Social Studies Curriculum
Time4Learning offers an online, interactive social studies curriculum that can be used for homeschool, afterschool and summer skill building.
Social studies is available from second through eighth grade. Depending on your state’s homeschooling laws, the Time4Learning social studies curriculum for second through eighth may not correlate to your state’s standards. However, at the high school level, social studies is organized into five standards-based courses. High school students can choose to take the social studies courses in any order.
This page provides detailed information about:
- Social Studies Curriculum Overview
- Elementary Social Studies Curriculum
- Middle School Social Studies
- High School Social Studies Courses
- Time4Learning program structure
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Social Studies Curriculum Overview
Time4Learning offers an interactive online social studies curriculum as part of its online education program. The materials are presented using a combination of multimedia lessons, instructional videos, printable worksheets, quizzes, tests and both online and offline projects. An automated, student-paced system teaches the lessons, reinforces concepts, tracks progress, and keeps printable reports that can be turned into student transcripts or included with homeschool portfolios.
Time4Learning can be used with a broad array of student types, learning styles, and homeschooling methods. The majority of the families using Time4Learning are homeschoolers. Some use it as their primary curriculum, while others use it to supplement or as part of an eclectic approach.
Time4Learning’s Elementary Social Studies Curriculum
Elementary social studies is available from second to fifth grade and is organized by grade level. Although the materials are extensive, it does not correlate to all state standards and many lessons are not animated.
- First grade social studies – Social studies begins at the second grade with Time4Learning, so students in first grade can elect to have the first grade social studies included as part of their program at no extra cost.
- Second grade social studies – Students learn about basic human needs, how to use a map, our nation’s identity, and work in society. View the second grade social studies lesson plans for more specific details.
- Third grade social studies – Students are introduced to ancient civilizations, the exploration and colonization of the Americas, regions within the united States, economics and chronology. View the third grade social studies lesson plans for more specific lesson details.
- Fourth grade social studies – Students continue their study of ancient civilizations, and are introduced to United States history, geography, civics, economics, current events and prehistoric art. View the fourth grade social studies lesson plans for more specific lesson details.
- Fifth grade social studies – Students get a more in-depth look at ancient civilizations as they study the Olmec, Phoenicians, Zhou Dynasty and more. They also take a closer look at the United States, as they learn about politics, the history of westward expansion, our economy, the events leading to (and following) the Civil War, political science, geography, and notable American achievements. View the fifth grade social studies lesson plans for more specific lesson details.
In second grade social studies, Molly and Carlos take a tour of our national treasures in the lesson Monumental Madness.
In this lesson, students are taught about the historical symbols and buildings from America's past.
Middle School Social Studies Curriculum
Middle school social studies is only available in sixth and seventh grade, although students in eighth grade can register for 7th grade social studies at no cost.
- Sixth grade social studies – Students study ancient civilizations on a more global scale, as they’re introduced to cultures in India, China, Rome, Islam and Africa. They also learn about the Industrial Revolution, American immigration, state characteristics, and our political and economic systems. View the sixth grade social studies lesson plans for more specific lesson details.
- Seventh grade social studies – Students learn about the creation and organization of the US Government, reform movements, and the United States as a world power. They take a look at various eras of both early and modern history including the Age of Exploration, American Revolution, Roaring Twenties and Great Depression. They study events that occurred before, during, and after the Civil War, World Wars I and II, and the Cold War. View the seventh grade social studies lesson plans for more specific lesson details.
- Eighth grade social studies – Eighth grade students are provided one of our high school courses, US History I, at no additional charge.
In seventh grade social studies, students learn about the early years of the United States government.
In this lesson, students learn about how the government is structured and how power is distributed.
High School Social Studies Curriculum
High school social studies includes disciplines such as history, economics, geography, law, sociology, and anthropology, taught using a combination of authentic tasks, primary sources, and artifact lessons that teach high school students to learn as the scholars do, using modern and historical resources. The curriculum is organized into five courses that correlate to state standards:
- US History I (pre-1850) – Students will explore topics such as the exploration and colonization of America, how America got its independence, how the Constitution was formed, and the reforms that took place along the way. They will also learn about the people, technology, and cultures of each period.
- World History – This course covers the beginning of civilization up to the present age. Chapters are broken down into time periods so that students can compare and contrast the influences and interactions between the different countries during different eras. Students will explore all aspects of a country’s culture, including religion, economics, and politics.
- US Government / Civics – This course covers both US Government and Civics. Students can expect to gain a greater understanding of our government, its balance of power on federal, state, and local levels and how the election process works. Students will be asked to compare other systems of government and foreign policies to our own.
- US History II (post-1850) – US History II picks up where US History I left off. Students begin the course studying the year 1850 and work their way to the end of the course, which discusses life today. Topics include The Civil War, industrialization, World War II, American politics, and the 21st century.
- Geography – World Geography teaches students about the physical and human aspects of geography, while also taking a closer look at eight different regions that exist across the globe. Students learn to use tools to make and read maps, while learning the principles of geographic thinking.
In the World History course, students learn about the beginning of civilization.
In this lesson, students learn about the religion, culture and contributions of the early Chinese civilizations.
The Time4Learning Program Structure
Time4Learning has been refined through years of feedback from educators, parents, and students. Subjects are organized into chapters composed of interactive lessons, printable worksheets, quizzes and tests. Students are guided through the activities at their own pace by an automated system.
When students log in, they choose a subject, select a chapter, pick a lesson and complete the activities. A bright green arrow tells them where they left off, and completed work is clearly labeled with a check-mark or a gold star. Visual and auditory prompts guide students through the lessons, making it easy for even young learners to follow, and an online playground (controlled by parents) rewards and motivates them to finish their lessons.
Parents get access to printable lesson plans, teaching tools, detailed reporting and parental support through our online Parent Forum.
Does your child have different achievement levels for math and language arts? No problem! Time4Learning lets you set each individual subject at the appropriate graded level, making this program great for special needs and gifted students.