LS Social Studies
In kindergarten, students explore, synthesize and analyze topics surrounding self and family. An All About Me study includes sharing family traditions, cultural inheritance and roots.Field trips and opportunities beyond the classroom promote active observation, listening and questioning skills through shared experiences.Read alouds, projects and presentations are valuable elements to gain perspective and inclusion.
The second grade social studies curriculum creates an understanding, connection and responsibility to our community. Students work, analyze and problem solve as members of a created community. Map skills and knowledge of natural, human and geographic features is highlighted throughout the study. Community economics and political structures are introduced and examined. Civic responsibility and environmental conservations are also important concepts that students actively discuss and act upon.
Second graders will explore and study elements of our native communities. Students will use geography and mapping skills to investigate the life, culture and environment experienced by native populations in Maryland and surrounding areas. The curriculum emphasizes shared experiences and inclusion to gain an understanding from many perspectives.
The third grade focuses on developing map reading skills and exploring how communities develop, beginning with the Bullis School community and then moving onto the rich cultural diversity of the Washington, D.C., area. Activities will include field trips, creating three-dimensional maps and examining artifacts from the local area. Students will have various ways to demonstrate knowledge through writing, creating visual images and making presentations.
The fourth grade studies geographical regions of the world in order to explore the relationship between environment and societies. We examine Native American cultures to reinforce this understanding. This geographical study continues with an examination of North America, culminating in a traditional state fair. Reading comprehension, writing and the use of technology, along with many math and science connections, are integral part of this course. Research and study skills are strengthened through class projects.
Fifth grade studies history through the concepts of leadership and organizing systems. The study begins with an examination of European exploration of the New World and the founding of the United States and concludes with an exploration of early government. Both reading and writing skills are emphasized; language arts and technology are integrated on a consistent basis. Both narrative and traditional texts are used.