Social Studies

In our classroom, social studies consists of:

  • Geography
  • History
  • Economics
  • Civics
  • Social Studies Skills (research & reasoning skills)

Social studies is the study of people.  Our curriculum helps students acquire knowledge, master the processes of learning, and become active citizens.

Within our social studies curriculum, we have three major goals for our students:

  • to know
  • to care
  • to act

We use service learning projects and activities that help connect students to others around the world. We aim to choose service learning projects that focus on local needs, global concerns and environmental issues.

We will also participate in the Passport Club. Each student is issued a “passport” at the start of the school year.  They have five levels to choose from, beginning with the introductory Level One, and going up to the “Geo-Whiz” Level Five. If they choose Level One, students will learn 40 countries and the seven continents by the end of the school year. If they choose Level Five, they will learn all the world’s countries plus forty capital cities, the continents, oceans, seas, deserts and mountain ranges.  Or they could choose level 2, 3, or 4. Choosing a level is a family decision. Most of the practice occurs at home, some occurs at school. Students are checked by parent volunteers at the end of each month, and receive postage stamps in their passports from some of the countries they have learned.  They receive a new study map with different countries for the next month and the process is repeated.