Social Studies

Students study Minnesota history and its government, citizens, economics, and geography; placing the state and its people within the context of national history. They engage in historical inquiry and study events, issues and individuals significant to Minnesota history, beginning with the early indigenous people of the upper Mississippi River region to the present day.  Interpretation of graphs, tables and maps will assist students in developing content knowledge skills.

This course provides continued development of understanding and skills in the social studies disciplines: history, geography, civics, government and economics.  Students learn about people, issues and events of significance to this nation’s history from 1800 to the current era of globalization. They examine the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution and Bill of Rights, and Supreme Court decisions for their lasting impact on the American people, economy and governance structure.

This course provides continued development of understanding and skills in the social studies disciplines: history, geography, civics and government, and economics.  At this grade level, students focus on the world and its unique people and places.  A world-regional approach to studying the planet and focus on five essential questions.  How do geographers interpret and show information on maps?  How do people interact with their environment?  How did history affect these regions today?  How do economies affect life in regions today?  How do people preserve their traditional culture while adapting to modern life?