Social Studies

Social Studies

The goal of social studies instruction at Provident Charter School is to develop informed, productive, and responsibly engaged citizens who are able to actively participate in an interdependent, globally diverse, democratic society. Students are engaged in an inquiry-based approach that examines rich historical questions through the lenses of civics, economics, geography, and history. Students examine the historical context that creates differing points of view with the intention of understanding multiple perspectives.

Grades 2-5

Social studies instruction at Provident Charter School is focused on developing critical thinkers with a globally diverse mindset that recognizes the unique challenges of our increasingly interdependent world. Students explore topics through an inquiry approach, utilizing the four strands of civics, economics, geography, and history as distinct lenses through which to examine compelling questions. A strong focus is placed on gathering and evaluating sources, developing claims and using evidence, and collaborating with peers to communicate findings. Students build upon this knowledge and take action with performance tasks designed to foster civic engagement and responsibility. The National Council for Social Studies (NCSS) themes identified below are interwoven throughout the grade-level units of study.

Sample Grade 2 Units

      • Maps and Globes/Landforms
      • Community Studies¬†
      • Economics
      • Citizenship and Government

Sample Grade 3 Units

      • Geography Tools
      • Pennsylvania History
        • Social, cultural, economic contributions from Pennsylvania
        • Historical documents and artifacts critical to Pennsylvania
        • How conflict and change have impacted Pennsylvania

Sample Grade 4 Units

      • United States Studies
      • Basic Geography
      • Rights and Responsibilities of Citizenship
      • Scarcity and Choice
      • Government

Sample Grade 5 Units

      • United States History
      • Pennsylvania History
      • Exploration and Migration of the Americans
      • Early European Colonies

Grades 6-8

McGraw Hill Voices and Perspectives
The Voices and Perspectives program for grades 6-8 is constructed around thought-provoking questions that prompt students to engage in profound reflection on diverse viewpoints surrounding contemporary and historical events. Through a range of multimedia resources, students access interactive primary and secondary sources specifically tailored to foster critical analysis of the past while promoting connections with present-day events.

Sixth Grade Social Studies Curriculum: Ancient Civilizations
At PCS, the Ancient Civilizations course unravels the mysteries and wonders of ancient civilizations from Mesopotamia to Ancient Greece. Throughout this academic adventure, sixth-grade students will embark on a captivating exploration of the cradle of civilization, the birthplace of writing, and the origins of complex societies. From the mighty rivers of Mesopotamia to the architectural marvels of ancient Egypt, and onwards to the classical world of Ancient Greece, this course will trace the development of cultures, religions, political structures, and innovations that have laid the foundation for our understanding of human history. Through engaging lessons, hands-on activities, and interactive discussions, students will not only gain a deeper appreciation for the ancient world but also hone their analytical and critical thinking skills.

Sample Ancient Civilization Units

      • Ancient South Asia and East Asia, Greece, and Rome
      • Medieval Europe
      • Exploration and Colonization
      • The Industrial Revolution and Mass Society
      • World War I and II
      • The Cold War

7th / 8th Grade Course 1: US Civics
At PCS, the U.S. Civics course is a compelling exploration into the heart of our nation’s governmental structures, civic responsibilities, and the fundamental principles that shape the United States. Over the course of the year, students will delve into the intricacies of our democratic system, understanding the roles of government branches, the rights and responsibilities of citizens, and the historical foundations that have shaped the American political landscape including landmark Supreme Court cases. Through engaging discussions, critical analysis of historical events, and interactive activities, students will not only gain a comprehensive understanding of U.S. Civics but also develop the skills necessary to be informed, active, and responsible citizens in our diverse and dynamic society.

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Sample Civics and Economics Units

      • Federalists and Anti-Federalists
      • The Preamble
      • The US Constitution
      • Three Branches of Federal Government
      • Citizenship
      • The US Supreme Court

7th / 8th Grade Course 2: US History
At PCS, the U.S. History course will lead students on a journey that explores the rich tapestry of America’s past from the Era of Colonialism to the Progressive Era. This course is a dynamic exploration of the key events, influential figures, and transformative ideas that have shaped the United States into the nation it is today. From the early encounters between Native Americans and European settlers to the birth of a revolutionary spirit, the expansion westward, the challenges of the Civil War, and the transformative era of progressivism, we will examine the diverse and interconnected threads of history that have woven the fabric of our nation. Through engaging lessons, insightful discussions, and immersive activities, students will not only gain a comprehensive understanding of the chronological sequence of historical events but also develop critical thinking skills to analyze the forces that have shaped our collective identity.

Sample United States History Units

      • The First Americas
      • The Declaration of Independence
      • The Constitution of the United States
      • Division and Civil War
      • World War II
      • Civil Rights and American Society