Through an introduction to civics, geography, economics, and history, students will understand their roles and responsibilities as citizens within their own context. Students will also learn about their own culture and how it impacts understanding of oneself and others as well as get introduced to aspects of our national culture.
Through the study of civics, geography, economics, and history, students will understand how a community functions and how each member contributes to the community for the common good. Students will study their local community and learn about characteristics that define urban, suburban, and rural communities. Democratic principles and participation in government are introduced. Community resources, environment, change over time, and cause/effect are examined.
Through the study of geography and economics, the students’ lenses expand to learn how their world is interconnected globally. Students will develop a spatial understanding of the world around them so they can understand how other cultures and civilizations are interconnected and have influenced who we are as a community, state, and nation. United States history, world history, and civics will also be taught.
Students will study Arizona with an integrated approach, considering the contributions of various cultural and ethnic groups, including the 22 Indian Nations that reside in Arizona, the structure of the state and local governments, the roles and responsibilities as citizens of Arizona, and the economic, political, and geographic elements of the state.
Students will study the Americas (North, Central, and South America along with the Caribbean Islands) using an integrated approach considering the theories about the first peopling of the Americas, the development of Mesoamerican and South American civilizations, American Indian life in the Americas prior to European exploration, the causes and consequences of European exploration and colonization, the contributions of various cultural and ethnic groups in relation to the development of the Americas, and the roles and responsibilities as members of a society.
Students understand the history of the United States within an integrated approach considering the historic and economic events from American Revolution to Industrialism, the development and structure of the national government, the influence of immigration, the contributions of various cultural and ethnic groups to the changing social and political structure of the United States, and the roles and responsibilities as citizens of the United States.
In kindergarten, students use their senses to help them make observations about the world around them, recognizing patterns and the structures and functions of living and non-living things.
In first grade, students develop an understanding of causal relationships as they investigate how objects can impact other objects from a distance or by contact with each other. They also develop systems thinking as they investigate how organisms interact with Earth for survival and how life systems have cycles.
In second grade, students develop an understanding of systems and system models along with energy and matter. Students develop an understanding of observable properties of matter, how energy changes matter, the distribution, and role of water and wind, and how life on Earth depends on an energy source.
In third grade, students develop an understanding of systems and system models along with structure and function involving energy and matter.