K-5 Social Studies

The Pelham Schools believe that the purpose of social studies is to help students assume their role as responsible citizens in America’s constitutional democracy and as active contributors to a society that is increasingly diverse and interdependent with other nations of the world. Students will learn to think critically, to consider all points of view, and to recognize the diversity of their nation and the global community. 

Students grow as historians from Kindergarten to Grade 12. 

Instruction focuses on: 

  1. Developing questions and planning inquiries;

  2. Applying disciplinary concepts and tools;

  3. Evaluating sources and using evidence; and

  4. Communicating conclusions and taking informed action

The K-5 Social Studies Curriculum covers the following content:


Self and Others

Grade 1

My Family and Other Families, Now and Long Ago

Grade 2

My Community and Other United States Communities

Grade 3

Communities around the World

Grade 4

Local History and Local Government

Grade 5

The Western Hemisphere


Maria Thompson
Director of Humanities, K-12


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