Elementary Social Science Curriculum
Chelmsford Public Schools Kindergarten: Many Roles in Living, Learning, and Working
Together students learn about classroom democracy, local geography, the histories of United States and community traditions, and economics in the context of work and money.
Chelmsford Public Schools Grade 1: Leadership, Cooperation, Unity, and Diversity
Students learn about leadership on many levels, the meaning of citizenship, reading and making a range of map types. They explore how the concepts of unity and diversity shape life in the United States, and how people make choices about purchasing goods and services.
Chelmsford Public Schools Grade 2: Global Geography: Places and Peoples, Cultures and Resources
Students learn about global geography, looking at reasons why people settle in particular places, why they migrate, how they bring culture with them, and how they earn a living, exchange goods and services, and save for the future.
Chelmsford Public Schools Grade 3: Massachusetts, Our Home
Students study Massachusetts and New England, beginning with Chelmsford. They explore interactions among Native Peoples, European settlers and Africans, and learn about the Massachusetts people who led the American Revolution. The standards introduce students to the founding documents of Massachusetts and the United States so that they may begin to discuss and apply ideas about self-government as they help develop codes of classroom rules, rights, and responsibilities.
Chelmsford Public Schools Grade 4: North American Geography and Peoples
Students learn about North America (Canada, Mexico, and the United States) and its peoples from a geographic perspective. They learn about ancient civilizations on the continent and early European exploration as they expand map reading, mapmaking, and geographic reasoning skills introduced in grades 2 and 3. They apply concepts of how geography affects human settlement and resource use, and how the westward expansion of the United States created a modern nation of 50 states and 16 territories.