South Dakota Educational Content Standards
The following list was selected from the South Dakota Content
Standards for Kindergarten. These specific standards can be met through
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
The student will:
- use pictures, illustrations, and personal knowledge to make
and confirm predictions about
- connect information found in stories to personal experience.
- identify and describe characters, settings, and key events.
- describe how books, stories, and poems reflect things people do.
- retell or restate what has been heard or seen.
- create illustrations which represent information.
- follow various one and two step directions.
- take turns in conversations and group situations.
- use appropriate volume and tone of voice when responding to others.
- recognize and respond to non-verbal signals.
- identify various sources of factual information.
- ask appropriate questions.
- restate what others say to demonstrate recall.
- retell an experience in logical sequence.
- participate in choral speaking and recite short poems, rhymes, songs,
and stories with
- use words to describe and name numbers, colors, size, shape, location,
people, places, things,
- recognize and use correct grammar when speaking.
- use complete sentences when speaking.
- recognize that body movements and facial expressions represent
- identify ways the speaker can help others see and hear a presentation.
- describe examples of past events in legends and historical accounts.
- recognize characteristics of American leaders through exposure to
biographies of important
people of our past.
- connect people and events honored in commemorative holidays.
- compare and contrast the relative size and location of people, places,
and things by
identifying here/there, near/far, up/down, left/right, and behind/in
- recognize the important actions required in demonstrating citizenship:
respecting roles of
members and leaders in a group; sharing responsibilities in a group;
identifying ways to help
others; respecting the individual right to express an opinion; and
acknowledge that people
think and act differently.
- match occupations with simple descriptions of work.
- observe and ask questions about the world around them.
- show an interest in and willingness to investigate unfamiliar object
- use non-standard units of measurement to compare objects.
- use sensory descriptors in terms of physical objects.
- find similarities and differences of various objects.
- explore vibration and sound.
- recognize technology in school, home, and community.
- describe ways technology makes life easier for people.
- compare collections of objects to determine more, less, and equal.
- use informal methods to solve everyday problems.
- identify and draw plane geometric figures.
- identify and describe solid figures.
- identify and describe geometric objects in the environment and
describe their position.
- explore and compare orientation in time.
- explore length, weight, and volume of objects using standard and
- order a group of objects by measurable attributes.
- compare objects or events using direct comparison according to a given
- count and group numbers, objects, and simple events.
- identify ordinal positions of objects in a set.
- use relationship vocabulary to describe value and magnitude of
- sort and classify objects according to similar attributes.
- identify common attributes found in different groupings.
Please direct any questions to Dr.
Deborah Check Reeves, Curator of
Education at 605-677-5306 or e-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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