Social Studies

Grade 1
  • Identifies elements of various cultures through literature, the arts, traditions and customs, recognizing that self and others share similar and different characteristics   
  • Describes similarities and differences in ways cultures meet human needs (i.e. food, clothing, shelter and family traditions)   
  • Works for the good of the classroom community, demonstrating fair play and respect for the rights and opinions of others   
  • Distinguishes among past, present and future   
  • Identifies examples of rights and responsibilities of class members and citizens working for the good of the classroom community   
  • Identifies and uses symbols to locate places of significance on maps and globes


Grade 2

  • Reads, creates and interprets a variety of maps identifying symbols used    Makes connections to the similarities and differences of multiple cultures and how it relates to own experience   
  • Places a series of related events in chronological order on a time line   
  • Identifies leaders such as Mayor, Governor and President and explains how they are elected   
  • Initiates ideas for the good of the classroom community, demonstrating fair play and respecting the rights and opinions of others


Grade 3
  • Identifies reasons for emigration, western expansion, and the Civil War, and their respective problems, solutions and sequence of events   
  • Develops map reading skills   
  • Develops research skills using multiple sources including note taking and organization   
  • Explains how the Native Americans and early pioneers used natural resources to meet their needs   
  • Identifies who, what, when, where, why and how in current events

Grade 4 
  • Learns to read and construct maps   
  • Defines and clarifies problems and ideas   
  • Evaluates and judges information related to an idea   
  • Interprets and responds to artwork, artifacts and photographs   
  • Develops and refines note taking strategies   
  • Speaks before an audience and on stage

Grade 5
  • Develops non-fiction and historical fiction reading comprehension skills   
  • Develops expository writing skills using evidence from a text   
  • Expands note taking strategies to encourage gradual move towards independence   
  • Hones critical thinking skills by considering textual evidence, bias and connections among four strands of social studies   
  • Develops research, map reading, and presentation skills
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An independent, coeducational, college preparatory day school, toddler through grade 12

Lower & Middle Schools, 5000 Clubside Rd, Lyndhurst, OH 44124
Birchwood School of Hawken, 4400 West 140th Street, Cleveland, OH 44135 

Upper School, PO Box 8002 (12465 County Line Rd), Gates Mills, OH 44040
Mastery School of Hawken, 11025 Magnolia Dr, Cleveland, OH 44106

Gries Center, 10823 Magnolia Dr, Cleveland, OH 44106

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