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Social Studies Topics of Study

2nd Grade

Possible Units of Study:

Growth Mindset
Critical Thinking
Our Community
Geography and Maps
Culture
Special Interest topics

3rd Grade

Textbook: Social Studies Alive! Our Communities and Beyond

Possible Units of Study:

Geography 
Government & Citizenship
Economics
William Penn and Early PA
 

Essential Questions:

What does citizenship mean?
How do people support a community?
How does geography impact the life of a people?
How does history influence the people? 
What are the lessons that can be learned from current events?

4th Grade: Road Trip Across the USA!

Textbook: Social Studies Alive! Regions of the Country

Possible Units of Study:

Pennsylvania
Lenni Lenape Native Americans
William Penn
Ben Franklin/Colonial Times
Regions of the United States
Special Interest Topics
Current Events 

Essential Questions:

How do diverse resources, economic and industries affect the progress and growth of a region?
How, when and why do people move?
How do natural resources determine the development of industries in a region?
What are the lessons that can be learned from current events?

5th Grade: Let's Explore Our History!

Textbook: History Alive! America's Past  

Possible Units of Study:        

Geography
Early Exploration
European Settlements
Colonial Life
Slavery
American Revolution
The Civil War
Special Interest Topics     
Current Events    

Essential Questions:  
What are the responsibilities of a good citizen?
How do we use the past to build on the future?
How does the geography of a region influence its inhabitants?
How do rules protect individual rights as well as meets the needs of society?
How and why do people move?
What are the lessons that can be learned from current events?  

6th Grade: Ancient Civilizations, Here We Come!

Textbook: History Alive! The Ancient World
 

Possible Units of Study:  
Early Humans
Mesopotamia  

Ancient Egypt
Ancient China  
Ancient India
Mesoamerica  
Current Events  

Essential Questions:  
How and why do cultures interact, develop and change?
How does geography affect the growth and development of civilization?
What are the values and beliefs that have shaped government over time?
What impact does trade/economics have on the organization and daily life of people?
What are the lessons that can be learned from current events?