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Topic: Characteristics of groups 

Behavioral Studies

 Standard 1.  Understands that group and cultural influences contribute to human development, identity, and behavior
  Level I (Grade K-2)
   Benchmark 2.Understands that different families and classrooms have different rules and patterns of behavior, but there are some behaviors that are not accepted in most families or schools
    Knowledge/skill statements
     1.Knows that different groups may have different rules and patterns of acceptable behavior
     2.Knows that different families may have different rules and patterns of acceptable behavior
     3.Knows that different classrooms may have different rules and patterns of acceptable behavior
     4.Knows that there are some behaviors that are not accepted in most families
     5.Knows that there are some behaviors that are not accepted in most schools
 Standard 2.  Understands various meanings of social group, general implications of group membership, and different ways that groups function
  Level I (Grade K-2)
   Benchmark 2.Knows unique features of different groups to which she or he belongs (e.g., family, team, class), and also features of these groups that overlap with other groups
    Knowledge/skill statements
     1.Knows that each group has some unique features
     2.Knows that each group has features that are the same as those of other groups
     3.Knows examples of unique features of different groups to which she or he belongs
     4.Knows unique features of his or her family
     5.Knows unique features of his or her team
     6.Knows unique features of his or her class
   Benchmark 3.Understands that different groups, societies, and cultures have some similar wants and needs
    Knowledge/skill statements
     1.Understands that different groups have some similar wants and needs
     2.Understands that different cultures have some similar wants and needs
     3.Understands that different societies have some similar wants and needs
  Level II (Grade 3-5)
   Benchmark 2.Understands that individuals tend to support members of their own groups and may think of them as being like themselves
    Knowledge/skill statements
     1.Understands that individuals tend to support members of their own group
     2.Understands that individuals may think of members of their group as being like themselves
   Benchmark 3.Understands that different groups have different expectations for how their members should act
    Knowledge/skill statements
     1.Knows that groups expect their members to act a certain way
     2.Knows that different groups have different expectations of their members
  Level III (Grade 6-8)
   Benchmark 4.Understands that people sometimes react to all members of a group as though they were the same and perceive in their behavior only those qualities that fit preconceptions of the group (i.e., stereotyping) which leads to uncritical judgments (e.g., showing blind respect for members of some groups and equally blind disrespect for members of other groups)
    Knowledge/skill statements
     1.Understands that people sometimes react to all members of a group as though they were the same
     2.Understands that people sometimes perceive only those behaviors that fit into their preconceptions of the group
     3.Knows that stereotyping often leads to uncritical judgments
     4.Knows that an example of uncritical judgment is blind respect for members of a group
     5.Knows that an example of uncritical judgment is blind disrespect for members of a group
   Benchmark 7.Understands that there are similarities and differences within groups as well as among groups
    Knowledge/skill statements
     1.Understands that there are similarities and differences within groups
     2.Understands that there are similarities and differences among groups