- Grades K–8
- High School Courses
Kindergarten through second grade students are introduced to an integrative approach of Social Studies by exploring aspects of self, others, families and communities across the world in developmentally responsive ways. In early years, children develop a foundation for the entire social studies program beginning in Kindergarten; therefore, Social Studies must be an essential part of the daily curriculum. As students are acquainted with diverse classmates, they develop awareness to the similarities among individuals in the classroom as well as within the school, community and world. Comparing family traditions enable students to accept and appreciate their pluralistic society and acquire a sense of purpose regarding their role and the role of other citizens within the community and world. K-2 students develop geographic awareness of their surroundings by using geographic representations to process information about locations using maps and globes. They learn that people not only use the environment, but also modify or adapt to it. In history, students begin to develop the ability to think like an historian as they acquire knowledge of history to understand the past and present. Students begin to appreciate the influence history has on their daily lives as they identify contributions of historical figures. They examine why certain events and people are celebrated through national holidays. In economics, students develop and build upon basic economic concepts by relating to their own wants and needs.
- K.H.1 Understand change over time.
- K.H.1.1 Explain how people change over time (self and others).
- K.H.1.2 Explain how seasons change over time.
- K.H.1.3 Explain the impact of how life events bring change (a new sibling, moving to a new house, a new job, a new school, etc.).
Geography and Environmental Literacy
- K.G.1 Use geographic representations and terms to describe surroundings.
- K.G.1.1 Use maps to locate places in the classroom, school and home.
- K.G.1.2 Use globes and maps to locate land and water features.
- K.G.1.3 Identify physical features (mountains, hills, rivers, lakes, roads, etc.).
- K.G.1.4 Identify locations in the classroom using positional words (near/far, left/right, above/beneath, etc.).
- K.G.2 Understand the interaction between humans and the environment.
- K.G.2.1 Explain how people adapt to weather conditions.
- K.G.2.2 Explain ways people use environmental resources to meet basic needs and wants (shelter, food, clothing, etc.).
Economics and Financial Literacy
- K.E.1 Understand basic economic concepts.
- K.E.1.1 Explain how families have needs and wants.
- K.E.1.2 Explain how jobs help people meet their needs and wants.
Civics and Governance
- K.C&G.1 Understand the roles of a citizen.
- K.C&G.1.1 Exemplify positive relationships through fair play and friendship.
- K.C&G.1.2 Explain why citizens obey rules in the classroom, school, home and neighborhood.
- K.C.1 Understand how individuals are similar and different.
- K.C.1.1 Explain similarities in self and others.
- K.C.1.2 Explain the elements of culture (how people speak, how people dress, foods they eat, etc.).