New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standards for Social Studies

The digital age has transformed social studies education, allowing 21st-century learners to transcend the limits of time and place and experience historic events virtually. By expanding their learning networks through online collaboration with experts and other students from around the world, New Jersey social studies students develop an increased depth of understanding of our global society. At the same time, their understanding of the fundamental principles and values of American democracy and citizenship provides the conceptual framework that allows them to make informed decisions about local, national, and international issues and challenges.

Social studies education provides learners with the knowledge, skills, and perspectives needed to become active, informed citizens and contributing members of local, state, national, and global communities in the digital age.


An education in social studies fosters a population that:

• Is civic minded, globally aware, and socially responsible.

• Exemplifies fundamental values of American citizenship through active participation in local and global communities.

• Makes informed decisions about local, state, national, and global events based on inquiry and analysis.

• Considers multiple perspectives, values diversity, and promotes cultural understanding.

• Recognizes the implications of an interconnected global economy.

• Appreciates the global dynamics between people, places, and resources.

• Utilizes emerging technologies to communicate and collaborate on career and personal matters with citizens of other world regions. 

K-6 Social Studies Scope and Sequence



1st Trimester

2nd Trimester

3rd Trimester




Working Together in a Community

Understanding Holidays and Traditions

Where We Live


First Grade


Holidays Around the World




Second Grade


Rules and Laws and Our Community

Black History

 My Land

Wants, Needs, and Resources



Third Grade




and Me



United States Regions


Fourth Grade


Early People and History of the Garden State


Land of 
New Jersey



New Jersey
and Today




Fifth Grade







U.S. Constitution



Sixth Grade



People of the Stone Age

Ancient Mesopotamia

Ancient Egypt

Ancient Greece

 Ancient Rome