Social Studies

Social Studies

At PS 130, Social Studies is taught in keeping with best practice recommendations from the
National Council of Social Studies, as well as in alignment with the New York State Social
Studies Standards. We believe that Social Studies teaching and learning is meaningful
and powerful when it focuses on deep learning of a few important topics, rather than a
superficial coverage of many topics (NCSS). We also believe that Social Studies teaching
and learning are most effective when the content is integrated across the curriculum,
connecting to all content areas, and when children are actively engaged in the process of
constructing understanding through inquiry and research.

Children at each grade level are engaged in 3-4 deep, integrated studies (Social Studies, as
well as some Science based studies) across the year, in alignment with the New York State
Social Studies Standards. Representative studies across the grades include:

  • Kindergarten: Bread; City Gardens
  • 1st Grade: Our School; Insects
  • 2nd Grade: NYC Subway System; Birds
  • 3rd Grade: Bridges; Ancient China
  • 4th Grade: Eastern Woodland Indians; Dutch New York
  • 5th Grade: Freedom vs. Slavery; Immigration

More information is available on the DOE website where they have an overview of Social Studies