Scope and Sequence of Elementary Heritage Studies

Heritage Studies 1

Focus

Developing a Christian worldview of the family, community, jobs, land, and the United States

Geography

Types of land and water, continents and oceans; Globes and maps (title, key, compass rose), cardinal directions; Saving and using resources

Weather

Seasons; Water cycle

History

Time (past, present, future); Primary and secondary sources

American History

Native Americans; Explorers; Settlements: Jamestown and Plymouth; Founding of the United States; Abraham Lincoln; Effects of immigration; United States today

Government

Rules and laws, justice; Community, state, and national leaders; elections; Description and symbols of the United States; Rights and responsibilities of American citizens

Economics

Needs and wants; Goods and services; Trading, barter, money; Jobs, volunteers; Budgeting; Technology and tools

Culture

Biblical worldview; Families and homes; Celebrations; Families in history; Churches and schools; Changes in travel and communication; Contributions of immigrants

Social Studies Skills

Addresses and landmarks; Sorting and sequencing; Bar graphs, diagrams, timelines, and calendars; Literacy skills: compare, main idea and details, fact and opinion, cause and effect

Heritage Studies 2

Focus

Developing a Christian perspective on United States history from Native Americans to the founding of the independent nation.

Geography

Map skills: compass rose, keys, landforms, bodies of water, land-form map, map grid, globe; Climate

American History

Founding of the colonies; Immigration; Revolutionary War

Government

Constitutional Convention; Laws; Leaders; Rights and responsibilities of a citizen; Constitution; First President

Economics

Economics in a community and in the colonies

Culture

Native American cultures; Cultures in the colonies

Heritage Studies 3

Focus

Learning about the founding and growth of a new nation from a Christian perspective.

Geography

Map skills: cardinal and intermediate directions, grids, globe, latitude and longitude, hemispheres, landforms, prime meridian, equator, and population map

Social Studies Skills

Primary and secondary sources, renewable and nonrenewable resources; Charts and graphs: timeline; Fact and opinion, cause and effect, compare and contrast

American History

America's beginning; Trail of Tears; Wars: Revolutionary War, French and Indian War, War with Great Britain, and Civil War; Communication and transportation; Inventions; Western Expansion

Government

Bill of Rights; Article of Confederation; Preamble; Political parties, Electoral College

Economics

Cost and benefit; Imports and exports; Planning a budget

Culture

Songs: patriotic, folk, hymns; Flag etiquette; Food sampling

Heritage Studies 4

Focus

Developing a biblical worldview through the study of American history

Geography

Map skills: hemispheres, equator, latitude/longitude, and prime meridian; Natural resources; climates; Regions

World History

World War I; World War II

American History

Indians; The fifty states (states, history, landmarks); Inventions: communication, transportation; American Industrial Revolution; Spanish-American War; Civil War; Revolutionary War; War of 1812; Territories

Government

Branches of American government; Voting; Citizenship

Economics

Stock market; Supply and demand

Culture

Languages; Adjustment of immigrants in America; Evangelism and missionary work

Social Studies

Cause and effect; Timeline; Primary sources

Heritage Studies 5

Time Period

(ca. 1400) to the present

Map Skills

Cardinal and intermediate, map symbols and key, map scales, map grids, latitude and longitude, time zones

Kinds of Maps

Globe, historical, physical and relief, road map, distribution map, political, map projection, regions/state capitals

American History

Chronological presention; Events and personalities from pre-Columbus to the present; Biblical evaluations of events, actions, and attitudes

Government

Biblical philosophy; Roles of the three branches of government

Economics

Inventions; Stock market; Supply and demand

Culture

Languages; Religions; Customs

Heritage Studies 6

Focus

Developing a Christian worldview of ancient civilizations (Creation to AD 1500)

Geography

Map skills; Climate; natural resources; Topography; Comparison of characteristics of ancient civilizations with the modern regions

World History

Historical events; Conflicts between nations; Archaeological findings

Government

Empires and kingdoms; Rulers; Development of cities

Economics

Trade; Currency; Job specialization

Culture

Religions and philosophies; Ancient customs and traditions; Languages; Arts and music; Food and clothing

American History

Ancient influences on American government and economy; World War II

Social Studies and Skills

Cause and effect; Timeline; Costs and benefits; Primary sources

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