Social Studies


Students receive instruction in social studies throughout each of their six years at John Mills Elementary School.

In 1st grade, our students are introduced to social studies as a subject of inquiry twice a week, for a total instruction time of approximately 60 minutes.

In grades 2 and 3 the frequency of instruction increases to three times a week, for a total of approximately 90 minutes.

Social studies becomes a daily subject in grades 4-6, with our students receiving approximately 200 minutes of instruction per day.

Our curriculum is aligned with the Illinois Learning Standards for Social Science.

At each grade level our students explore the relationship between individuals and society, from friends and family to local civic institutions and global networks.

They learn how to develop questions, plan inquiries, evaluate sources, use evidence, communicate conclusions and take informed action.

Our standards-based curriculum draws on a variety of social science disciplines, including civics, geography, history, financial literacy and economics.

By the time our students move on to middle school, they have received the necessary foundation for becoming civically engaged, socially responsible, culturally aware and financially literate.