In grades K-2, Social Studies is incorporated into the Superkids reading program through the Superkids Magazine. This non-fiction magazine addresses topics such cooperation, community, and respect for self and others. In addition, our Kindergarten, first and second grade students will use Scholastic Magazine to address current events, social studies and science topics.
In grade 3, students use the Communities curriculum. We focus on different communities around the United States and the corresponding geography that makes up these communities. We look at the physical geography, as well as the human geography. We take a look at the history through time and place of our country, mainly focusing on Native American’s and their impact on our life. The second half of the year is focused on citizenship, government, American culture, and other cultures around the world. We end the year focusing on jobs, work, business, trading, saving, and spending money.
In 4th grade Social Studies, we concentrate on the regions of the United States. Our students will learn the different regions of the United States, while incorporating topics of citizenship and government, economics, mapping skills, cause and effect, geography and human connections to history.
Middle school begins to introduce geographic themes, early cultures, and ancient civilizations. Physical geography and all aspects of culture are incorporated as well. We work with the grid system, globes and different types of maps,and time-lines. The skills of sequencing, making predictions, drawing conclusions, and decision making are developed.
In 5th Grade Social Studies, students will study early American History. Specifically, students will look at the time period from the discovery of the New World through the Civil War. The course books used are: United States History Beginnings to 1877 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and Northern Lights by MHS Press.
In 6th Grade Social Studies, students will study the Origins of World Cultures. They will learn about the land features of each of the seven continents on Earth and study the events that took place on these continents. Specifically, students will look at:
- Early Civilizations (Egypt, Israel, Greece, Rome)
- The Birth and Life of Jesus
- The Byzantine Empire and the Rise of Islam
- History of Europe, China, Japan, India, Africa, Russia, North America, and Latin America from the beginnings of these civilizations to Modern Day
- United States History
In 7th Grade Social Studies, students will study the History of Christian Civilization. Specifically, students will look at:
- The Earliest Civilizations and the Birth and Life of Jesus
- The Roman Empire
- The Foundations and Buildings of Christianity
- History of the Middle East and the Crusades
- European History from its beginnings through the 1700s
In 8th Grade Social Studies, students will study the Making of the Modern World. Specifically, students will look at:
- The Scientific Revolution and the Age of Enlightenment
- Revolutions and Wars in Europe
- World War I and World War II