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IMA Hero Web Site, Activity Books, and
Lesson Plans Comply with the Following History-Social
Science Content Standards for California Public
1 | Grade
2 | Grade
3 | Grade
and Working Now and Long Ago
examples of honesty, courage, determination,
individual responsibility, and patriotism in
American and world history from stories and
beliefs and related behaviors of characters
in stories from times past and understand the
consequences of the characters' actions.
recognize national and state symbols and icons
such as the national and state flags, the bald
eagle, and the Statue of Liberty.
the purposes of, and the people and events honored
in, commemorative holidays.
the triumphs in American legends and historical
how people lived in earlier times and how their
lives would be different today.
in Time and Space
the significance of our national holidays
and the heroism and achievements of the people
associated with them.
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.
Recognize similarities and differences of
earlier generations in such areas as work,
dress, manners, stories, games, and festivals,
drawing from biographies, oral histories,
Understand the ways in which American Indians
and immigrants have helped define Californian
and American Culture.
Who Make a Difference
Explain how the United States and other
countries make laws, carry out laws, determine
whether laws have been violated, and punish
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
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.
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
Understand the three branches of government,
with an emphasis on local government.
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.).
A Changing State
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).
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.
States History and Geography:
Making a New Nation
Students trace the routes
of early explorers and describe
the early explorations of
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,
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).
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.
Students explain the causes
of the American Revolution.
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).
Know the significance of the
first and second Continental
Congresses and of the committees
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.
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).
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).