Social Studies

Welcome To Our Social Studies Page!

The River Trails District social studies curriculum is grounded in the Illinois Learning Standards and common core anchor standards. Students engage in hands-on learning designed to ensure a balance of text, multi-media and activities. A wide range of resources are used to take advantage of content from Internet sources, germinal research, and authentic historical documents.

The integrated study of the social sciences and humanities promotes civic competence. Within the school program, social science provides coordinated, systematic study of such disciplines as anthropology, economics, geography, history, law, political science, and sociology, as well as appropriate content from the humanities, mathematics and natural sciences. The study of social science helps people develop the ability to make informed and reasoned decisions for the public good as citizens of a culturally diverse, democratic society in an interdependent world.

The individual disciplines that comprise social science are often taught independently, yet all of these disciplines recognize that they owe much to the others. Students who achieve the standards for social science will have a broad understanding of political and economic systems. They will better understand events, trends, personalities and movements in local, state, national and world history. They will know local, state, national and world geography. They also will grasp how the concepts of social science can help interpret human actions and prepare them for careers and lifelong learning.

Illinois Standards Alignment

TCI In The Classrooms

Kindergarten Overview Video

First Grade Overview Video

Second Grade Overview Video

Third Grade Overview Video

Fourth Grade Overview Video

Fifth Grade Overview Video

General Program Information K-6

6th - 8th Overview 
The River Trails Middle School curriculum start with Ancient Civilizations in 6th Grade.  Students then start a two year experience in American History in 7th and 8th grades.  All grade levels use textbook and multi-media resources from Houghton Mifflin publishing.  Houghton Mifflin has partnered with the History Channel to create outstanding learning opportunities for students.


6th-8th Scope and Sequence
6th - Ancient Civilizations and 7th/8th - American History

Please click here for a copy of the scope and sequence.

Click for foundational research