The purpose of the Social Studies program is to link history from the past to the present.
In First Grade Social Studies, students will explore their world through family, school, community, state, and nation. They come to see the richness in the diversity and the interdependence that exists in all God created. As they learn to be good citizens, they learn that they have not only rights, but also responsibilities.
In Second Grade Social Studies, students will study the lives of actual people who make a difference in their everyday lives and learn the stories of extraordinary people from history and religion whose achievements have touched them, directly or indirectly. The study of contemporary people who supply goods and services aids in understanding the complex interdependence in our free market system.
In Third Grade Social Studies, students will explore the entire world: community, state, nation, countries and continents. They will learn basic facts of how our nation was created, and of prominent persons of our early nation.
In Fourth Grade Social Studies, students will study the geography of the United States through examination of the five regions of the country. Beginning in the Northeast, students will follow explorers, historical events, and the economic opportunities that helped to shape the entire country. Civic responsibility of Americans, as citizens, is outlined through study of the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and the functions and responsibilities of the three branches of government.
In Fifth Grade Social Studies, students will learn about history of the New World from its early civilizations through the Revolutionary War. The early civilizations of the New World include those that existed in South and Central America and the Native American tribes of North America. Students will learn of the European explorers, their accomplishments, and early settlements in North America. Through study of the English colonies, students are exposed to the political, economic, and social development in the U.S. during the 17th and 18th centuries. Students also study the early development of democratic institutions and ideas, including the events that led to the independence of the original thirteen colonies and the formation of our nation under the U.S. Constitution.