Elementary Social Studies, Grades K-5

Beliefs

“The primary purpose of social studies is to help young people 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.” – NCSS

"We believe social studies involves students in a systematic study of history, geography, economics, society, and government. Social studies empowers students to become critical thinkers, effective communicators, and participating members of local, state, national, and global communities."–NCSS 

Guiding Principles:

  • Social Studies content instruction focuses on broad concepts, connections, changes over time, and cause and effect.
  • Social Studies skills instruction focuses on writing; analysis of visual documents, primary sources, maps and graphics; and reading in the content area.
  • Social Studies instruction actively engages students in the learning process.
  • Social Studies curriculum, skills and vocabulary are most effective when vertically aligned K-12.
  • ELA and Social Studies Instruction in elementary are integrated whenever possible