Humanities for All Grades


Each grade level has its own Humanities strand. Humanities understandings basically come from the New York State standards in Social Studies, Language Arts, and the Arts.

Sociology is the first grade study of their community and social units of family, class, neighborhood, and city. Economics in second grade leads to exploration of the needs, wants, interdependence and resources of the community - both in colonial times and in the present. Third graders explore concepts of Jurisprudence in the community-civics, laws, responsibility, fairness, and authority through guest speakers, class readings and discussions, and more. Fourth graders learn to philosophize - that is, to think clearly, logically, using oral and written language to understand and be understood as they use comparison and contrast, nuance, figures of speech, words with more than one meaning, and much more- through poetry, literature, and discussion. Fifth graders use all previous humanities strands as they explore Historical Perspectives Through Literature - learning to see from other perspectives in other time periods.

Humanities is everywhere: literature, history, the history of ideas, social studies, and the sciences.

Grade level humanities projects integrate various content areas- social studies, language arts, visual arts, vocal music. Projects take many forms- dramatic presentations or performances , cross-grade level connections, and gallery exhibits. Service projects to help our school community, local community, or world-wide community often make great humanities experiences. Even math and science can become humanities and arts integrations!