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New Jersey Core Content Curriculum Standards

Social Studies

Acquire a basic understanding and appreciation of American traditions and values based on knowledge of history

6.1 A. Social Studies Skills

1. Explain the concepts of long ago and far away.

2. Apply terms related to time including past, present, and future.

5. Develop simple timelines.

6.2 A. Civic Life, Politics, and Government

6. Explore basic concepts of diversity, tolerance, fairness, and respect for others.

6.4 A. Family and Community Life

3. Compare family life today with long ago.

6.4 B. State and Nation

1. Recognize the names of major figures in American history, including George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Sacajawea, Harriet Tubman, Susan B. Anthony, and Martin Luther King Jr.

3. Explain the historical significance of major national holidays (e.g. Independence Day, Labor Day) and American symbols.

Language Arts

3.1 Reading

G. Comprehension Skills and Response to Text

1. Demonstrate ability to recall facts and details of text.

H. Inquiry and Research

1. Locate information using alphabetical order..

3.2 Writing

A. Writing as a Process

4. Use sentences to convey ideas in writing.

11. Participate with peers to comment on and react to each other’s writing.

13. Use computer writing applications during some parts of the writing process.

D. Writing Forms, Audiences, and Purposes

2. Generate ideas and write on topics in forms appropriate to science, social studies, or other subject areas.

3. Use writing as a tool for learning self-discovery and reflection.

4. Use reading and technology to support writing.

5. Write in a variety of simple genres to satisfy personal, academic, and social needs, such as letters, plays, procedures, biographies, or simple reports.

3.3 Speaking

A. Discussion

1. Elaborate on experiences and ideas.

2. Begin to stay focused on a topic of discussion.

small group.

3. Offer personal opinions related to topics of discussion.

4. Wait their turn to speak.

D. Oral Presentation

2. Begin to understand the importance of looking at a speaker.

3. Talk about an experience or work sample in front of a

3.4 Listening

A. Active Listening

1. Listen critically to identify main ideas and supporting details.

3. Listen and contribute to class discussions.

B. Listening Comprehension

1. Follow one- and two- step oral directions.

3.5 Viewing and Media Literacy

A. Constructing Meaning

1. Speculate about characters, events, and settings in books, film, and television.

2. Recognize that media messages are created for a specific purpose (e.g., to inform, entertain, persuade).

B. Visual and Verbal Messages

2. Use a simple rating scale to judge media products



8.1 Computer and Information Literacy

A. Basic Computer Tools and Skills

  • Keyboarding
  • Internet usage
  • Publications and presentations


B. Application of Productivity Tools

          Social Aspects

          Information Access and Research

8.2 Technology Education

A. Nature and Impact of Technology

M. Dunlea, NJCU, Using the Internet in Education, Dr. Zieger, Project 2