2019-2020 School Year
This is the third year MN Statute 2014, section 12B.02 is in affect. 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. 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.
SPPS is committed to providing Social Studies learning for elementary students. Grades K-5 are expected to have Social Studies at least 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 learning 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 which include links to unwrapped units, materials, resources and lesson plans. The courses are also on SPPS Schoology - contact firstname.lastname@example.org for the access code to SPPS Elementary Social Studies on Schoology.