South Dakota State Standards for Social Studies

Instructor: Shelby Golden
Build your understanding of the social studies standards used by South Dakota with this article. Get information about what students will learn at different grade levels and find out about available study resources.

South Dakota Social Studies Standards

The state of South Dakota divides social studies standards into four bands:

  • History
  • Civics and government
  • Geography
  • Economics

Students will study each of these areas in every grade.

South Dakota Elementary School Social Studies Standards

Students in elementary school can check out this social studies for kids course as they go through these grades:


In kindergarten, students will learn to understand chronological time and different celebrations. They'll study the flag, classroom rules, maps and globes, positional words and the ways that wants and needs are different.

1st Grade

1st graders will focus on how people learn about past events, the symbols associated with the U.S. and important community services. They'll also use geographic models and learn about the bodies of water and landmasses on the Earth. How people make money will be considered.

2nd Grade

Students will focus on holidays, political roles, local laws and local government services. They'll discuss the characteristics of their community and consider how people should treat the environment. Kids will learn about local goods and services.

3rd Grade

In 3rd grade, kids will be able to study the challenges early settlers faced, important historical figures in the U.S. and historical sources. Additionally, they'll focus on the symbols used in South Dakota, the Declaration of Independence and the structure of the local government. The responsibilities associated with citizenship and reasons people move will also be discussed, along with the connection between producers and resources.

4th Grade

Historical events associated with South Dakota, reservations, important people from South Dakota and the effects of conflict on South Dakota will be covered in this grade. Students will learn about the constitution of the state, features of South Dakota, taxes and how people make choices.

5th Grade

5th graders will learn how North America was affected by the rest of the world, Native American tribes, developments in Colonial America and the American Revolution. The republic nature of the United States, the Constitution, levels of government and volunteerism will be discussed. Furthermore, students will try to understand supply and demand, money and economic systems.

South Dakota Middle School Social Studies Standards

Try these courses in geography, world history and U.S. history(info) out with your students. The lessons in each course are presented in an engaging video format. Quizzes, worksheets and practice exams can help you identify how well your students are retaining information from key social studies topics taught in class.

6th Grade

In 6th grade, students will focus on global events and the development of human culture over time. They'll learn to judge historical sources. Additionally, students will study different kinds of governments and various economic systems.

7th Grade

Geography will be a primary focus in 7th grade. Cultural patterns, the natural landscape, population distribution and the relationship between humans and their environment will be studied. Students will have a chance to learn about the connection between technology and economic development as they study trade barriers and resources.

8th Grade

Class time will be spent on the battles and factors involved in the American Revolution, the War of 1812, the Mexican American War and the Civil War. Students will learn about the concept of Manifest Destiny and the philosophies that existed throughout ratification procedures. The impact of European governments on the U.S., the Bill of Rights, the Electoral College and Reconstruction will be studied.

South Dakota High School Social Studies Standards

High school standards for social studies are not broken down into grade levels. Students will be able to get the study help they need by checking out these online courses in geography, U.S. history, world history, economics and American government. You can also use these courses to prepare your own lessons.

Students will study the purpose of government, British history, the impact of religion on politics and limited and unlimited government. Students will learn about the Articles of Confederation, the Federalists and Anti-Federalists, checks and balances, how laws are made and judicial review. They'll consider American democracy, civic virtue, the steps for obtaining U.S. citizenship, political parties, civil disobedience, foreign policy and the international organizations that the U.S. participates in.

Students will also focus on mental maps, how regions are unique, Earth's physical systems and the impact of human migration. They'll spend time considering ways various cultures use natural resources and present day geographic issues.

While in high school, students will spend time learning about economic problems, market economies, market structures and the factors that influence supply and demand. They'll study price equilibrium, economic indicators, the banking structure of the U.S. and the Federal Reserve System. Different forms of government, mixed economies and international trade will be discussed.

Finally, high schoolers will get information about the Progressive Era, World Wars I and II and the Great Depression. They'll learn about industrialization and the Cold War. Patterns associated with different eras in history will be explored, along with the Scientific Revolution, the French Revolution and the Napoleonic Era.

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