Eighth Grade Social Studies

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Integrated with Language Arts in Middle School Humanities program. Focus: U.S. Constitution, Westward Expansion, Civil War, Reconstruction, Civil Rights Movement, Criminal Justice, Poverty. Literature: “The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian,” “Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave,” nonfiction books centered around themes of injustice, “House on Mango Street,” “American Born […]

Seventh Grade Social Studies

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Course content is interdisciplinary with language and literacy. This is a world history survey class that focuses heavily on a study of belief systems. FOCUS: Regions: Korea, West Africa, Europe and the Holocaust. CONCEPTS: Identity, Communism, Capitalism, Democracy, Imperialism, Anti-Semitism, Borders, Conflict, and White Supremacy. ROUTINES: Geography investigations, thinking routines, critical thinking activities, note-taking, research, […]

Sixth Grade Social Studies

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Integrated with language and literacy in a humanities course. FOCUS: democracy, social justice and civic engagement; interaction of peoples and communities throughout time; ancient river valley civilizations. ROUTINES: observing and analyzing patterns and themes between peoples and time periods; comparing and contrasting; map studies; taking notes; analyzing multiple perspectives; using primary and secondary sources. TEXTS: […]

Fifth Grade Social Studies

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FOCUS: Application of careful research and imagination to understand United States history; multiple perspectives, service learning at St. Gregory’s Food Pantry. CONCEPTS: Historical empathy; the story of the development of a nation; Native American cultures and geography; ongoing encounters between Native Americans and European-American colonists; United States slavery; the promises of the Declaration of Independence; […]

Fourth Grade Social Studies

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Focus: Geography of California, Native Americans in California, European expansion into California and the Americas, social change in the the 1960s and 1970s. Concepts & Skills: Causes of migration into and within California; social, political, economic and cultural forces that shaped the lives and interactions among people from the pre-Colombian societies through the 1970s; creating […]

Third Grade Social Studies

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Focus: San Francisco, communities, culture, geography and diversity. Concepts and Skills: People and their community. Identify the similarities and differences in communities around the world; locate and map local community in relation to the world; understand the historical significance of individuals who have helped make a difference in their community; using nonfiction text to gain […]

Second Grade Social Studies

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Concepts: Personal identity and role within a community: How can I help my classroom community? How can I help my school community? How can I help my neighborhood community? Skills: Practice strategies for effective interpersonal communication (listening and speaking) and conflict resolution; Learn shared social emotional vocabulary to support relationships; Ask and answer questions to […]

First Grade Social Studies

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Focus: Friendship; food; post office. Concepts: Community; interdependence. Skills: Understanding roles, routines and communication within a community; how we rely on others; exploring cultural customs and traditions; recognizing ways in which culture influences people’s habits and living patterns; identifying symbols, events and customs of various cultures. Highlight: Running a school post office.

Kindergarten Social Studies

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Focus: Self and others in the school and the neighborhood; how is my family similar or different from others?; how is my world affected by the past? Concepts: People’s jobs and their societal importance including the tools they use; diversity in the classroom and world; why change occurs as time passes. Skills: Similarities and differences […]

Social Studies Summary

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The Social Studies curriculum at Live Oak explores the relationships that affect and define people and place over time.  Students begin with their own personal experiences, then reference that understanding in exploring the more abstract experiences of the distant past or faraway places. Concept-driven investigations at all grade levels encourage students to see patterns and […]