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Social Studies Pre-K-12

At the heart of our society lives social studies - whether it's history, geography, civics or everything in between. Social studies helps us look at what has happened in our past, and how it's has played a part in shaping our current society and world. 

In grades 3-5, your child will take a look at different aspects of social studies using an inquiry based approach. 

  • Grade 3 Humanities UnitIn this inquiry based unit, students will discover how Manchester has developed and changed over time by generating research questions and creating a final artifact for "a living museum".

    Teachers will support students as the class creates an interactive timeline throughout the unit that illustrates how Manchester has changed over time.  A part of this unit includes a walking tour of Manchester.

  • Grade 4 Humanities UnitIn this unit of study, students will be engaged in learning about various regions across the United States. This unit personalizes student learning by allowing for choice, research and creative presentation styles. Teachers will be modeling both inquiry and research process using the Northeast Region. Students will be given the choice of a region to investigate and the format for which to demonstrate their learning. Students will be responsible for keeping a log which will include their research, and evidence. Students may present their learning through a beautification brochure, a tour guide experience using Google maps, a tourism commercial, a photo essay that describes the "beauty of this place", etc.
 
  • CT's Kid Govenor (Grade 5) - The CT's Kid Govenor is a 5th grade unit that explores the different branches of government, and illustrates how elections work. It also looks at how Connecticut residents of all ages can choose to participate in our democratic society by nominating and electing a kid govenor. This unit will be a vehicle for teaching students civic skills and community mindedness.
  • Grade 5 Humanities UnitIn this inquiry based unit, students will discover why independence was important to the American colonies by generating questions and creating an interactive timeline. Students will select a topic/event of interest and choose from a menu of ideas how they will display their new learning and will present their learning to an identified audience.

 

Overview of focus and themes for grades 6, 7 & 8:

  • Grade 6 - Looking at World Regional Studies
  • Grade 7 - Looking at World Regional Studies
  • Grade 8 - Looking at Early American History

Illing Middle School has partnered with the University of CT - NEAG School of Education to support personalize learning, beginning with the social studies and accelerated reading classes, using a school-wide enrichment model for the 2017-18 school year

 

In grades 9 - 12, your child will look at the world today, and how it has been impacted by the events of the recent past.

  • Grade 9 - Roots of Civilization
  • Grade 10 - Modern World History
  • Grade 11 - Modern US History
  • Grade 12 - Civics (requirement), and electives offered in various other areas of social studies 

Manchester History Day

Each year, Manchester High School hosts students, teachers and volunteers from throughout Greater Hartford and Eastern Connecticut for our annual Manchester History Day contest.  Our Manchester contest is the first step for students participating in the National History Day program, an opportunity for students to explore connections between the past and present through engaging in primary research, serving as a qualifier for the Connecticut History Day state contest.  All juniors at Manchester High School participate in this self-guided inquiry-based research experience by completing a History Day project in their US History or American Studies course.  
 
Location: Manchester High School, 134 East Middle Tpke. Manchester, CT
Date: TBD
Manchester Public Schools 45 North School St, Manchester, CT 06042

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