Elementary Social Studies
As noted by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, the 2018 History and Social Science Framework “includes features designed to help students develop the skills to participate in and perhaps lead a society that will be more demographically and culturally diverse than any democratic society of the past.”
Hopkinton’s elementary students will participate in a social studies curriculum that is aligned to the DESE Framework; over the course of their elementary experience, students will be introduced to the fundamental principles of liberty, justice, and equality. Included in our units of study, especially in grades 4 and 5, will be a more robust foundation in history and government, with standards that address the Civil War, Reconstruction, and the 20th century Civil Rights movement, in addition to standards that travel further back in history to the American Revolution and the early Republic.
At all grade levels K-5, the study of history and social sciences will emphasize the skills of formulating questions, conducting research, evaluating sources, and synthesizing information. In addition, our students will spend time thinking analytically, reading varied texts, writing in response to the texts, and learning the basics of other topics addressed in the Framework such as economics and civic engagement. As noted in the MA Standards for Literacy in History and Social Sciences, students will deepen their understanding of the concepts that are introduced over the course of the year through reading, writing, listening, and speaking; in addition, students will sharpen their ability to analyze information and craft logical arguments that are supported with evidence.
An emphasis on the Standards for History and Social Science Practice (rather than emphasis on memorizing “content” ) will support our students’ growth, development, and understanding of the big ideas in each unit of study.