nation.

    Students begin to develop the concepts of time and chronology.

    The relationship between the physical environment and human activities is introduced as are the concepts of consumers and producers.

    Students identify functions of government as well as services provided by the local government.

    Students continue to acquire knowledge of customs, symbols, and celebrations that represent American beliefs and principles.

    Students identify the significance of works of art in the local community and explain how technological innovations have changed transportation and communication. Students communicate what they have learned in written, oral, and visual forms.


    3rd Grade

    In Grade 3, students learn how diverse individuals have changed their communities and world.

    Students study the effects inspiring heroes have had on communities, past and present. Students learn about the lives of heroic men and women who made important choices, overcame obstacles, sacrificed for the betterment of others, and embarked on journeys that resulted in new ideas, new inventions, new technologies, and new communities.

    Students expand their knowledge through the identification and study of people who made a difference, influenced public policy and decision making, and participated in resolving issues that are important to all people.

    Throughout Grade 3, students develop an understanding of the economic, cultural, and scientific contributions made by individuals.


    4th Grade

    In Grade 4, students examine the history of Texas from the early beginnings to the present within the context of influences of North America.

    Historical content focuses on Texas history, including the Texas Revolution, establishment of the Republic of Texas, and subsequent annexation to the United States.

    Students discuss important issues, events, and individuals of the 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries.

    Students conduct a thorough study of regions in Texas and North America resulting from human activity and from physical features. The location, distribution, and patterns of economic activities and settlement in Texas further enhance the concept of regions.

    Students describe how early American Indians in Texas and North America met their basic economic needs. Students identify motivations for European exploration and colonization and reasons for the establishment of Spanish settlements and missions.

    Students explain how American Indians governed themselves and identify characteristics of Spanish colonial and Mexican governments in Texas.

    Students recite and explain the meaning of the Pledge to the Texas Flag.

    Students identify the contributions of people of various racial, ethnic, and religious groups to Texas and describe the impact of science and technology on life in the state.

    Students use critical-thinking skills to identify cause-and-effect relationships, compare and contrast, and make generalizations and predictions.


    5th Grade


    In Grade 5, students survey the history of the United States from 1565 to the present.

    Historical content includes the colonial period, the American Revolution, the establishment of the U.S. Constitution and American identity, westward expansion, the Civil War and Reconstruction, immigration and industrialization, and the 20th and 21st centuries.

    Students study a variety of regions in the United States that result from physical features and human activity and identify how people adapt to and modify the environment.

    Students explain the characteristics and benefits of the free enterprise system and describe economic activities in the United States.

    Students identify the roots of representative government in this nation as well as the important ideas in the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution.

    Students study the fundamental rights guaranteed in the Bill of Rights.

    Students examine the importance of effective leadership in a constitutional republic and identify important leaders in the national government.

    Students recite and explain the meaning of the Pledge of Allegiance to the United States Flag.

    Students describe the cultural impact of various racial, ethnic, and religious groups in the nation and identify the accomplishments of notable individuals in the fields of science and technology.

    Students explain symbols, traditions, and landmarks that represent American beliefs and principles.

    Students use critical-thinking skills to sequence, categorize, and summarize information and to draw inferences and conclusions.


    *Curriculum standards from the TEA curriculum website.

    For more information about the state standards for elementary Social Studies, visit the TEA website here.