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South Dakota Educational Content Standards

First Grade

The following list was selected from the South Dakota Content Standards for First Grade. These specific standards can be met through the tours offered at the National Music Museum (not every standard is met in every tour offered). This information can be used to assist teachers in selecting appropriate tours and to enable teachers to request specific standards they would like to see met during a visit to the Museum. It can also be used to justify the field trip and the cost of transportation.

The student will:
  1. understand the relationship between spoken and written work.
  2. recognize that different versions of the same story may be told in various cultures.
  3. use descriptive words and a variety of sentence types when writing about people, places, things, and events.
  4. write brief narratives describing personal experiences.
  5. generate personal and formal letters, thank you notes, and invitations.
  6. follow two and three step oral directions.
  7. recognize and demonstrate the importance of focusing on the speaker when listening.
  8. use appropriate volume and tone of voice when interacting with others.
  9. summarize what others say with courtesy and respect.
  10. describe what makes various audio or visual presentations appealing.
  11. ask appropriate questions to clarify information.
  12. restate information in a sequence similar to how it was presented.
  13. tell/retell stories in a logical order or sequence.
  14. participate in a variety of oral language activities.
  15. use appropriate voice when asking and responding to questions in small-group settings.
  16. express ideas in complete and coherent sentences.
  17. follow simple rules for conversation.
  18. use facial expressions as a means of non-verbal communication.
  19. recognize the speaker's role in assisting others to see and hear a presentation.
  20. identify through biographies and stories the admirable deeds performed by past leaders.
  21. compare the lives of people and events associated with major holidays.
  22. recall people and events from the past and make inferences about everyday life of the time period.
  23. compare everyday life in school and community and recognize that people, places, and things change over time.
  24. recognize attributes and consequences of citizenship that apply to family, school, and community units, such as respecting roles of authority, following rules created for the protection of all, and accepting the consequences of rules.
  25. acknowledge patriotic connections by explaining the design of the flag, understanding the importance of the eagle symbol, reciting the Pledge of Allegiance, and identifying the Lincoln Memorial and Washington Monument.
  26. recognize that people contribute to scientific knowledge.
  27. ask questions and explore the world around them.
  28. use investigations in science to produce knowledge.
  29. use scientific thinking skills.
  30. compare relative mass of objects.
  31. associate sounds with vibrating objects.
  32. investigate and understand how natural resources are limited.
  33. use concepts of equal to, greater than, and less than to compare numbers and sets.
  34. describe problem situations that require addition.
  35. describe problem situations that require subtraction.
  36. identify and describe solid figures including cubes, cylinders, pyramids, and spheres.
  37. describe proximity of objects in space.
  38. explore concepts of perspective.
  39. use specific units of measure to explore length, weight, volume, and temperature.
  40. compare and order a group of objects by measurable attributes.
  41. identify ordinal positions using an ordered set of objects.
  42. select the appropriate operation to solve specific problems involving whole numbers.
  43. sort and classify objects according to one or more attributes.
  44. identify like and unlike attributes of objects in a given group.
  45. describe represented data in terms of most often, least often, and range.

Please direct any questions to Dr. Deborah Check Reeves, Curator of Education at 605-677-5306 or e-mail her at

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