Social Studies, K-5
Baldwin Union Free School District's K-5 social studies program is based on the New York State Social Studies Standards, and content understandings revolving around the five themes of geography, history, economics, government and civics. In addition, we also incorporate the Inquiry Design Model (IDM) approach, which frames inquiries around a compelling question to allow for a much deeper learning experience.
Along with textual material, social studies instruction uses various strategies to engage students in the understanding of these concepts. Students are exposed to novels, non-fiction text, and primary and secondary source documents that enhance their understanding of major ideas, eras, themes, developments, and turning points in history. Students are engaged in interdisciplinary activities such as presentations, projects, interviews, and debates, as well as writing and drawing about historical events.
The social studies curriculum brings a deeper appreciation for various cultures, traditions, history, and the interdependent world in which we live, resulting in a generation of civic-minded individuals.