Social Studies

The Discovering Justice program is used in first through fourth grade. This program was designed specifically to meet the Massachusetts Frameworks for Social Studies using a literacy-based curriculum delivery method. The theme for first grade is What is a Rule? This is perfect to introduce in January as we go back over classroom agreements that were established in September but may have been forgotten over the winter vacation.
What is a Rule? teaches students to work together by thinking about laws and rules. The curriculum focuses on four central questions:  What is a rule?  Why do we need rules? Who makes the rules? What is a good reason to challenge a rule? Through literature such as Shel Silverstein’s Where the Sidewalk Ends, The Story of Ruby Bridges by Robert Coles, and King of the Playground by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor, students develop literacy skills while tackling questions relevant to their lives, their classrooms, and their country.