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Social Studies

The Diocesan Social Studies Curriculum Guidelines align with the New Jersey Student Learning Standards. Students read excerpts from historical novels, textbook content, and online sources. Formative and summative assessments monitor the students’ ability to comprehend, analyze, and evaluate course content. In kindergarten through second grade, social studies is taught using an interdisciplinary approach. Social studies online and print resources are integrated in the English Language Arts curriculum. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Kids Discover is the digital online resource for the third and fifth grade classes. Fourth grade students learn about New Jersey via primary sources and the Pearson New Jersey textbook. American History is taught in grades six through eight using the Discovery Education digital real-time techbook. Technological resources include online scavenger hunts, project-based learning activities, primary source research, online formative assessments, and authentic learning opportunities through virtual field trips. Students are introduced to the foundations of business and finances through the Stock Market Game sponsored by the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (SIFMA), an independent educational organization dedicated to fostering knowledge of the financial markets. Teams from the seventh and eighth grades have placed in the top two teams of the Southern New Jersey Middle School Division for more than seven years.