Social Studies

Social Studies Curriculum Goals by Grade Level

Kindergarten students will:

  • Distinguish between doing things alone and doing things together in the classroom and in the broader community.
  • Recognize that every family and culture is different.
  • Determine the difference between needs and wants.
  • Identify community helpers and the importance they have in neighborhoods.
  • Identify and use a variety of maps.
  • Identify and distinguish the four seasons.
  • Determine that the earth is round and is made up of land and water.
  • Explore the United States and develop some beginning knowledge of her history, landmarks and government officials.

  First Grade students will:

  •  Distinguish between working independently and as a team both in the classroom and the broader school.
  • Recognize that every family and culture is unique and contributes to the community.
  • Determine the difference between needs and wants.
  • Identify community helpers and the importance they have in our neighborhood.
  • Identify a variety of maps and be able to use them.
  • Distinguish between the four seasons.
  • Identify geographic features of the earth.
  • Explore some basic history of the United States, to include government offices and some landmarks and some important historical figures.

Second Grade students will:

  • Develop a basic understanding of the world around them by exploring history, geography, economics, and civics from a  global perspective.
  • Study United States history including Colonial America, folk stories/songs, and national holidays and symbols.
  • Expand their understanding of economic concepts of money, goods and services, and trade.
  • Interpret and use data from bar graphs, charts and timelines.
  • Understand the unique characteristics of American democracy.
  • Understand the relationship between the physical environment and human activities while developing map and globe skills.
  • Continue to explore the history of the United States, government offices and landmarks.
  • Continue to study geographic features of the earth.

Third Grade students will: 

  • Become familiar with geography tools such as maps and globes and concepts such as locator map, scale, compass rose, equator, continent and oceans.
  • Use a variety of maps, globes, graphs, charts and timelines to record and read information.
  • Define a community and what comprises it, and connect it with communities in other places, both locally and globally.
  • Recognize various landforms, such as prairies, mountains, plains, and coast.
  • Explore Native American communities, both past and present, looking for similarities and differences to our own.
  • Compare the migration or movement of different communities such as those on the Oregon Trail and immigrants and explorers such as Lewis and Clark.
  • Learn about concepts associated with early American history such as colonialism, independence, patriotism, and war.
  • Explore different aspects of our government, beginning with the Declaration of Independence and the first capital to the present.
  • Explore basic economical goals and how they were advanced by inventors and other famous people.
  • Stay in touch with current events through venues such as Scholastic News, the newspaper and technology resources.
  • Use technology to expand knowledge of social studies.

Fourth Grade students will:

  • Use map skills correctly including globes and map keys and scales
  • Gain a basic understanding of longitude, latitude and elevation
  • Identify and analyze natural resources, climate and land forms of the different regions of the United States.
  • Explore the three branches of the United States Government.
  • Investigate and understand historical events that occurred in different regions of the United States, including the American Revolution, the Civil War, historic presidents, the Constitution, the Declaration of Independence, the Gold Rush, Westward Expansion, the Industrial Revolution and the Women’s Rights Movement.
  • Develop an understanding of how Native American culture shaped our country.
  • Connect the history of different regions of the United States with changes that are still occurring today.
  • Use technology to discover social studies information.
  • Use timelines, charts and graphs to interpret and record information.

Fifth Grade students will:

  • Recognize and appreciate the cultural diversity of the population of the United States.
  • Analyze the achievements of those who lived in and explored the Western Hemisphere.
  • Compare and contrast how the varying environments of different regions in the United States affected colonization.
  • Acquire the skills to analyze and relate information in a variety of formats, (oral, visual and technological presentations).
  • Interpret maps and gloves using proof keys, scale, longitude and latitude.
  • Introduce prime meridian degrees and minutes.
  • Understand the importance of the movement from Europe to the Americas.
  • Learn to complete and use relevant life-skills documents and forms.
  • Read, discuss, and analyze current events

Sixth Grade students will:

  • Understand the fights for equality and expansion that occurred in the United States during the nineteenth century.
  • Use primary and secondary sources to investigate immigration and industry in the United States during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.
  • Appreciate their heritage and culture in light of the history of immigration in the United States.
  • Understand latitude, longitude, prime meridians, time zones and GPS technology.
  • Study the Constitution of the United States and important impact this has on American life.
  • Develop and understanding of the causes and injustices that led to the Civil War and the immediate and long-term effects of its outcomes.
  • Understand the rights and responsibilities of a citizen in a democracy.
  • Study current events through the use of the Scholastic News, cable TV and other technological sources.
  • Acquire the skills to analyze and relate information in a variety of formats, (oral, visual and technological presentations).
  • Use graphs, charts, diagrams, timelines and maps.
  • Read, discuss and analyze current events

Seventh Grade students will:

  •  Identify the different stages of the rise and fall of ancient and medieval civilizations and empires.
  • Compare and contrast cultures and governments from ancient and medieval civilizations.
  • Understand cause and effect issues of trade and economics in ancient and medieval societies.
  • Understand the various forces that created increased interdependence among past cultures.
  • Describe the forces that led to the transition between the ancient and medieval world and the medieval and Renaissance world.
  • Understand how the advent of new technologies changes a society.
  • Read tables and graphs and be able to analyze the statistics they contain.
  • Understand the early life of the church, the spread of Christianity throughout the world and the church’s role in various societies.
  • Read, discuss and analyze current events

Eighth Grade students will:

  •  Identify and describe the individual nations of South America, Central America, Europe, East Asia, North Africa and the Middle East.
  • Explain the interdependence between rural and urban areas of various nations and the interdependence among various nations and world regions.
  • Recognize both the benefits and the difficulties associated with cultural integration within national boundaries.
  • Appreciate the rich cultural heritage found in various regions of the world.
  • Recognize how geography and climate affect the economics and cultures of various societies in different world regions.
  • Interpret graphs and tables and analyze and synthesize the information they contain.
  • Read, discuss and analyze current events\
  • Develop an understanding of  personal finance, economics in our nation, and the importance of official documents.