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Social Studies

Fourth graders  learn about North America (Canada, Mexico, and the United States) and its peoples from a geographic perspective, expanding map reading, mapmaking, and geographic reasoning skills. Students learn that Social Scientists  research to find the whole story and ask themselves, “Who ‘s story is missing?” Students begin by looking at ancient civilizations of North America, emphasizing that advanced cities existed in North America before European settlers came. Students examine the interactions between European settlers and indigenous people. In addition, fourth graders delve into an inquiry unit on the National Parks that integrates science, literacy, and  multiple perspectives in history. Students also explore the regions of the US through inquiry and project-based learning.

  • Mapping North America
  • Ancient Civilizations of North America
  • Exploration of North America
  • Regions of the US
  • National Parks

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Fifth graders learn about the early history  and government of the United States. Students begin by looking at the principles of the US government through examining the Constitution.  They begin their study of history by researching  early settlements of the US concentrating on the interaction between settlers and the indigenous people. Grade 5 students study the 13 colonies by examining the 3 physical regions of northern, middle, and southern colonies. In particular students use primary sources to examine and discuss early seeds of democracy and individual rights. Students analyze which groups of individuals had rights and which were excluded. In addition, students study the beginnings of slavery in the US.  Students continue to study early democracy researching events before, during, and after the American Revolution.  Grade 5 students study the Civil War and Civil Rights Movement through an interdisciplinary SS and ELA unit.

  • Principles of Government
  • Early Settlements
  • 13 Colonies
  • Slavery
  • American Revolution
  • Civil Rights Movement

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The Grade 6 Social Studies curriculum emphasizes the rights and responsibilities that come with being a global citizen. Students research modern day global issues. Students spend time investigating different regions of the world exploring physical and human geography.

  • What does it mean to be a global citizen?
  • Tools of Geography
  • Latin America
  • Europe
  • Africa
  • Southwest Asia 
  • Monsoon Asia

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