Kindergarten Social Studies
We begin our “travel itinerary” right here in Jacksonville, Florida as we study our global community. We make stops around the world as we learn about the people, cultures, and places of Peru/Galapagos Islands, Israel, Native Americans, Christmas in Europe, China, Antarctica, Kenya, and Australia.
Tools: TCI Social Studies Alive, My Community
First Grade Social Studies
Social studies in first grade focuses on community, geography, and responsible citizenship. We also study Mexico and Haiti, their culture, geography and challenges, with the Haiti study coinciding with our service learning.
Tools: TCI Social Studies Alive, My Community, The Banza, The Magic Orange Tree and Other Haitian Folktales
Second Grade Social Studies
In second grade social studies students explore ways that we must all learn to interact with others responsibly and peacefully in the world. They also research a broad study of various cultures and information about the founding of America.
Tools: TCI Social Studies Alive, Our Community and Beyond
Third Grade Social Studies
The third grade Social Studies curriculum focuses on the history, geography, and political science of Florida and Jacksonville while incorporating a project based approach. The relevancy of the topics for our students make for a high interest learning opportunity packed with exciting discoveries. Vocabulary, spelling, and writing are incorporated into this theme, as well. Students also learn how to navigate their way through a social studies textbook, learn the text features of nonfiction texts which supports future learning, and how to think like a historian.The students learn to celebrate the strengths and potential of people from past cultures. The culmination of each unit is a field trip to various historical sites. “Florida Day” is an annual presentation by the third grade students with projects, skits, and stories on the state of Florida.
Tools: Florida, Social Studies Scott Foresman, Florida's Lost Tribes
Fourth Grade Social Studies
Social Studies in fourth grade is a time of real discovery. Our students learn to think like a geographer, economist and historian as they learn about the diversity of our nation. They compare life in cities to that of rural america, they learn the importance of natural resources, especially here at home as our fourth grade Service Learning, the St. John’s Riverkeeper, is integrated through the language arts and social studies curriculum. The students utilize this information as they learn about our states and capitals. The culmination is John Hunter’s World Peace Game, World Peace Game
. Our fourth graders draw on prior knowledge while engaging and honing their collaborative skills and learning the art of negotiation in a global setting with real world issues. John Hunter Ted Talk
Tools: TCI Social Studies Alive! Regions of our Country, Trouble on the St. John’s, World Peace Game Foundation
Fifth Grade Social Studies
Social studies in the fifth grade explores in depth early American history, the settling of the west, the Civil War, Industrialization of America, modern America, and current events. The culminating highlight of the fifth grade year is a study trip to Washington, D.C. After much research, our students assume the roles of tour guide helping to facilitate their peers’ learning of national monuments and other historic sites.
Tools: TCI Social Studies Alive! American's Past, Why America is Free, The Declaration of Independence, The Constitution
Sixth Grade Social Studies
Social studies in sixth grade explores the magical cultures of long ago; ancient Egypt, India, China, Greece, and Rome. Reading across the curriculum allows for the integration of these topics with literature in hopes that knowledge of history will increase a love of reading and aid in comprehension of text while conversely creating a love of reading will inspire a passion for history.
Tools: TCI History Alive! The Ancient World, Early Times: The Story of Ancient Egypt, Early Times: The Story of Ancient China, Early Times: The Story of Ancient Greece