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Social Studies

In grades K-4, students learn fundamental concepts about government, citizenship, geography, economics, and history. The focus of instruction is on developing an understanding of core democratic values, the rights and responsibilities of American citizens, and how key people and events contributed to the development of the American heritage. Exploration of cultural universals enables students to realize how the availability of resources, the changing environment, and innovation impact everyday life.
 
K-4 Social Studies Focus
 
GRADE FOCUS
K
Rules and Responsibility
Where Do You Live?
Needs and Wants
Earth: Seasons and Weather 
Good Citizens
Maps and Globes
America: Presidents, Holidays, Monuments, Rights
Consumers and Producers
Money and Jobs
Culture and Diversity
1
Location and Distance
Rules, Responsibility, and Good Citizens
Past, Present, Future,
Transportation
Maps
Earth
America: Monuments, Symbols, Presidents
Communities and Jobs
Goods and Services
Money and Trade
Culture and Diversity
2
Me and My World
America's History
Geography
Human Rights and Government
Invention and Economics
Culture and Diversity
3
Democracy:
Government and Human Rights
Geography and Civics
Culture and Economics
Justice for All
Culture and Diversity
4
New Jersey:
Early New Jersey History
The Road to the Revolutionary War
Civil Rights in New Jersey 
Early Industry
New Jersey Reform
Culture and Diversity
 
In grades 5-8, students build upon K-4 foundational content. Through instruction in U.S. History and World History/Global Studies, they begin to analyze the implications of government structures and economic policies for individuals, communities, nations, and global relationships. The study of migratory patterns and belief systems that in the past led to cooperation and conflict among groups of people enable students to realize the significance of cultural transmission in today’s global society. Relevant activities that help students connect content knowledge to current issues and that promote service learning empower students to become civic-minded and socially active.
 
 
Grades 5-8 Social Studies Focus
 
GRADE FOCUS
5
Ancient America to Reconstruction:
American Geography
The Earliest Americans
A Time of Exploration
European Settlement
The New England Colonies
The Middle Atlantic Colonies
Amistad
Culture and Diversity
6
The Ancient World:
Mesopotamia
Ancient Egypt
Ancient China
Ancient Greece
7
The United States Through Industrialism:
Our Colonial Heritage
Revolution in the Colonies
Forming a New Nation
Launching the New Republic
8
The United States Through Industrialism:
An Expanding Nation
Americans in the Mid-1800's
The Union Challenged
Modernization of America