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History-Social Science

The IMA Hero™ Web Site, Activity Books, and Lesson Plans Comply with the Following History-Social Science Content Standards for California Public Schools*

Kindergarten | Grade 1 | Grade 2 | Grade 3 | Grade 4 | Grade 5


Learning and Working Now and Long Ago
K.1.2 Learn examples of honesty, courage, determination, individual responsibility, and patriotism in American and world history from stories and folklore.

K.1.3 Know beliefs and related behaviors of characters in stories from times past and understand the consequences of the characters' actions.

K.2 Students recognize national and state symbols and icons such as the national and state flags, the bald eagle, and the Statue of Liberty.

K.6.1 Identify the purposes of, and the people and events honored in, commemorative holidays.

K.6.2 Know the triumphs in American legends and historical accounts.

K.6.3 Understand how people lived in earlier times and how their lives would be different today.


Place in Time and Space
1.3.2 Understand the significance of our national holidays and the heroism and achievements of the people associated with them.

1.3.3 Identify American symbols, landmarks, and essential documents, such as the flag, bald eagle, Statue of Liberty, U.S. Constitution, and Declaration of Independence, and know the people and events associated with them.

1.4.3 Recognize similarities and differences of earlier generations in such areas as work, dress, manners, stories, games, and festivals, drawing from biographies, oral histories, and folklore.

1.5.2 Understand the ways in which American Indians and immigrants have helped define Californian and American Culture.


People Who Make a Difference
2.3.1 Explain how the United States and other countries make laws, carry out laws, determine whether laws have been violated, and punish wrongdoers.

2.5 Students understand the importance of individual action and character and explain how heroes from long ago and the recent past have made a difference in others' lives (e.g., from biographies of Abraham Lincoln…)


Continuity and Change
3.4.1 Determine the reasons for rules, laws, and the U.S. Constitution; the role of citizenship in the promotion of rules and laws; and the consequences for people who violate rules and laws.

3.4.3 Know the histories of important local and national landmarks, symbols, and essential documents that create a sense of community among citizens and exemplify cherished ideals (e.g., the U.S. flag, the bald eagle, the Statue of Liberty, the U.S. Constitution, the Declaration of Independence, the U.S. Capitol.)

3.4.4 Understand the three branches of government, with an emphasis on local government.

3.4.6 Describe the lives of American Heroes who took risks to secure our freedoms (e.g., Anne Hutchinson, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, Frederick Douglass, Harriet Tubman, Martin Luther King, Jr.).


California: A Changing State

4.5.1 Discuss what the U.S. Constitution is and why it is important (i.e., a written document that defines the structure and purpose of the U.S. government and describes the shared powers of federal, state, and local governments).

4.5.3 Describe the similarities (e.g., written documents, rule of law, consent of the governed, three separate branches) and differences (e.g., scope of Jurisdiction, limits on government powers, use of the military) among federal, state, and local governments.


United States History and Geography: Making a New Nation
5.2 Students trace the routes of early explorers and describe the early explorations of the Americas.

5.2.1 Describe the entrepreneurial characteristics of early explorers (e.g., Christopher Columbus, Francisco Vasquez de Coronado) and the technological developments that made sea exploration by latitude and longitude possible (e.g., compass, sextant, astrolabe, seaworthy ships, chronometers, gunpowder).

5.2.2 Explain the aims, obstacles, and accomplishments of the explorers, sponsors, and leaders of key European expeditions and the reasons Europeans chose to explore and colonize the world (e.g., the Spanish Reconquista, the Protestant Reformation, the Counter Reformation).

5.2.3 Trace the routes of the major land explorers of the United States, the distances traveled by explorers, and the Atlantic trade routes that linked Africa, the West Indies, the British colonies, and Europe.

5.5 Students explain the causes of the American Revolution.

5.5.1 Understand how political, religious, and economic ideas and interests brought about the Revolution (e.g., resistance to imperial policy, the Stamp Act, the Townshend Acts, taxes on tea, Coercive Acts).

5.5.2 Know the significance of the first and second Continental Congresses and of the committees of Correspondence.

5.5.3 Understand the people and events associated with the drafting and signing of the Declaration of Independence and the document's significance, including the key political concepts it embodies, the origins of those concepts, and its role in severing ties with Great Britain.

5.5.4 Describe the views, lives, and impact of key individuals during this period (e.g., King George III, Patrick Henry, Thomas Jefferson, George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, John Adams).

5.6.2 Describe the contributions of France and other nations and of individuals to the outcome of the revolution (e.g., Benjamin Franklin's negotiations with the French, the French navy, the Treaty of Paris, The Netherlands, Russia, the Marquis Marie Joseph de Lafayette, Tadeusz Kosciuszko, Baron Friedrich Wilhelm von Steuben).

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*The IMA Hero ™ Biographies, Timelines, Reading Program, Your Page, Activity Books, and Lesson Plans comply with the above outlined California Content Standards. For a complete list of the California Content Standards go to www.cde.ca.gov/board or call 916-657-5478.

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