Social Studies

WORLD GEOGRAPHY - TWO CYCLE COURSE
World Geography 1- Students learn and apply map skills to publish their own World Atlas while researching and paraphrasing. The individual Atlas includes labeled maps of the world, landforms, climate, and cultural important facts. Continents studied in this course: North America, Africa, Asia.

World Geography 2- Must take World Geography 1 before this course. Students learn and apply map skills to publish their own World Atlas while researching and paraphrasing. The individual Atlas includes labeled maps of the world, landforms, climate, and cultural important facts. Continents studied in this course: Australia, South America, Europe.

CI LAW AND ORDER
This class will teach the basics of jury trials and the judicial system. Students will learn essential vocabulary as well as read age appropriate “mock” trials. The students will learn that a jury is a body of people sworn to give a verdict in a legal case on the basis of evidence submitted in court. Students will read civil trials and perform their own mock trial.

OUR STATE: NEW JERSEY
Have you ever wanted to learn more about our home state of New Jersey?! In “Our State New Jersey”, students will study the fascinating history of the Garden State! Students will learn about New Jersey’s timeline, the geography, state symbols, fun facts and more.

YOUNG ENTREPRENEURS
Students learn the basics of economics and entrepreneurship. Students use literature, media, biographies, and many projects that support creative thinking and innovation. The culminating project is the opening of a school store supported by a business plan, inventory supply, pricing, marketing, and customer service.

AFRICAN FOLKTALES
Read folktales from across Africa and map out their countries of origin. Students will engage in read-alouds and/or video presentations of African folktales such as Anansi the Spider by Gerald McDermott, The Cow-Tail Switch, Congo Boy by Mollie Clarke, Mama Panya’s Pancakes by Mary Chamberlin, and I Am Not Afraid by Kenny Mann, among others. Students will use the writing process to respond to questions and prompts about the texts, including compare and contrast the plots, main ideas, characters and elements between two folktales, in essay form. Students will also write their own folktale.

HISTORY BEYOND CURRICULUM
Students will read and/or view historical fiction and Informational text about the same historical event or era. They will compare and contrast information from the historical fiction with information gathered from informational text and other sources. Point of view of main characters and authors are explored and discussed. Academic and other vocabulary is developed through the use of context clues strategies. Students will use the writing process to write short historical fiction pieces, based on the information read and gathered.

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