The kindergarten through grade 6 social studies program integrates the five New York State social studies learning standards at each grade level.
It also highlights particular standards that help define the content for each grade. For example, each grade level features content understandings
pertaining to the rights and responsibilities of citizenship, making and changing rules and laws, and the symbols of citizenship.
These understandings are derived from Standard 5, Civics, Citizenship, and Government. Each grade level also incorporates concepts and themes taken from Standards 3 (geography) and 4 (economics). Content understandings in every grade level address concepts such as places, location, scarcity, needs, and wants.
The elementary core curriculum also provides many opportunities for students to apply, extend, and refine their understanding of these concepts.