Social Studies Curriculum Resources

  • Updated Spring 2021

    Kindergarten - Grade 5 Curriculum Maps

    Historical Context and Future Reference:

    In 2019, the South Carolina Social Studies College-and-Career-Ready Standards were adopted. During the 2019-20 school year, we began studying the standards and creating curriculum maps in district-wide professional learning community sessions. In the 2020 -21 school year, we began full implementation of the standards and are continuing to revise our mapping process as we learn more about how to effectively pace. We will continue to learn through district and state professional learning opportunities and will update this document based on new information.

    Standards Format

    Standard Format

    Expectations for Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment:

    The standards are organized around themes, key concepts, and deconstructed skills. The skills have either a historical, geographical, government, or economics focus (depending on grade level or course). 

    Grades 4, 5 are history-based courses and the historical thinking skills are aligned to each indicator.

    In grades 3, the course is geography-based. The indicators are aligned to the themes in geography, and the geography skills are embedded within the themes. 

    In grades, K-2, each of the four standards are aligned to a particular theme of either history, geography, government/civics or economics. 

    For each theme, teachers will incorporate the particular skills that align to the theme. 

    There are currently no state assessments in social studies for students in Grades K-5. 
     

    Social Studies Instruction

    The social studies classroom should be a place of inquiry and analysis. The discipline of history is “a way of thinking that encourages students to analyze historical evidence, evaluate it, and then demonstrate their understanding of that evidence. Teaching and learning history requires repeated practice with those essential elements of the discipline” (p. 1 SCDE standards). Discipline-specific skills are necessary across the social studies for student’s understanding of the content to be taught at each grade level. The study of history, economics, geography, and civics and government each require unique, discipline-specific practices. The identification of disciplinary skills for the social studies was critical to the development of the standards. See SCDE Website for more information.

    See skills and themes linked below:
    Historical Thinking Skills 
    Geography Skills 
    Geography Themes 
    K-2 Skills Progression for Each theme

    Kindergarten: The Community Around Us

    2019 South Carolina Social Studies Standards
    Kindergarten Alignment Guide
    Standards By Quarter Map

    Quarter

    Quarter 1

    Quarter 2

    Quarter 3

    Quarter 4

    Theme

    Civics and Government

    History

    Geography 

    Economics

    Standard

    Standard 4

    Standard 1

    Standard 2

    Standard 3

    SCDE Inquiry Themes 

    We are Citizens of our Classroom, School and Community

    We are Similar, We are Unique

    Where We Live is Special

    Our Choice Matters

     


    1st Grade: Life in South Carolina

    2019 South Carolina Social Studies Standards
    1st Grade Alignment Guide
    Standards By Quarter Map

    Quarter

    Quarter 1

    Quarter 2

    Quarter 3

    Quarter 4

    Theme

    Civics and Government

    History

    Geography 

    Economics

    Standard

    Standard 4

    Standard 1

    Standard 2

    Standard 3

    SCDE

    Themes

    We are Citizens of South Carolina

    South Carolina Then and Now

    South Carolina, Our Unique State

    Goods and Services in South Carolina


    2nd Grade: Life in the United States
    (Revised June 2021)

    2019 South Carolina Social Studies Standards
    2nd Grade Alignment Guide
    Standards By Quarter Map

    Quarter

    Quarter 1

    Quarter 2

    Quarter 3

    Quarter 4

    Theme

    Civics and Government

    Geography

    History

    Economics

    Standard

    Standard 4

    Standard 2

    Standard 1

    Standard 3

    SCDE

    Inquiry Themes

    E Pluribus Unum "Out of Many, One"

    "From Sea to Shining Sea"

    The United States, Then and Now

    Economics and Personal Finance

     

    3rd Grade: World Geography (Revised June 2021)

    2019 South Carolina Social Studies Standards
    3rd Grade Alignment Guide
    Standards By Quarter Map

    Quarter

    Quarter 1

    Quarter 2

    Quarter 3

    Quarter 4

    Standard

    Standard 1

    Standards 2 & 3

     (Stand. 3 aligns to science)

    Standard 4

    Standard 5

    Key Concept

    Map Skills and the Earth’s Features

    Environment and People

    (for Standards 2 & 3)

    Culture and Economy

    Exploration and Migration

    SCDE

    Inquiry Themes

    Map Skills and Earth's Features

    Environment and People

    Natural Disasters

    Culture

    Economy

    Exploration and Migration

     

    4th Grade: United States and South Carolina Studies Part I (Revised June 2021)

    2019 South Carolina Social Studies Standards
    4th Grade Alignment Guide
    Standards By Quarter Map

     

    Quarter

    Quarter 1

    Quarter 2

    Quarter 3

    Quarter 4

    Standard

    Standard 1

    Standard 2

    Standard 3

    Standards 4 & 5

    Key Concept

    Colonization

    A New Nation

    Expansion and Sectionalism

    A Divided Nation &

    Rebuilding

    SCDE

    Inquiry Lessons

    Settling the Colonies

    The Road to Independence


    American Revolution

    A New Nation

    Westward Expansion

    Technology and Sectionalism 



    Causes of the Civil War

    The Civil War Begins

    Reconstruction

     

    5th Grade: United States and South Carolina Studies Part II 

    2019 South Carolina Social Studies Standards
    5th Grade Alignment Guide
    Standards By Quarter Map

    Quarter

    Quarter 1

    Quarter 2

    Quarter 3

    Quarter 4

    Standard

    Standard 1

    Standard 2

    Standard 3

    Standards 4 & 5

    Key Concept

    Expansion and Migration

    Federal Expansion

    America as a World Leader

    Social Changes &

    Modern America

    SCDE

    Inquiry Themes

    Movement

    Economic Expansion

    Role of Government


    America in World War II


    Impact of World War II

    Social Changes


    Global Connections

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