Social Studies

5th Grade Social Studies

Students in Grade 5 are engaged in a year-long research- and project-based comprehensive study of the political, social, economic and geographic history of the Americas.  Major topics covered include early human migration into North America, Native Americans, Early Explorers, Colonial Life, and the American Revolution. Classwork and homework focus on hands-on learning, small-group research projects and multi-media presentations, with emphasis on writing for about non-fiction texts, using claims, finding evidence, and using content vocabulary.  

6th Grade Social Studies

Sixth graders study world cultures through the lens of geography. Students will focus on: the themes of geography, location, land & water forms, world culture and the study of the continents and individual countries of the world. Methods of research will be practically employed through projects and investigations related to geography. Effective writing techniques using claim/evidence methods will be incorporated into the curriculum in accordance with the common core. Reading for information and oral presentations will be integrated into the aforementioned activities, also in alignment with the common core.

7th Grade Social Studies

Seventh graders pick up where their fifth grade classes left off, starting with the French and Indian war, including the study of local history. The continue studying America’s.  Students will work on several projects throughout the year that will require them to incorporate technology into their curriculum. Students will also work on developing and implementing different writing techniques throughout their studies, continuing to use the skills developed in the lower grades for informational writing.  

8th Grade Social Studies

Eighth graders will continue their study of US History.  Students will study historical events from the Industrial Revolution to the Age of Imperialism. Throughout the year students will prepare for their trip to Washington, D.C., reviewing some of the major events in US History, and the history behind some of the venues that they will visit.   


**All grades are currently undergoing major shifts, as teachers are working to adapt the new History/Social Studies Frameworks approved by the Massachusetts DESE in June 2018.  




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