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Social Studies

Jane Losinger, Program Supervisor

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Supervisor's Message

"History is the witness that testifies to the passing of time; it illumines reality, vitalizes memory, provides guidance in daily life and brings us tidings of antiquity." – Cicero (106 BC–43 BC)

The students of Howell will spend their adult lives in the twenty-first century. The Howell Township Curriculum embraces the challenge of nurturing enlightened citizens in a rapidly-changing world. This knowledge will enable students to understand the changes that have occurred over time, as well as to recognize the conditions and forces that maintain continuity and cooperation within human societies.

Students need to understand history, institutions, ideals, values, economy, and relations with other nations in the world. In an interdependent world our students learn about the common human qualities that unite people, cultures, societies, and economic systems that prevail in other parts of the world and recognize the political and cultural barriers that divide them.

In this Age of Information, emphasis is on content coherence and on behavior that emphasizes reasoning and responsibility. Student participation is viewed as the key ingredient in meaningful learning. Cooperative learning interactions, with a variety of print and electronic sources, serve as springboards to encourage learners to question and seek answers.


The kindergarten curriculum incorporates social studies concepts related to home and family as part of a series of themed units.
The social studies units for grades 1 through 8 are listed below:
Grade Unit of Study


  • Getting Along in Our Community
  • The Global Community
  • Our Environment and Its Geography

Grade One

  • Geography, People and Cultural Environment
  • Human Rights and Governmental Structure
  • Innovative Economists

Grade Two

  • Civics and Citizenship
  • Geography, People and the Environment
  • Native Americans
  • Communities, People and Cultural Diversity
  • Economics, Innovation and Technology

Grade Three

  • Communities and Our Human Geography
  • Citizens and Government
  • Expressions of Culture

Grade Four

  • Geography
  • Natural Resources
  • Government
  • Economy
  • Regions
  • Citizenship

Grade Five

  • Native Americans/Age of Exploration
  • Colonizing America
  • Independence and a New Government

Grade Six

  • Early Human Society and Agriculture
  • Mesopotamia and the Hebrew Kingdoms
  • Ancient Egypt and Kush
  • Asian Civilizations: India and China
  • Ancient and Classical Greece
  • The World of Ancient Rome
  • The Rise of Islam
  • Medieval and Renaissance Europe

Grade Seven

  • Overview of European Colonization of America
  • English Colonies
  • American Revolution
  • Constitution and Early Republic
  • A Changing Nation
  • Civil War
  • Reconstruction

Grade Eight

  • Constitution and the Growth of a Nation
  • Immigration, Industrialization and the Progressive Era
  • World War I
  • Roaring 20’s
  • Great Depression
  • World War II
  • Holocaust and Genocide
  • Cold War
  • Civil Rights
  • Vietnam War
  • America in a Changing World