UNIT 1: CELEBRATING FREEDOM
Our first unit in SS will focus on important documents that helped to create and form our country. The students will closely read the National Anthem and the Pledge of Allegience to understand what the words mean. The students will think about the words in the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence. There is no test for this unit.
UNIT 2: REVIEWING GEOGRAPHY SKILLS
In our second unit of SS, the students will understand that a map and a globe are both models of the Earth, but they serve different purposes. The students will use these models to learn about the 7 continents and the 4 oceans. There is no test for this unit.
UNIT 3: LIFE IN COMMUNITIES
In our third unit of SS, the students learn that regardless of where it is around the world, a community is a place where people live, work and play. Our country is made up of many communities, some of which are big and some of which are small. All communities have some things in common, and each one is special in its own way.
UNIT 4: COMMUNITIES AND GEOGRAPHY
In our fourth unit of SS, the students will learn that communities are in different places and each has its own land, water, and weather. People use the land, water and other resources found in these communities to live and survive.
UNIT 5: GOVERNMENT IN OUR COMMUNITIES
In our fifth unit of SS, the students learn that although citizens work together to solve problems that may arise, there are also governments that work with citizens to solve problems. There is government at the local, state, and national level and each one does different things. They all work to meet the needs of people. This unit is special because we will be visiting the East Brunswick Municipal Center in the spring to learn about our local government!
UNIT 6: CITIZENS IN ACTION
In this unit of SS, the students learn that citizens get involved in their communities in many ways to make them better places to live. They vote, obey laws, and even run for office. Some people join groups to help others. Citizens who get involved help make a community a better place by volunteering their time and efforts.
UNIT 7: EARLY COMMUNITIES IN AMERICA
In this unit of SS, the students learn that Native Americans have lived in North America since ancient times and formed the first communities in America. About 400 years ago new people came from other lands and built communities in North America. People from Europe came to America to form their own communities, such as Jamestown. This move forever changed the lives of the Native Americans.
UNIT 8: PEOPLE AND CULTURE
In this unit, the students will learn that in the United States people of many cultures share music, holidays, stories, and art. Culture is an important part of our lives because it shapes our communities and our countries.
UNIT 9: PEOPLE ON THE MOVE
In this unit. the students will learn that people often move to new places to search for a better life. In the process, some people start new communities or settle with people who are similar to them. In our country people like Lewis and Clark and Sacagawea led the way for new communities in the West. Once our country was established people from around the world came to the United States in search of a better life while citizens within our country migrated from one place to another.