Intro to NM Social Studies Standards

Intro to NM Social Studies Standards
Posted on 04/19/2023
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Introduction to NM Social Studies Standards

Presented to the LLS Board of Education on April 18, 2023 by Katherine House (Director of Elementary Learning Innovations), Jessica Montano (Director of Secondary Learning Innovations) and Elena Trodden (Director of Language Innovations).

LLS Instructional Innovations:

Every Los Lunas student will graduate equipped with the knowledge, skills, and attributes to pursue a path of their choice.

  • Rigorous and complete district curriculum in ELA, Math, Social Studies, and Science
  • Accelerated Tier 1 Instruction in every classroom
  • Leadership Development
  • Routinized technology and SEL (social emotional learning)
“The primary purpose of social studies is to help young people develop the ability to make informed and reasoned decisions for the public good as citizens of a culturally diverse, democratic society in an interdependent world.”
-National Council for the Social Studies

What are the instructional shifts?

Bloom's Taxonomy

  • Create: 
    Produce new or original work - design, assemble, construct, conjecture, develop, formulate, author, investigate
  • Evaluate: 
    Justify a stand or decision - appraise, argue, defend, judge, select, support, value, critique, weigh
  • Analyze:
    Draw connections among ideas - differentiate, organize, relate, compare, contrast, distinguish, examine, experiment, question, test
  • Apply:
    Use information in new situations - execute, implement, solve, use, demonstrate, interpret, operate, schedule, sketch
  • Understand: 
    Explain ideas or concepts - classify, describe, discuss, explain, identify, locate, recognize, report, select, translate
  • Remember: 
    Recall facts and basic concepts - define, duplicate, list, memorize, repeat, state

Anchor Standards With Examples:

  • Civics 3. Civic Dispositions & Democratic Principles: K.10. Identify the local, state, and national symbols (e.g. flag, bird, song)
  • Economics/Personal Financial Literacy 10. Personal Financial Literacy: 3.29 Examine the various ways people earn a living to meet their basic needs of food, clothing, and shelter and how this has changed over time in various world communities
    3.30. Create a plan with specific steps to reach a short-term financial goal
  • Geography 14. Human-Environmental Interactions & Sustainability - 5.28 Examine and explain how the physical environment influences human population distribution and land use
  • History 18. Critical Consciousness and Perspective - 7.54. Assess evidence of Spanish influence in New Mexico today
  • Ethnic, Cultural, and Identity Studies 22. Community Equity Building - 9-12.US.122 Examine historical and contemporary cultural, economic, intellectual, political, and social contributions to society by individuals or groups within an identity group
  • Inquiry 23. Construct Compelling & Supporting Questions - 9-12.WH.1. Create compelling questions representing key ideas in world history

Standards Build Knowledge K-12 Geographic Representations & Reasoning EXAMPLE:

  • Kindergarten: 
    K.18. With prompting and support, create maps of familiar areas, such as the classroom, school, and community that include labels.
  • 3rd Grade: 
    3.23. Identify and use a variety of digital and analog mapping tools to locate places.
  • 6th Grade: 
    6.24. Compare environmental and geographic characteristics of locations of the earliest human settlements.
  • 10th Grade:
    9-12.Geo.15. Interpret geographic characteristics of cultures, economies, and political systems. 

Standards Build Knowledge K-12 Ethnicity, Culture & Identity 20 EXAMPLE

  • Kindergarten:
    K.14. Identify how individuals are similar and different.
  • 3rd Grade: 
    3.27. Compare and contrast their cultural identity with other people and groups.
  • 6th Grade:
    6.19. Identify how differences and similarities between diverse groups impact perspectives.
  • 10th Grade:
    9-12.US.20. Identify and explore how current traditions, rights, and norms of
    identity groups have changed or are changing over time.

Social Studies Materials Adoption (K-12)

Los Lunas Schools Courses:

  • K-3 Broad Overview
  • 4th, 7th, 9th New Mexico History
  • 6th, 8th, 10th World History
  • 5th, 11th U.S. History
  • 12th Economics & Government


  • October 2022 - process & timeline development
  • November 2022 - rubric development, development of committee application, research and vetting materials
  • January 2023 - Committee applications, vendor research, presentation preparation for materials, training on using the rubric
  • February 2023 - Community evening, community web links for review, teacher reviews
  • March 2023 - Committee reviews data and makes recommendation to superintendent

Professional Development

7-12 Social Studies Teachers
Deep dive into the new state standards during All Learner Days 2022-23
2023-24 Continue Professional Development with standards and new adopted resources

K-6 Teachers
April All Learner Day started the deep dive into the new state standards
2023-24 Continue professional development with standards and new adopted resources

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