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Social Studies

Third and fourth graders take Humanities, an interdisciplinary course combining social studies and language arts that allows students to strengthen essential skills while delving deeper into the subjects.

Third graders study how identity, culture, geography and history shape a community. Tapping into their sense of play, students embark on “detective” units, becoming “geography detectives” or “community detectives”, etc., to investigate how various factors impact our society.

Topics of study in fourth grade include community, geography, and the history of Manahatta and early government. Social justice and identity are dominant threads as students explore the connections between history and literature.

Fifth grade social studies looks at the early history of America, democracy, civics and immigration. The class is discussion-driven and project-based, with students engaging in hands-on assignments such as the writing of their own legislation, or the creation of their own books.