The Social Studies curriculum at South Buffalo Charter School is aligned to the New York State Social Studies Standards and the New York State Common Core Standards for Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science, and Technical Subjects. The Social Studies teachers continue to collaborate with the English Language Arts and Mathematics teachers by supporting the CCLS in ELA and Math to improve the quality of reading, writing and mathematics instruction. The Social Studies Programs allow teachers to differentiate instruction to meet the needs of all students as well as promote an understanding of the social studies-literacy connection.
The Social Studies curriculum helps students to reflect on and actively engage in the knowledge, ethics, skills, and habits of the mind needed to become active citizens of local communities and of the world. The curriculum works to develop an understanding of people’s way of life, language, customs, arts, belief systems, traditions, and culture as they evolved over time. Additionally, students will acquire greater understanding of the complex purposes and features of individuals and groups with respect to issues of power and government; as well as the role of resources, production and use, technology, and trade on economic systems. Lastly, the curriculum also develops a world view through the study of people of the past and the present, and helps to develop critical thinking skills.
Kindergarten and first grade utilize NYS aligned thematic units. Intermediate grades use the McGraw-Hill Social Studies program as a research based resource to serve as the foundation of the Social Studies curriculum. Middle School uses a combination of Prentice Hall Social Studies and many additional aligned supplements to support the delivery of the Social Studies curriculum.