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Alabama: 1st-Grade Standards

AL.1 Standard: Living and Working Together in Communities and State

The goal of the first-grade curriculum is to help students acquire knowledge regarding their place in the local community and in the state. First graders gain a deeper sense of the role of effective citizenry in a democratic society as they develop an awareness of their basic rights and responsibilities as citizens, including the laws designed to protect them.


  • 1.1.1 Students will:

    Construct daily schedules, calendars, and timelines. (Geography, History).

  • 1.1.2 Students will practice:

    Using vocabulary associated with time, including past, present, and future.


  • 1.2.1 Students will:

    Identify rights and responsibilities of citizens within the local community and state. (Economics, Civics and Government).

  • 1.2.2 Students will practice:

    • Describing how rules in the community and laws in the state protect citizens’ rights and property.
    • Describing ways, including paying taxes, responsible citizens contribute to the common good of the community and state
    • Demonstrating voting as a way of making choices and decisions


  • 1.3.1 Students will:

    Recognize leaders and their roles in the local community and state. (Civics and Government).

  • 1.3.2 Students will practice:

    • Describing roles of public officials, including mayor and governor.
    • Identifying on a map Montgomery as the capital of the state of Alabama.


  • 1.4. Students will:

    Identify contributions of diverse significant figures that influenced the local community and state in the past and present (History).

    • Grade Level Example:

      Admiral Raphael Semmes’ and Emma Sansom’s roles during the Civil War.


  • 1.5.1 Students will:

    Identify historical events and celebrations within the local community and throughout Alabama. (History, Geography).

    • Grade Level Example:

      Selma Bridge Crossing Jubilee, Mardi Gras, Boll Weevil Festival, Montgomery Bus Boycott, Black History Month

  • 1.5.2 Students will practice:

    Differentiating between fact and opinion when sharing stories or retelling events using primary and secondary sources.

    • Grade Level Example:

      fictional version of Pocahontas compared to an authentic historical account


  • 1.6.1 Students will:

    Compare ways individuals and groups in the local community and state lived in the past to how they live today. (History, Civics and Government).

  • 1.6.2 Students will practice:

    • Identifying past and present forms of communication
      • Grade Level Example:

        past—letter, radio, rotary-dial telephone
        present—e-mail, television, cellular telephone

    • Identifying past and present types of apparel
    • Identifying past and present types of technology
      • Grade Level Example:

        past—record player, typewriter, wood-burning stove
        present—compact diskette (CD) and digital video diskette (DVD) players, video cassette recorder (VCR), computer, microwave oven

    • Identifying past and present types of recreation
      • Grade Level Example:

        past—marbles, hopscotch, jump rope
        present—video games, computer games

    • Identifying past and present primary sources
      • Grade Level Example:

        past—letters, newspapers
        present—e-mail, Internet articles


  • 1.7. Students will:

    Descrive how occupational and recreational opportunities in the local community and state are affected by the physical environment. (Economics, Geography).

    • Grade Level Example:

      Occupational—commercial fishing and tourism in Gulf coast areas
      Recreational—camping and hiking in mountain areas, fishing and waterskiing in lake areas


  • 1.8.1 Students will:

    Identify land masses, bodies of water, and other physical features on maps and globes. (Geography).

  • 1.8.2 Students will practice:

    • Explaining the use of cardinal directions and the compass rose
    • Measuring distance using nonstandard units
      • Grade Level Example:

        measuring with pencils, stings, hands, feet

    • Using vocabulary associated with geographical features, including rivers, lakes, oceans, and mountains


  • 1.9.1 Students will:

    Differentiate between natural resources and human-made products. (Economics, Geography).

  • 1.9.2 Students will practice:

    Listing ways to protect our natural resources

    • Grade Level Example:

      conserving forests by recycling newspapers, conserving energy by turning off lights, promoting protection of resources by participating in activities such as Earth Day and Arbor Day


  • 1.10.1 Students will:

    Describe the role of money in everyday life (Economics).

  • 1.10.2 Students will practice:

    • Categorizing purchases families make as needs or wants
    • Explaining the concepts of saving and borrowing
    • Identifying differences between buyers and sellers
    • Classifying specialized jobs of workers with regard to the production of goods and services
    • Using vocabulary associated with the function of money, including barter, trade, spend, and save


  • 1.11. Students will:

    Identify traditions and contributions of various cultures in the local community and state (Geography, History).

    • Grade Level Example:

      Kwanzaa, Christmas, Hanukkah, Fourth of July, Cinco de Mayo


  • 1.12. Students will:

    Compare common and unique characteristics in societal groups, including age, religious beliefs, ethnicity, persons with disabilities, and equality between genders (History).