Social Studies

The curriculum for fifth grade social studies is American History. Students start with geography and then move to Native Americans. Students study how the first Americans migrated from Asia and then settled in different regions throughout North America. Students then study the first settlements in Colonial America and the impact these settlements had on the Native Americans. As the colonies grew and tensions with Britain became intolerable, students delve into the causes of the American Revolution, the war itself, and the early days of being an independent nation. The last units of study are the United States Government, the Bill of Rights, the Constitution, and the Western Expansion. Studying these units help bring a deeper understanding of history to the students. As they work through a variety of historical activities, they soon learn that it is our history that defines us as the Americans we are today.
In sixth grade, students will develop a firm foundation of the five themes of geography (location, place, region, movement, human-environment interaction) to help them understand, interpret and compare the world around them. As social scientists, students will study global places, problems and issues and how they relate to their world. They will gain historical, geographical and economical perspectives of the world around them, with a heavy emphasis on the Western Hemisphere, specifically North and South America. The ancient civilizations of the Aztecs, Incas and Mayas will be introduced. Fundamental themes of geography will be explored for Europe and Asia, Oceania and Australia, with connections to social, economic, political and environmental issues.