Social Studies


The Social Studies Curriculum is taught within the framework of the social teachings of the Catholic Church. At every grade level teachers integrate and utilize a variety of methodologies, resources and teaching styles in order to meet the needs of each student. An emphasis is placed on promoting good citizenship and responsibility for oneself as a contributing member of a community. Emerging global issues and cultural diversity are promoted through various age appropriate projects. 

The students experience history through simulations, reports, speeches, debates, and various projects and activities. History comes alive in class by creating opportunities for students to become part of the period of time they are studying. Additionally, the students work on map skills, current events and citizenship activities.

Primary Grades (K-2)

Principles of Government
• Family as the basic unit of society
• Purpose & need for rules
• Respect for self & others
• Responsibilities in the classroom
• Significant American holidays and symbols
• Good citizenship
• Presidents past (Washington & Lincoln) and current day

• Rule of law protects individual rights and promotes common good
• Liberty & Freedom
• Veterans Day
• Equality….Martin Luther King, Jr.

Rights & Responsibilities of Citizenship
• Identify a problem and discuss possible solutions
• Leadership and service in the classroom
• Responsible classroom behavior
• Elections
• Authority at home and in school
• Firefighters, Police Officers and emergency workers

• Wants and Needs
• Goods and consumers
• Currency and how it is used
• Purpose of advertisements

Basic Geographic Literacy
• Simple maps
• Location of places in the home, school, community 

Places and Regions
• Homes and businesses located in the community
• Land and water forms

Historical Analysis
• Chronological Sequence (days, weeks, months, years)
• Fact vs. opinion
• Locate information in a source

Intermediate Grades (3-5)

Third Grade
Anthropology and Sociology
• Societies
• family cultures and traditions
• different types communities
• different cultures
• member of community
•  cultural unity and diversity

• using resources
• needs and wants
•  goods and services
• scarcity and choice
•  monetary system
•  Institutions
•  limited resources

• Earth’s physical features
•  Landforms
•  geographic features
•  types of maps
• differences in climates
•  temperate zones
•  natural resources
•  environmental changes and crises,
• Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh,
• Philadelphia, Harrisburg,
• Washington D.C.

• Periods in North America
•  Colonization
•  wars with the native Indians
•  wars with rival European, French and Indian War
• natural factors having an effect on history
•  people and events in pre-Revolutionary times-George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, Patrick Henry, the Boston Tea Party, Paul Revere’s ride, Continental Congress, Revolutionary War, Thomas Jefferson
• how past helps people today
• decision making and social public issues  

Fourth Grade
American Government

• Bill of Rights
• The Constitution
• signers of the Constitution
• branches and their purpose
• checks and balances
• economic supply and demand
• economic trade systems
• famous founding men and women

U.S. Geography
• regions and landforms
• climate
• regional resources
• famous explorers

Regions of USA
• Northeast, Southeast, Midwest, Southwest, and Western USA
• 50 states and capitals – tested by regions
• resources and exports
• history
• landforms
• climate
• habitats
• famous citizens

Native Americans of North America:  5th
• Eastern Woodlands
• Great Plains
• Southwest Desert
• Northwest Coast

Middle School Grades (6-8)

Sixth Grade
Ancient Civilizations
• Reviewing Geography Skills
• Using globes
• Using maps
• Different kinds of maps
• Understanding the World
• Regions of the World
• Looking into the Past
• Early Cultures
• River Valley Civilizations
• Ancient Egypt
• Ancient Mesopotamia
• Ancient India
• Ancient China
• New Empires
• Ancient Greece
• Ancient Rome
• Ancient Arabia
• Ancient America
Life in the Western Hemisphere:  5th & 7th
• Migration
• Early American Cultures
• Rise of Empires

Life in the Eastern Hemisphere:  5th & 7th
• Asia’s Silk Road
• Africa’s Trading Empires
• European Explorers

Spain Builds an Empire:  5th & 7th
• Columbus
• Different Worlds
• Collide:  Mexico City
• Life in New Spain

The Struggle to Found New Colonies:  5th & 7th
• Virginia:  Jamestown
• New European Colonies
• First Colonies
• English Colonies

Life in the English Colonies:  5th & 7th
• Working and Trading
• Cities/Towns/Farms
• Everyday Life
• Slavery in the Colonies

The Fight for the Continent: 5th & 7th
• Southern Colonies
• Middle Colonies
• New England
• Spanish Move North
• French Explore the Mississippi
• French and Indian War

The American Revolution:  5th & 7th
• Trouble Over Taxes
• Colonists Rebel
• Revolution Begins
• Declaring Independence
• The Struggle for Liberty
• Independence

Forming a New Government:  5th & 7th
• Articles of Confederation
• The New Nation Faces Challenges
• Creating the Constitution
• Ratifying the Constitution

Citizenship and the Constitution:  7th
• Understanding the Constitution
• The Bill of Rights
• Rights and Responsibilities of Citizenship

A Young United States:  5th & 7th
• Washington Leads a New Nation

Launching A New Nation:  7th
• Hamilton and National Finances
• Challenges for a New Nation
• John Adams’s Presidency

The Jefferson Era: 5th & 7th
• Jefferson Becomes President
• Louisiana Purchase
• Lewis and Clark Expedition
• The War of 1812

A National Identity: 7th
• American Foreign Policy
• Nationalism and Sectionalism
• American Culture

The Age of Jackson:  7th
• Jacksonian Democracy
• Jackson’s Administration
• Indian Removal

Expanding West:  5th & 7th
• Trails to the West: Oregan/Morman Santa Fe/ Wilderness/California
• The Texas Revolution
• The Mexican War
• The California Gold Rush:  49er’s

The Nation Expands:  Times of Change:  5th & 7th
• The Industrial Revolution
• Changes in Working Life
• The Transportation Revolution
• More Technological Advances

The South:  7th
• Growth of the Cotton Industry
• Southern Society
• The Slave System

New Movements in America: 7th
• Immigrants and Urban Challenges
• American Arts
• Reforming Society
• The Movement to End Slavery
• Women’s Rights

A Nation Divided:  5th & 7th
• The Debate Over Slavery
• Trouble in Kansas
• Political Divisions
• The Nation Divides

The Nation Breaks Apart:  The Civil War: 8th
• The War Begins
• The War in the East
• The War in the West
• Daily Life During the War
• The Tide of War Turns

Reconstruction:  8th
• Rebuilding the South
• The Fight Over Reconstruction
• Reconstruction in the South

Americans Move West:  8th
• Miners, Ranchers, Railroads
• Wars for the West
• Farming and Populism

The Industrial Age:  8th
• The Second Industrial Revolution
• Big Business
• Industrial Workers

Immigrants and Urban Life:  8th
• The New Wave of Immigration
• The Growth of Cities
• City Life

The Progressive Spirit of Reform:  8th
• The Gilded Age and the Progressive Movement
• Reforming the Workplace
• The Rights of Women and Minorities
• The Progressive Presidents

America as a World Power:  8th
• The United States Gains Overseas Territories
• The Spanish-American War
• The United States and Latin America

World War I:  8th
• The Road to War
• Americans Prepare for War
• Americans in World War I
• Establishing Peace

The Roaring Twenties:  8th
• Boom Times
• Life During the 1920’s
• The Jazz Age

The Great Depression:  8th
• The End of Prosperity
• Roosevelt’s New Deal
• Americans Face Hard Times

World War II:  8th
• The War Begins
• The Home Front
• War in Europe and North Africa
• The War in the Pacific
• Victory and Consequences

Early Years of the Cold War:  8th
• Adjusting to Peace
• War in Korea and a New Red Scare
• The Nation Prospers

The Civil Rights Movement:  8th
• The Civil Rights Movement Takes Shape
• Kennedy, Johnson, and Civil Rights
• Rights for Other Americans

The Vietnam War Years:  8th
• Kennedy and Foreign Policy
• Escalation in Vietnam
• The End of the War

Searching for Order: 8th
• Nixon’s Presidency and Watergate
• American in the 1970’s
• The Reagan Presidency

America Looks to the Future: 8th
• The End of the Twentieth Century
• George W. Bush in Office
• The Road Ahead

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