Thematic Units/Social Studies
Thematic Units/Social Studies in the Lower School weave together literature, history, culture, and geography that gives the girls perspective about their own lives and place in the world. For example, Cultural Heritage Day is the culminating activity for the fourth grade study of immigration and their own ancestry. First and second grade love learning about the ancient cultures of Greece an Egypt while fifth graders gain insight into politics and Constitution in an examination of civil rights and the suffragist movement. Our Quaker values of justice and equity are often reflected in the way we explore various historical and cultural topics. For example, when researching the history of Providence, third grade students study the lives of such famous founders as Roger Williams and John Brown, as well as the society and culture of the Native Americans who first lived here.