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Status

Open

Estimated Completion Time

36 Weeks

Overview

The Social Studies suite utilizes a personal approach to introduce students to community and citizenship. By experiencing scaffolded instruction from kindergarten through 5th grade, students develop a firm understanding of important concepts and skills related to history, geography, and economics. The integration of recurring characters with challenges to overcome keeps students engaged and progressing. Finally, students will analyze grade-appropriate passages to reinforce reading comprehension and writing skills. In kindergarten, students learn about community and are offered an introduction to history, geography, and economics. In first grade, students develop an understanding of citizenship in the home, school, and community. Second grade focuses on the geography of North America, the impact of immigration, and the foundations of American citizenship. Third grade includes a closer look at American history and civics. This includes studying regions within the United States and the physical and cultural characteristics of Canada, Mexico, and the Caribbean Islands. In fourth grade, students explore the important people, places, and events that shaped the state in which they live. In fifth grade, students focus on American history through 1850, from Native Americans through exploration, colonization, and early American settlement.

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Course Requirements

To achieve success, students are expected to submit work in each course weekly. Students can learn at their own pace; however, “any pace” still means that students must make progress in the course every week. To measure learning, students complete self-checks, practice lessons, multiple choice questions, projects, discussion-based assessments, and discussions. Students and families are expected to maintain regular contact with teachers because, when teachers, students, and parents work together, students are successful.

Required Materials – Please view the list of materials before registering.

Major Topics and Concepts

Module 01Geography

  • 01.00 Module One Introduction
  • 01.01 On the Map
  • 01.02 Weathering the Storm
  • 01.03 People and the Environment
  • 01.04 Cultural Geography
  • 01.05 Module One Review and Discussion-Based Assessment
  • 01.06 Module One Assessment

Module 02Early Beginnings

  • 02.00 Module Two Introduction
  • 02.01 Native Americans
  • 02.02 Explorers
  • 02.03 Impact of Colonization
  • 02.04 Module Two Review and Discussion-Based Assessment
  • 02.05 Module Two Assessment

Module 03Times of Transition

  • 03.00 Module Three Introduction
  • 03.01 Nations in Control
  • 03.02 Mission Life
  • 03.03 Fort Life
  • 03.04 Conflicts
  • 03.05 Territory Transformation
  • 03.06 Module Three Review and Discussion-Based Assessment
  • 03.07 Module Three Assessment

Module 04Civil War and Reconstruction

  • 04.00 Module Four Introduction
  • 04.01 The Pioneer Life
  • 04.02 Technological Advances
  • 04.03 Becoming a State
  • 04.04 Civil War
  • 04.05 Reconstruction
  • 04.06 Module Four Review and Discussion-Based Assessment
  • 04.07 Module Four Assessment

Module 05Industrialization

  • 05.00 Module Five Introduction
  • 05.01 Chugging Along
  • 05.02 Spanish American War
  • 05.03 Making a Mark
  • 05.04 Module Five Review and Discussion-Based Assessment
  • 05.05 Module Five Assessment

Module 06A New Century

  • 06.00 Module Six Introduction
  • 06.01 Boom and Bust
  • 06.02 Troubled Times
  • 06.03 Another War
  • 06.04 Module Six Review and Discussion-Based Assessment
  • 06.05 Module Six Assessment

Module 07Modern Times

  • 07.00 Module Seven Introduction
  • 07.01 Moving Forward
  • 07.02 State Industries
  • 07.03 Tourist Time
  • 07.04 National and World Economy
  • 07.05 Module Seven Review and Discussion-Based Assessment
  • 07.06 Module Seven Assessment

Module 08Civics and Government

  • 08.00 Module Eight Introduction
  • 08.01 51 Constitutions?
  • 08.02 Seeing All the Branches
  • 08.03 State or Local?
  • 08.04 United We Stand
  • 08.05 Together We Are Stronger
  • 08.06 Module Eight Review and Discussion-Based Assessment
  • 08.07 Module Eight Assessment

Module 09Financial Literacy

  • 09.00 Module Nine Introduction
  • 09.01 Starting with the Basics
  • 09.02 Budget Time
  • 09.03 Earning Money
  • 09.04 Why Save?
  • 09.05 Money Moves
  • 09.06 Module Nine Review and Discussion-Based Assessment
  • 09.07 Module Nine Assessment

Credits 1

Competencies

  • Maps
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of maps by identifying physical and cultural features, describing the impact location has on climate and weather, and explaining distribution patterns of people and settlements.
  • Colonization
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of colonization by describing the Native American presence, explaining the impact of the early explorers, and assessing the coexistence of these two groups.
  • Building a Nation
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of building a nation by describing pre-war climate, identifying the conflicts and key individuals who supported the idea of one nation, and explaining post-war growth and its impact on nationalism.
  • Pioneers to Confederates
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of the pioneers and their alignment to the confederacy by describing their lifestyle and technological advancements, explaining how territories became states, and explaining the connection between pioneers’ beliefs and the factors which led to the Civil War.
  • Industrialization
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of industrialization by describing the impact of technological advancement on the economic development of a state, identifying key people who influenced the industrialized economy, and explaining the role immigration played in industrial and economic development.
  • Pre and Post-War Economics
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of pre and post-war economics by describing the economic conditions prior to the Great Depression, identifying key factors that led to the Great Depression and the resulting challenges, and explaining the causes of World War II and its impact on economic conditions both during and after the war.
  • Economics of States
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of economic development at the state level by describing factors that determine the likely industries to operate within a state, explaining the impact industry has on a state’s economy, explaining the role tourism plays in a state’s economy, and identifying key entrepreneurs, highlighting their role in connecting their state economy to the US and world economy.
  • Civis and Government
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of civics and government by describing the purpose of the Constitution and its connection to state government, explaining the powers associated with branches of both state and federal government, and explaining civic responsibility and the impact of community involvement.
  • Finanial Literacy
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of financial literacy by explaining basic economic concepts, income and spending factors, and the risks and rewards of credit and investing.

Pre-Requisites

None

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