Social Studies


Students receive instruction in social studies throughout each of their six years at District 401's two elementary schools, Elmwood and John Mills.

Our curriculum is aligned to 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.