• Social Study Units for the 2016-17 School Year:

    1).  Government and Leadership Overview

    Students will-
    ~Explain why people form governments. 
    ~Distinguish between government action and private action. 
    ~Explain how local governments balance individual rights with the common good to solve local community problems.  
    ~Describe how the Pledge of Allegiance reflects the core democratic value of patriotism. 
    ~Give examples of how local governments make, enforce, and interpret laws in the local 
    ~Use examples to describe how local government affects the lives of its citizens. 
    ~Distinguish between personal and civic responsibilities and explain why they are important in community life. 

    2). Geography and Environment Overview

    Students will-
    ~Construct maps of the local community that contain symbols, labels, and legends denoting human and natural characteristics of place. 
    ~Use maps to describe the spatial organization of the local community by applying concepts including relative location and using distance, direction, and scale. 
    ~Compare the physical and human characteristics of the local community with those of another community. 
    ~Describe how the local community is part of a larger region. 
    ~Describe land use in the community. 
    ~Describe the means people create for moving people, goods, and ideas within the local 
    ~Use components of culture to describe diversity in the local community. 
    ~Suggest ways people can responsibly interact with the environment in the local community. 
    ~Describe positive and negative consequences of changing the physical environment of the 
    local community. 
    ~Design and participate in community improvement projects that help or inform 
    ~Participate in projects to help or inform others.

    3). Economics Overview

    Students will-
    ~Identify the opportunity cost involved in a consumer decision.
    ~Identify businesses in the local community.
    ~Describe how businesses in the local community meet economic wants of consumers.
    ~Describe the natural, human, and capital resources needed for production of a good or service in a community.
    ~Use examples to show that people cannot produce everything they want and depend on trade with others to meet their wants.
    ~Identify services commonly provided by local governments
    ~Describe how the local community is part of a larger region.
    ~Describe the means people create for moving people, goods, and ideas within the local community.

    4). History Overview

    Students will-
    ~Demonstrate chronological thinking by distinguishing among years and decades using a timeline of local community events. 
    ~Use an example to describe the role of the individual in creating history. 
    ~Describe changes in the local community over time. 
    ~Identify a problem in a community’s past and describe how it was resolved. 
    ~Construct a historical narrative about the history of the local community from a variety of sources. 
    ~Describe how the local community is part of a larger region.