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The aim of Social Studies is the promotion of civic competence – the knowledge, intellectual processes, and democratic dispositions required of students to be active and engaged participants in public life.  Civic ideals and practices enable students to learn about the rights and responsibilities of citizens of a democracy, and to appreciate the importance of active citizenship. 

District 103, in partnership with neighboring districts, has begun the revision of the Social Studies curriculum which currently reflects the Illinois Social Studies Standards. The revision process is being guided by the newly issued College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Framework, and is supported by the Illinois State Board of Education. To view the entire document that explains the C3 Framework, please visit: http://www.socialstudies.org/c3

Three interchangeable units span the entire school year: 

My Classroom and Me

The child’s own emerging development as a learner is supported and expanded to his/her civic responsibility within the context of a classroom setting.  Learners will experience ways in which people in democratic classrooms organize as a group (team) to cooperate and resolve issues for the purpose of establishing order (helping to set classroom expectations), safety (rules) and seeking social justice (respect and fairness). They learn to use maps, globes and other geographic tools.  They also express interest in and concern for the use and misuse of the physical environment. Learners can become more effective problem-solvers and decision-makers when they are challenged with the responsibility of being civic-minded stewards within their school community 

My School Community

Young learners develop their personal identities in the context of their families, peers, and school community.  Central to this development are the exploration, identification, and analysis of how individuals and groups are alike and how they are unique, as well as how they relate to each other in supportive and collaborative ways.  Students identify with those institutions that they encounter.  They analyze how their school community operates, gain knowledge of important people and their roles within the school community and find ways that will help them contribute more effectively in their relationships within the institution. Students will hone personal skills such as demonstrating self-direction when working towards and accomplishing personal goals, and making an effort to understand others and their beliefs, feelings, and needs.

My Family and other Groups

Young learners draw upon immediate personal experiences in their neighborhoods, towns, cities and states, as well as peoples and places distant and unfamiliar, to explore geographic concepts and skills..  Studying the past makes it possible for us to understand the human story across time.  Children in early grades learn to locate themselves in time and space.  They gain experience with sequencing to establish a sense of order and time, and begin to understand the historical concepts that give meaning to the events that they study.  The use of stories about the past can help children develop their understanding of ethical and moral issues as they learn about important events and developments.

The above units were selected and created by District 103 teaching staff.


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