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Springs Curriculum

Elementary Social Studies


In Social Studies classes, students confront questions about the wonder and excitement of humankind in the world, and how they are a part of that world. In helping students understand the world, students engage in the study of history, geography, economics, government, and civics. Instruction draws on other disciplines such as anthropology, sociology, political science, psychology, religion, law, archaeology, philosophy, art, literature, other humanities subjects and the sciences. What students learn provides them with the knowledge, intellectual skills, civic understandings, and dispositions toward democratic values that are necessary to function effectively in American society. Ultimately, Social Studies instruction helps students assume their role as responsible citizens in America’s constitutional democracy and as active contributors to a society that is increasingly diverse and interdependent with other nations of the world.

Our focus on diversity and multiculturalism continues to help teachers work on our Social Studies curriculum to think more about diverse perspectives. We align our Social Studies curriculum with New York State Standards and the Common Core Learning Standards using a workshop model that integrates reading, writing and research-based projects.