Social Studies Curriculum Overview
Elementary School Course Offerings
Chairperson: Joelle Keats
The North Allegheny Elementary Social Studies Curriculum utilizes a cohesive spiraling curriculum that promotes a diverse and rich understanding of the history, culture, economics, and geography of the students' community, state, nation, and world. It includes skill-building in literacy, the use of maps and globes, and interpreting historical and current events.
Kindergarten and Grade 1
Students are introduced to the basic elements of social studies with emphasis on their relationships with their peers, their school, their families, community, and the immediate world around them. Topics include friendship, family, basic geography skills using maps and globes, holidays, national and local historical figures or importance, and school and community rules.
This curriculum expands the students' study of social studies into their local communities and includes study of types of communities such as urban, rural and suburban, as well as local government, work, and basic economic principles and civic education. Map and globe skill-building is expanded to the nation and the continent, and there is continued emphasis on holidays, and local and national historical figures of importance.
The students' study of their world is expanded from the community to the state level. Pennsylvania groups, history, government and economy are the focus of the third grade curriculum, with more in-depth study of the people, events and places that shaped our current local and state history and landscape. Students are also introduced to the three branches of the federal government and the roles that each branch plays. Map, globe, and geography skills continued to be expanded and refined during this year of study.
The curriculum continues to spiral outward as students explore the geography, culture, economics and government of the United States. Students study the five major regions of the United States from a geographic, historical and economic perspective while broadening their map and globe competencies. There is also increased emphasis placed on interpretation of current events, both nationally and internationally.
The elementary curriculum culminates with an in-depth study of early American history, from its origins to 1783. The curriculum weaves the study of current events and Pennsylvania History into the U.S. history curriculum whose major topics include: the early explorers, the colonial period, the Revolutionary War, and the framing of the Constitution and development of the Bill of Rights. Students leave fifth grade poised to begin concurrent studies of World and U.S. History, geography, culture, government and economics.