Social Studies

The Redcoats are coming! A lesson on the American Revolutionary War goes outside at Colonial Middle School.

The social studies curriculum provides the opportunity for every student to develop as knowledgeable and responsible citizens. Our students acquire the ability to apply 21st Century skills, like critical thinking and problem solving, contextual learning, communication, information and media literacy, creativity and collaboration, to analyze and objectively evaluate global and cultural issues through historical and current contexts. The social studies curriculum addresses content standards in the areas of civics and government, economics, geography and history.

Elementary School

In kindergarten through third grade, the social studies curriculum emphasizes citizenship and community, as well as makes connections to other subject areas, like science, through integrated hands-on project-based units. For example, the Wet-ology unit integrates geography and an understanding of wetlands for first grade students. Third graders explore their community further by studying the history of Philadelphia. In fourth and fifth grade, units feature a broad study of Pennsylvania and an integrated look at civil rights from the Constitution to contemporary American History.

Middle School

The middle school social studies curriculum emphasizes the study of early American history (peopling of the Americas to Spanish conquest), ancient civilizations of the world and United States history from colonization to 1870. Teaching and learning activities embedded in the social studies program include oral and written presentations, database and media research, field trips, videoconferencing, composition writing, cooperative and group learning and the discussion of current events.

High School

The core courses for the high school social studies curriculum include U.S. History from 1876 to the modern era, global studies, Western Civilization and U.S. Government and Law. Students motivated in social studies also choose from ten electives for a challenge, curiosity or both. 21st Century skills are integrated into all social studies courses, and high expectations for writing and projects demonstrating mastery of identified skills and knowledge are vital to the success of our students.

Hands-on technology brings social studies lesson to life

In Social Studies class at Colonial Elementary School, fifth graders made things that buzz spin or light for a unit titled "Inventions and Innovations." After learning about Thomas Edison and his creative process, teams of students brainstormed ideas and worked with simple circuits to build inventions that could help someone with a disability. Watch this video to learn more about it!

Fifth graders make a lightbulb light with a simple circuit in social studies class.

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