Content Standards

Alphabet Gumbo Aligns with Louisiana Student Standards for Social Studies


Life in My Home, School, and Local Community

 Kindergarten students are introduced to the world beyond their family and home. Students will build upon experiences with their families, schools, communities, and parishes as they begin their study of the most fundamental principles and ideas of each of social studies’ core disciplines: history, civics, economics, and geography. 


K.4 Identify symbols, customs, famous individuals, and celebrations representative of our state and nation, including:

a.  Symbols: United States flag, bald eagle, Louisiana State flag, brown pelican

d.  State and nationally designated holidays: Inauguration Day, Mardi Gras

K.5 Identify examples of different cultures and traditions in Louisiana, including:

a.  Music: Cajun, jazz, zydeco

b.  Traditions: king cake, red beans and rice on Mondays

c.   Cuisine: jambalaya, gumbo, etouffee, bread pudding, meat pies, tamales



K.11 Explain how people can work together to make decisions.



K.13 Identify examples of goods and services. For example:

a.  Goods: food, toys, clothing

K.16 Identify jobs and industries within a school and community.



K.19 Identify basic landforms and bodies of water in a variety of visual representations, including mountains, hills, coasts, islands, lakes, and rivers.

K.20 Identify ways people interact with their environment, including:

b.  Using natural resources

c.   Modifying their environment to create shelter

K.21 Identify rural, suburban, and urban areas.

K.22 Explain how weather impacts daily life and choices.


Life in the Great State of Louisiana

The focus in grade 1 is helping students acquire knowledge regarding their place in the local community and in Louisiana. First graders will gain a deeper sense of their role as citizens in a democratic society as they develop an awareness of their basic rights and responsibilities, including the laws designed to protect them. Students will continue to develop a sense of time and place as they increase their understanding of the past, present, and future through the

study of Louisiana’s rich history and culture.



1.5 Compare life in Louisiana in the past to life today.

1.8 Identify examples of Louisiana's culture, including:

a.  State and nationally designated holidays: Inauguration Day, Mardi Gras

b.  Music: Cajun, jazz, zydeco

c.   Languages: French, Spanish, Native languages (e.g., Atakpan, Caddo, Choctaw)

d.  Architecture: St. Louis Cathedral, The Cabildo, State Capitol, Louisiana Superdome, Strand Theater, Sports Hall of Fame, The National WWII Museum

e.  Traditions: lagniappe, second line parades, king cake, red beans and rice on Mondays

f.        Cuisine: jambalaya, gumbo, etouffee, bread pudding, meat pies, tamales

g.   Symbols: Louisiana State flag, brown pelican, magnolia tree, brown bear

h.  Individuals who have made significant contributions to Louisiana’s artistic heritage.

1.9 Identify cultural groups that influenced Louisiana, including Acadians, Africans, Canary Islanders, French, Germans, Haitians, Native Americans, Asian Americans, French, and Spanish.



1.11 Identify Louisiana as a unique state among fifty, and as a part of the United States.

1.14 Describe civic virtues including voting, running for office, serving on committees, and volunteering.



1.18 Identify examples of an economic cost or benefit of a decision or event.

1.19 Describe how different public and private jobs help Louisianans. For example:

a.  Private: nurses caring for sick or injured people

1.20 Explain why and how goods and services are produced and traded.

1.22 Identify and describe which goods and services are produced in different places and regions in Louisiana.

1.23 Describe the importance of natural resources in Louisiana, including timber, seafood, and oil.



1.28 Describe the physical characteristics of various regions of Louisiana, including bayous, swamps, floodplains, forests, and farmland.


Life in Our Great Country: The United States of America

The goal in grade 2 is to introduce students to major historical events, figures, and symbols related to the principles and founding of American democracy. Grade 2 students will learn to value differences among people and exemplify a respect for the rights and opinions of others. Students will also develop an appreciation of shared values, principles, and beliefs that promote stability for our country’s government and its citizens while building knowledge about our founding documents, system of government, and individuals who exemplify American values and principles.


2.5 Compare life in the United States in the past to life today.

2.7 Identify and describe national historical figures, celebrations, symbols, and places.

c. Describe the significance of state and nationally designated holidays

d. Describe the history of American symbols,

e. Identify and describe man-made American monuments and landmarks

 f. Identify and describe natural American landmarks

2.8 Interpret legends, stories, and songs that contributed to the development of the cultural history of the United States


2.13 Describe civic virtues including voting, running for office, serving on committees, and volunteering. 2.14 Describe how hard work, good habits, consistent attendance in school, and planning for the future can help you achieve your goals, including attending college, learning a trade, and having a successful career.


2.21 Describe geographic features and physical characteristics of places in the United States and the world, including mountains, hills, plains, deserts, coasts, islands, peninsulas, lakes, oceans, and rivers

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