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In Northside, our concept-based curriculum for Science and Social Studies is interactive, hands-on, engaging, exploratory, and inquiry-based. This curriculum was developed using the required state standards within each content area and is designed to help students explore and learn about the world through observation, investigation, and communication. Students will engage in scientific and engineering practices and will design solutions to real-world problems. In grades K-4, we have created a curriculum that integrates Science and Social Studies standards, along with local story lines. In grade 5, the Science curriculum is a year-long study of general Science content and the Social Studies curriculum surveys the history of the United States.

Social Studies at Nichols ES

Students are expected to apply critical‐thinking skills to organize and use information acquired from a variety of valid sources, including technology.  They will communicate in oral, visual, and written forms. 

  • First Grade - The major topics we will cover include Exploring Places, Leaders and Rules, Being an American, Holidays, Historical Figures and Culture.
  • Second Grade - We will study Geography, Our Government, Citizenship, Holidays, Historical Figures and Culture.
  • Third Grade - We will study Communities (past and present), Geography, Our Government, Citizenship, Holidays, Historical Figures, and Culture.
  • Fourth Grade - We will study Geography of Texas, American Indian Life, Exploration and Colonization of regions in Texas, the Independence and Annexation of Texas, Government structure, Texas at the end of the 19th and beginning of 20th century, and Citizenship and Culture.
  • Fifth Grade - We will study Geography of the United States, Colonial America, the American Revolution, the US Constitution and Government, Westward Expansion and Reconstruction, United States in the 20th and 21st century, and American Identity (important symbols, customs, celebrations, and landmarks that represent American beliefs and principles that contribute to our national identity)
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