Social Studies

018Philosophy

The purpose in teaching the social sciences is to help students learn to appreciate themselves as children of God, to give students a basic knowledge and understanding of the relationship between themselves their family, community, state, region, nation, and the world. Finally it is to provide students with the tools to utilize this knowledge in order to develop the positive attitudes and attributes necessary to become God-pleasing models of good citizenship.

Broad Goals

From a Christ-Centered Perspective, students will:

  1. Identify important people and events in order to analyze significant patterns, relationships, themes, ideas, beliefs, and turning points in New Mexico, United States, and world history in order to understand the complexity of the human experience and God’s hand in it.
  2. Understand how physical, natural, and cultural processes influence where people live, the ways in which people live, and how societies interact with one another and their environments.
  3. Understand the ideals, rights, and responsibilities of citizenship and understand the content and history of the founding documents of the United States with particular emphasis on the United States and New Mexico constitutions and how governments function at local, state, and national levels.
  4. Thank and praise God for the gifts He has given us as families, communities, states, and countries. Understand basic economic principles and use economic reasoning skills to analyze the impact of economic systems (including the market economy) on individuals, families, businesses, communities, and governments.

Social Studies Texts and Resources:

  1. 1st and 3rd grades-Scott Foresman Social Studies, Pearson Publishing, 2005
  2. 2nd, 4th and 5th grades-Houghton Mifflin Social Studies, Houghton Mifflin-Harcout, 2005
  3. 6th grade-Prentice Hall World Explorer, Pearson Publishing, 2005
  4. 7th grade-A History of New Mexico, University of New Mexico Press, 2004
  5. 8th grade-The American Republic, Glencoe-McMillan McGraw-Hill, 2005.
  6. Kind.-Let’s Find Out, Scholastic Classroom Magazine, 2012-2013
  7. 1st-5th grade-Scholastic News Classroom Magazine, 2012-2013
  8. 6th-7th grade-God’s World News Magazine, 2012-2013
  9. 5th grade-e-word game, e-glossary, and eduplace.com/kids/hmss05
  10. 8th grade-Bill of Rights webquest, Living Room candidate, American Revolution video series, American Heritage Foundation, US History webquests.