To provide responsive instruction and relevant content to meet the learning needs of SPPS students.
We strive to provide quality learning of historical thinking, geographic inquiry, civic inquiry, and economic analysis based on MN State Standards for Social Studies, multiple narratives, absent narratives, and counter-narratives for students K-12.
Elementary Social Studies and Blended LearningUnder SPPS's Well-Rounded Education (WRE) elementary students can expect 90 minutes per week for Social Studies.Grades K-3 use Seesaw and Grades 4-5 use Schoology for the delivery of lessons that utilize in-class interaction and the iPad.All lessons and activities constructed by the SPPS Social Studies Department use the Ignite-Chunk-Chew-Review format from Culturally Responsive Teaching and the Brain. The lessons utilize culturally relevant materials and resources, including children's literature.The Seesaw activity links and Schoology lessons are stored in SPPS OTL: Elementary Curriculum Resources - please contact email@example.com for the group join code.Citizenship Test AlignmentThis is the fifth year MN Statute 2014, section 12B.02 is in effect. This state statute requires all students to take the Citizenship Test (50 questions) at some point in high school before graduation. The Learning Law and Democracy Foundation worked with teachers across the state to choose the 50 questions, 30 of which students must be able to answer correctly by the time they graduate: The test does not affect a student's ability to graduate. In SPPS, students will be taking the test as part of their high school Government course. However, much of the learning for the questions begins in elementary Social Studies. In the summer of 2017, teachers from Grades 1-5 worked together to create anchor lessons to support learning concepts and content that first appear in elementary grades and support student success in participating in the Citizenship Test, in high school. You can expect to find lessons linked in your grade level units that support student learning for the Citizenship Test.MN Statutes 2014, section 12B.02:SPPS is committed to providing Social Studies learning for all elementary students.Grades K-5 are expected to have Social Studies at least 2-3 times per week for 30-45 minutes.Grades K-3 are Foundations of Social Studies that focus on Civics, Economics, Geography and History.This foundational learning scaffolds the content for Grade 4 North America Geography and Grade 5 Early Americas History (Indigenous Peoples - 1800). Elementary Social Studies directly scaffolds students for middle school Social Studies, which prepares students for success in high school Social Studies.The Year-at-a-Glance (YAG) for each grade can be accessed through the links below. The YAGs share the basic road map and standards covered for the year in each grade.
SPPS is committed to providing Social Studies instruction and learning based on MN State Standards and multiple narratives.The Year-at-a-Glance (YAG) for each course can be accessed through the links below. The YAGs which include links to unwrapped units and scope and sequence. Course materials, resources, and lesson plans are on SPPS Schoology - contact firstname.lastname@example.org for the access code to SPPS Secondary Social Studies on Schoology.
Global Studies 8 YAG (2020)World History YAG (2020)Human Geography CAG (2022)
SPPS Social Studies Requirements for Graduation = 16 (changes to 14 credits SY22-23)
World History, one full year, four credits
Human Geography, one full year, four credits (Graduating classes of 2022, 2023, 2024)
Human Geography, one semester, two credits starting (Graduating class of 2025 and beyond)
U.S. History, one full year, four credits
Economics, one semester, two credits
Government, one semester, two credits
Resources for Teachers and Administrators: To access the information linked, please sign in to your SPPS Apps Account using your active directory.
Electives & Studies
SPPS Social Studies is committed to students having the opportunity to delve deeper into Social Studies disciplines through a wide variety of electives. Each school is able to determine which electives to offer in their course registration catalogue and which electives to schedule based on student interest.
All courses below have a course number, syllabus, course-at-a-glance, unwrapped units and a Schoology group.
Abilities Studies: Deconstructing Normal (offered only at Bridgeview)
Hmong-American Studies (Harding, Washington Technology only)
In These Times