Students in grade one continue a more detailed treatment of the broad concepts of rights and responsibilities in the contemporary world. The classroom serves as a microcosm of society in which decisions are made with respect for the rights and opinions of others. Students develop an understanding of individual responsibility and fair play. Geographic and economic aspects of life in their own neighborhoods are examined and students compare them to those of people long ago. They explore the varied background of American citizens and learn about the symbols, icons, and songs that reflect our common heritage.