"History is the witness that testifies to the passing of time; it illumines reality,
vitalizes memory, provides guidance in daily life and brings us tidings of antiquity."
The goal of the Flemington-Raritan Social Studies Program is to instill in students the civic values necessary for fulfilling the duties of citizenship in a participatory democracy. The program emphasizes a hands-on, developmentally-appropriate approach that actively engages students through analysis of historical artifacts and documents, simulations, relating events of the past to the present and access to the media technologies.
- Grades K-2: The Kindergarten, first, and second-grade curricula provide the foundation for social studies skills and topics. The units focus on the groups of which students are a part and celebrates the uniqueness and similarities of each. Kindergarten units include maps and globes, sharing and giving, my family, my school and me, Celebration of Lights, and historical individuals. First Grade units include families, me and my community, holidays and traditions and natural resources. Second grade extends the concepts introduced in first grade. Second-grade units include geography, communities, Colonial Times to today, and historical biographies.
- Grades 3-4: The third-grade curriculum focuses on communities and citizens of the community. Units include geography and map skills, people of our community, including the Lenni Lenape, local government, and fiscal responsibility. The primary resource used in the third-grade curriculum is the History Alive Program. This program invites children to participate in interactive, historical simulations that engage students in the study of geography, local government, and community. The fourth-grade curriculum focuses on the branches of government within the United States and New Jersey. Units include regions of the United States, federal and state government, immigration, and learning about New Jersey. The primary resource uses at the fourth-grade level is the Scott Foresman New Jersey Regions textbook along with various trade books that support instruction.
- Grades 5-8-: The challenges of the 21st century are complex. They have global implications and are connected to people, places, and events of the past. Social studies education is uniquely poised to help students meet these 21st Century challenges. The mission of social studies education is to provide learners with the knowledge, skills, and perspectives needed to become active, informed citizens and contributing members of local, state, national, and global communities. In the middle grades, students build upon the foundational concepts of government, citizenship, geography, economics, culture, and history that they acquired in elementary school. They begin to analyze the implications of government structures and economic policies for individuals, communities, and nations. Through the study of migratory patterns, human-environment interaction and belief systems (that in the past led to both cooperation and conflict among people), students come to understand the significance of cultural transmission in today’s global society.
- In 5th grade, the curriculum focuses on the study of early American history. The course is divided into five units which include: Native American Lands and Cultural Regions, Exploration and Settlement of the New World (Pre 1600), Colonial America, The American Revolution and The United States Constitution. The primary resource used is the History Alive! Social Studies Alive! America's Past.
- In 6th grade, students study the dawn of civilization learning about our earliest human ancestors and their adaptations to their environment. They learn about the characteristics of civilization and how these characteristics appear in the world’s earliest empires. By comparing different belief systems and economic, political and socials structures, students develop a broad view of the ancient world and human culture.
- In 7th grade, students build upon their understanding of the ancient world to investigate the world. Beginning with the fall of the Roman Empire and the development of Medieval Europe, the units of study launch students to compare the role religion, trade, economics and technology played in the development of societies. Throughout the year, students explore the vast variety of human beliefs and cultures in the past while at the same time recognizing shared human qualities among people from different parts of the world.
- In 8th grade, students will examine content such as: European discovery of the Americas, Colonization, Native American and Colonial relations, causes and effects of the American Revolution, the creation of the Constitution, Manifest Destiny, the growing divide between the North and the South, the Civil War and Reconstruction. These, and other events in American history occurring between the 1600's and the mid-1800's, will be examined to express to students the growth and changes the United States of America experienced in this time period. This course encompasses history, economics, politics, geography and culture along with various other fields within the Social Studies discipline. The curriculum of this course is designed to promote paramount academic skills including: critical thinking abilities, document analysis, communication abilities. historical research, the ability to compare/contrast perspectives, the use of technology, reconstruct historical timelines, engage in debates, assess the impact the Founding Fathers of the United States had, and still have, on the U.S, and gather evidence of America's emerging national identity as reflected in its geography, politics, art, music and literature.
(Adapted from NJCCCS for Social Studies)