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Elementary Social Studies


  • Students in kindergarten are introduced to basic spatial, temporal, and causal relationships, emphasizing the geographic and historical connections between the world today and the world long ago.

First Grade

  • Students in grade one continue a more detailed treatment of the broad concepts of rights and responsibilities in the contemporary world.

Second Grade

  • Students in grade two explore the lives of actual people who make a difference in their everyday lives and learn the stories of extraordinary people from history whose achievements have touched them, directly or indirectly.

Third Grade

  • Students in grade three learn more about our connections to the past and the ways in which particularly local, but also regional and national, government and traditions have developed and left their marks on current society, providing common memories.

Fourth Grade

  • Students learn the story of their home state, unique in American history in terms of its vast and varied geography, its many waves of immigration beginning with preColumbian societies, its continuous diversity, economic energy, and rapid growth.

Fifth Grade

  • Students in grade five study the development of the nation up to 1850, with an empha­sis on the people who were already here, when and from where others arrived, and why they came.

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