Social Studies

Social Studies


Purpose:  To help students 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.


D303 Social Studies Topics

Kindergarten - 2nd Grades:

In the primary grades, students learn about getting along, why we need rules, making good choices, respecting property and solving problems.  They learn about family systems, the interdependence of community, citizenship, civic responsibility and economic needs connected to the wants of families.

3rd Grade:

Map skills are deepened with calculating distances, locating places in the world and community comparisons.  They study migration routes and the Native Americans settling along these routes in North America.  In addition, they study the Native American cultural regions.  They learn about immigration to the United States and the events and issues of the topic.  Global trade and its effects on our local communities are studied.

4th Grade:

Using the perspective of geographers, historians, economists, political scientists and sociologists, students study the regions of the U.S.  They learn research skills to compare/contrast farm life in the 1800s with today.  They study key sites, early settlements, population density, climate, elevation and natural resources.  They learn about water usage and how river water is shared and conserved.

5th Grade:

Fifth grade is an overview of American History including exploration, the early settlements, comparison of different colonies and the changing relationships with England.  The study moves through the causes of the Revolutionary War, the Declaration of Independence and the formation of a new government.  The Constitution and the Bill of Rights are introduced.  The topic of Western Expansion and peoples of the west are also taught.  Students learn of the causes of the Civil War, combat conditions and the issues of slavery.

6th Grade:

Students engage in an in-depth study of five to six major civilizations from Africa, Asia and the Pacific Rim.

7th Grade:

Students engage in a study of Europe, North America and South America in the first three quarters of the school year.  Students investigate the history, geography, culture and current issues of these areas.  The fourth quarter gives an overview of the Colonial, pre- and post-Civil War periods of the United States.

8th Grade: Students engage in an in-depth study of 20th century American History.  Special emphasis is placed on the current structure/function of the governmental system of the United States and how it has developed over time.