Welcome to the Social Studies Department!

 

Points of Pride 5 & 6 Social Studies:

“Teamwork makes the dream work”, and at Alice Buffett that is what our Social Studies department is all about…having fun while learning together as a team. 

We love welcoming our new fifth grade students into our building to start their journey as a Bobcat!  Our welcoming and nurturing environment helps to create high performing students in every class.  We are blessed to keep these students as sixth graders as well. 

Fifth grade students learn about the settling of America.   Beginning with Native people, onto the explorers, the 13 colonies and ending with the signing of the Declaration of Independence. 

In sixth grade, we begin our studies with Early Man, travel through the ancient civilizations of Egypt, Greece, Rome, Medieval Europe, West African Kingdoms, and end with the mysteries of the Inca, Aztec, and Maya civilizations and the arrival of early European explorers. 

Along the way, students learn through hands-on activities, simulations, scavenger hunts, research projects, and much more to help them understand what life was really like for our ancestors. 

Engaging lessons are the standard: 

  • Real-life connections 

  • Continual group / partner work and collaboration 

  • Unit projects 

  • Combined use of learning styles instruction  

  • Movement / music / acting 

  • Meaningful note-taking 

  • Multi-media use to enhance learning (video, games) 

  • Ability-leveled readings for all students at their comfort level 

  • Current Events discussions / activities 

  • Research / Inquiry projects 

Points of Pride 7 & 8 Social Studies:

  • Provide opportunities for students to relate current issues to historical events 
  • Promote problem solving 
  • Teach communication skills needed for discussing important and sensitive issues 
  • Look at different historical events from multiple perspectives 
  • Financial literacy lessons 
  • Learn about different holidays such as Constitution Day, Veterans Day, Thanksgiving Day, Native American Heritage Day, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Abraham Lincoln, and George Washington's Birthdays, Memorial Day 
  • Learn research skills using different data bases 
  • Examine and analyze historical primary sources 
  • Geography and mapping skills 
  • Read historical fiction novels and learn about place and time