Grade 1 Social Studies

The first grade social studies program emphasizes students’ connections to others in Massachusetts, the United States, and to the world at large. The students are introduced to our year long study of Massachusetts’ Native Americans, the Wampanoag people, as they lived over 400 years ago as well as how they live today. Throughout the year, the first grade focuses on the many Wampanoag beliefs, customs, and social structures. The students learn about the celebrations and holidays that we observe as citizens of the United States such as Labor Day, Columbus Day, Veterans Day, Thanksgiving, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Presidents’ Day, Earth Day, and Memorial Day. They focus on their role as members of a society and their responsibilities to their country and planet.

Our first grade students will:

  • participate in social competency discussions
  • develop communication and interpersonal problem-solving skills
  • work cooperatively in group
  • develop a basic understanding of the Wampanoag society and culture
  • use mapping skills
  • understand growth and change in communities
  • appreciate, understand, and respect others
  • appreciate and participate in cultural, religious, and national observances (Diwali, Hanukkah, Christmas, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Veterans Day)
  • identify great leaders and the meaning of leadership
  • understand the meaning behind our national holidays