Elementary Social Studies Curriculum

Links to the framework and skills for all elementary grades or by individual grades are available below. Click on the name of the curriculum for a brief description.

  

 

 

 Grade 

 

Resources 

 

Status/Textbook

Kindergarten - Grade 1

Curriculum: Self, Home, School and Neighborhood with Connections to Larger Spheres when Appropriate

Kindergarten

 

Grade 1

 

 

Adopted 1994

Grade 2

Curriculum: Anchorage Past and Present

Grade 2

Grade 2 Moodle (2nd Social Studies)

Centennial iBook

 

Adopted 2013

Grade 3

Curriculum: Alaska Geography and History

Grade 3

 

 

Adopted 1994

Grade 4

Curriculum guide: Western Hemisphere History and Geography

Grade 4 

Grade 4 Moodle  (Intermediate)

 

Adopted 2010

Grade 5

Curriculum guide: United States History: Colonization to Civil War

Grade 5

Grade 5 Moodle  (Intermediate)

 

Adopted 2010

 

Grade 6

Curriculum guide: Conflicts and Cooperation in the 20th Century

Grade 6

Grade 6 Moodle  (Intermediate)

 

Adopted 2010

 

Elementary Social Studies Content Overview K-1

Self, Home, School, Neighborhood With Connections to Larger Spheres When Appropriate

 

The focus in these grades is on developmentally appropriate skills and content in connection with the things students encounter in their daily lives. Comparing and contrasting here with far away and now with long ago will introduce geographic and historical dimensions to students. Core themes introduced include the ideas of justice, responsibility, diversity, conflict/cooperation, property, place, human/environment relationships, location, participation, authority, and freedom. The program is tied closely to literature and the language arts. Social studies instruction is presented when learner readiness for the ideas is appropriate.

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Elementary Social Studies Content Overview grade 2

Anchorage Past & Present

 

Students in the second grade will learn about the Municipality of Anchorage, past and present. This study features the cultural diversity of Anchorage. Students learn about the men and women who have helped to shape the community. Geography and history serve as the core of the program with emphasis upon corresponding skills and themes. Students interpret and create maps and timelines.

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Elementary Social Studies Content Overview grade 3

Alaska Geography and History

 

Third grade students examine the state's history. The year begins with a geographic study of the state and then examines the history and cultures of the first Alaskans. The historical and cultural emphasis upon Alaska natives dominate the program for the first semester. With cross-cultural contact from the west and the east, Alaska's history changed. During the second semester, students examine the history of the economy, government, natural resources, people, and other elements important to understanding Alaska's story.

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Elementary Social Studies Content Overview grade 4

Western Hemisphere History and Geography

 

Students build upon geography knowledge and skills as a basis for study of the Americas and beyond. Ancient civilizations and indigenous peoples of the Americas are introduced through geography, historiography, economics, government, civics, and the humanities. The last quarter offers multiple perspectives on “exploration and encounters”, leading to further study of U.S. history in 5th and 6th grades.

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Elementary Social Studies Content Overview grade 5

United States History: Colonization to Civil War

 

In this course, students are introduced to historiography, geography, economics, government, civics, and the humanities as a basis for examining the history of the United States. This course provides a foundation for student examination of Colonization and Settlement (National Center for History in the Schools or NCHS national standards: American historical Era 2) through Civil War (NCHS American historical Era 5).

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Elementary Social Studies Content Overview grade 6

Conflicts and Cooperation in the 20th Century

 

In this course, students are introduced to more complex economic concepts in order to add that lens to their studies of history and understanding of their own lives. Students study 20th century U.S. history through a thematic approach that includes immigration & migration, human rights, and conflict & cooperation. The various lenses of historiography, civics, geography, economics, government, civics, and the humanities continue to be employed.

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