Social Studies and Economics: 2019-2020


Our social studies curricula includes components that serve to develop a sense of how members in a community build respect, caring, kindness, trust, responsibility and fairness.

Emphasis is placed on awareness and appreciation of cultural diversity and developing respectful and compassionate 21st century globally aware students to exemplify the goals of our national motto:  “Out of many, come one.”

Specifically, as it relates to the introduction and exploration of cultural integration and appreciation, our curriculum supports the National Association of Gifted Children Programming Standards.

NAGC 2010 Pre-K-Grade 12 Gifted Programming Standards:


NAGC Principle Three:

3.5.1. Educators develop and use challenging, culturally responsive curriculum to engage all students with gifts and talents.
3.5.2. Educators integrate career exploration experiences into learning opportunities for students with gifts and talents, e.g. biography study or speakers.
3.5.3. Educators use curriculum for deep explorations of cultures, languages,and social issues related to diversity.
3.5. Students with gifts and talents develop knowledge and skills for living and being productive in a multicultural, diverse, and global society.


Building Community: Ideas shape a community and its identity.  Developing those ideas in a safe, respectful space is the cornerstone of a productive community

Understanding Community Economics: Marketplace and economics are avenues by which citizens serve their communities by being resourceful consumers and producers.


The Events leading up to the American Revolution: “When in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.” Included in our study is the impact of the British imposed taxes and laws that ultimately led to the American patriots rising up in protest and in defense of their desire to self-govern.

  • Taxes: The “Taxation without representation” united outcry of the patriots ultimately led to the forming of a new government, “of the people, for the people, by the people” that allows our citizen the right to say how our government uses the taxes we pay today.
  • A New Country!: The formation of our government and the three branches of government is explored as we look at the three branches of government of our democratic republic and how this form of government compares and contrasts with other forms of government including monarchy and oligarchy.

ECONOMICS: Embedded in our year-long look at community and government is the study of economics and the following economic terms:

  • consumers and producers
  • goods and services
  • needs and wants
  • scarcity
  • supply and demand
  • opportunity cost
  • resources (man-made and natural)
    money and banking
  • donation