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SOCIAL STUDIES PROGRAM
PS 197 follows the New York State Core Curriculum, Passport to Social Studies. This program is aligned with the New York Scope and Sequence and was developed by a team of DOE staff and teachers, in collaboration with social scientists and cultural partners. This program provides a wealth of resources for teachers to use to create high engagement with the curriculum. Social Studies is taught using a hands on, project-based approach. We incorporate project based learning including inquiry, research, centers, and the use of primary documents.
We also incorporate the reading and writing workshop into the social studies curriculum. We create centers, where students explore the core curriculum via literature and other multi-sensory media sources (maps, quotations, videos, audios, primary documents, etc). Group activities are planned along with mini-lectures. We concentrate on either answering a focus question and/or the development of content understandings.