• History/Social Science


    The CVUSD History/Social Studies program centers on skill attainment and social participation based on California State Standards.  In addition, the program provides  student opportunities to deepen their understanding of our world through print, digital and blended learning opportunities.  During course studies, Common Core reading and writing skills are reinforced.


    Elementary Course Overview

    Curriculum- Scott Foresman Social Studies (K-5)


    Kindergarten—Learning and Working Now and Long Ago

    • Learning to Work Together
    • Working Together: Exploring, Creating, and Communicating
    • Reaching Out to Times Past


    Grade 1—A Child’s Place in Time and Space

    • Developing Social Skills and Responsibilities
    • Expanding Children’s Geographic and Economic Worlds
    • Developing Awareness of Cultural Diversity, Now and Long Ago


    Grade 2—People Who Make a Difference

    • People Who Supply Our Needs
    • Our Parents, Grandparents, and Ancestors from Long Ago
    • People from Many Cultures, Now and Long Ago


    Grade 3—Continuity and Change

    • Our Local History: Discovering Our Past and Our Traditions
    • Our Nation’s History: Meeting People, Ordinary and Extraordinary,

     Through Biography, Story, Folktale, and Legend

    Grade 4—California: A Changing State

    • The Physical Setting: California and Beyond
    • Pre-Columbian Settlements and People California
    • Exploration and Colonial History
    • Missions, Ranchos, and the Mexican War for Independence
    • Gold Rush, Statehood, and the Westward Movement
    • The Period of Rapid Population Growth, Large-Scale Agriculture, and Linkage

      to the Rest of the United States

    • Modern California: Immigration, Technology, and Cities


    Grade 5—United States History and Geography: Making a New Nation

    • The Land and People Before Columbus
    • Age of Exploration
    •  Settling the Colonies:

     The Virginia Settlement

     Life in New England

              The Middle Colonies

    • Settling the Trans-Appalachian West
    • The War for Independence
    • Life in the Young Republic
    • The New Nation’s Westward Expansion
    • Linking Past to Present: The American People, Then and Now
  • Middle School Course Descriptions


    Middle School Curriculum:  TCI History Alive!


    Grade 6—World History and Geography: Ancient Civilizations

    • Early Humankind and the Development of Human Societies
    • The Beginnings of Civilization in the Near East and Africa: Mesopotamia,

      Egypt, and Kush

    • The Foundation of Western Ideas: The Ancient Hebrews and Greeks
    • West Meets East: The Early Civilizations of India and China
    • East Meets West: Rome

    Grade 7—World History and Geography: Medieval and Early Modern Times

    • Connecting with Past Learnings: Uncovering the Remote Past
    • Connecting with Past Learnings: The Fall of Rome
    • Growth of Islam
    • African States in the Middle Ages and Early Modern Times
    • Civilizations of the Americas
    • China
    • Japan
    • Medieval Societies: Europe and Japan
    •  Europe During the Renaissance, the Reformation, and the Scientific Revolution • Early Modern Europe: The Age of Exploration to the Enlightenment
    • Linking Past to Present

    Grade 8—United States History and Geography Growth and Conflict

    • Connecting with Past Learnings: Our Colonial Heritage
    • Connecting with Past Learnings: A New Nation
    • The Constitution of the United States
    • Launching the Ship of State
    • The Divergent Paths of the American People:

     1800–1850 – The West – The Northeast – The South

    • Toward a More Perfect Union: 1850–1879
    • The Rise of Industrial America: 1877–1914
    • Linking Past to Present

    Middle School Course Descriptions


    Curriculum: TCI History Alive


    Grade 6:  The Ancient World

    Students are introduced to the beginnings of the human story. As they explore the great early civilizations of Egypt and the Near East, India, China, Greece, and Rome, students discover the secrets of these ancient cultures that continue to influence the modern world.


    Grade 7: The Medieval World and Beyond

    Students explore the legacy of civilizations from Europe, Africa, and the Middle East to Asia and the Americas.


    Grade 8: The United States Through Industrialism

    Students are immersed in a powerful journey through the history of the United States from its earliest foundations to the age of industrialism.

    Click on link below for individual grade level standards