Social Studies

Social Studies is an integrated study of the social sciences.

To aid this study, it is recommended that local education agencies develop a K-12 social studies curriculum that clearly defines student learning of content knowledge and skills. The key components of social studies content knowledge includes history, geography, economics, civics & government.

A strong emphasis should be placed on the important and enduring ideas, events and people that now affect students' lives, and will serve as a foundation for the future. Students should recognize their roles, particularly as related to the living history of the United States.

In addition to a strong content knowledge base, it is imperative that students develop the critical skills necessary to participate fully in our society.

These skills should include the ability to acquire relevant information, organize data, develop balanced policies and arguments, construct new knowledge, and participate effectively as individuals and in groups.

This website is designed to support the efforts of local education agencies in aligning curriculum, instruction, and assessment to the Idaho Content Standards with Limits.

U.S. Senate Youth Program
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Veterans Day
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Important Information
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Idaho History Day
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Constitution Day

Constitution Day is September 17 - In 2004, the United States Congress enacted Public Law 108-447, Section 111(b) requiring that "each educational institution that receives federal funds for a fiscal year shall hold an educational program on the United States Constitution on September 17 of such year for the students served by the educational institution." Idaho's legislators throughout the years have recognized the importance of understanding the United States Constitution as the foundation of our republic and for the important role it still plays today by adopting Idaho Code 33-1602, "instruction in the Constitution of the United States shall be given in all elementary and secondary schools". Additionally, Idaho Code 73-108B identifies that, "September 17 shall be designated as constitutional commemorative day." As a result, all local education agencies receiving federal funds must teach about the U.S. Constitution on September 17th of each year.

Common Core State Standards
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