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Minnesota State Social Studies Standards

Instructor: Shelby Golden
Reading this article will help you understand the social studies standards used by the state of Minnesota. Find out how these standards are arranged and learn about the topics they cover.

Social Studies Standards in Minnesota

The state of Minnesota has divided social studies standards into four key areas:

  • Citizenship and government
  • Economics
  • History
  • Geography

The way these standards are covered varies slightly in different grades.

Elementary School

The standards for kindergarten through 3rd grade provide students with a broad overview of each disciplinary area of social studies covered in Minnesota. Students will also learn key disciplinary skills in these grades. This will lay the foundation for more in-depth discovery as students progress to higher grades.

Students in 4th and 5th grade will focus on a particular topic in each grade while still spending some time on additional concepts from the other social studies disciplines. Fourth graders will study the geography of North America while fifth graders will study the history of North America until 1800.

Use this social studies for kids course to create some fun and interesting lessons for your students. You can also have your students use this resource to supplement what's being learned in class.

Middle School

As with the latter elementary grades, middle school standards follow the trend of focusing on a specific topic at each grade level while also integrating other topics. The disciplinary focus for each grade is:

  • 6th Grade - Minnesota
  • 7th Grade - The United States from 1800 onward
  • 8th Grade - Global events

Middle schoolers can access these online courses in geography, U.S. history and world history to get extra help understanding these topics.

High School

High school standards cover the following subjects:

  • Citizenship and government
  • Economics
  • Geography
  • U.S. History
  • World History

These online courses can help students successfully build their knowledge of American government, economics, geography, U.S. history and world history. High schoolers can use the online quizzes and exams, as well as the printable worksheets to see how well they can remember key concepts in social studies.

Citizenship and Government Standards in Minnesota

Over the course of their schooling, students will learn about the importance of civic skills. They'll discover what helped the U.S. develop its civic identity as well as the democratic values of the country. Additionally, they'll consider individual rights associated with citizenship. The 3 levels of government, the purpose of laws and the factors that influence public policy will also be discussed. Students will learn why fair elections are important, in addition to focusing on how the U.S. relates to other nations and international institutions.

Economics Standards in Minnesota

While studying economics, students will learn how to make sound economic choices. They'll consider financial goals and the effects of scarcity. Three major economic issues will be discussed, along with the ways that buyers and sellers interact. Profits, different markets and market failures will be covered. Students will explore economic performance, economic fluctuations, the government's fiscal policies and factors involved in international trade.

Geography Standards in Minnesota

Students will study geographic inquiry and geospatial technologies. They'll focus on the human and physical characteristics of locations, as well as how individuals develop regions. The migration of humanity and the growth of settlements will be discussed. Ways that humans are affected by the environment and the location of resources will also be studied.

History Standards in Minnesota

World History

Throughout their schooling, students will work to understand the importance of historical inquiry and chronological narratives. Students will consider the causes of historical events and how cultures have interacted with each other. The beginning of agriculture and the domestication of animals will be addressed. Furthermore, students will learn about the spread of communication and trade systems. Hemispheric networks, multi-ethnic empires and the Columbian Exchange will be covered. Students will learn about industrialization, the World Wars and globalization.

U.S. History

While studying U.S. history, students will learn about the indigenous peoples of North America. They'll consider the factors that led to European exploration and the American Revolution. The growth of the United States through expansion and conflict will be discussed. Students will focus on the Civil War, Reconstruction and the urbanization of the U.S. Additionally, they'll study the Great Depression, the effect of WWII on the U.S. and the Cold War. Current struggles in the U.S. will be addressed.

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