social studies

plural noun

Definition of social studies

: a part of a school or college curriculum concerned with the study of social relationships and the functioning of society and usually made up of courses in history, government, economics, civics, sociology, geography, and anthropology

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Erick Knickerbocker, a social studies teacher at the school, said Heritage Day has continued to grow since the first event in 2016. Dennis Hohenberger,, "Students Present Check From Heritage Day," 13 June 2019 High school students at the Alternative Learning Center in Dubuque spent the last two weeks of the school year getting their hands dirty, Tim Hitzler, the social studies teacher who started the program, tells PEOPLE. Char Adams,, "Iowa Students Earn PE Credit by Doing Yard Work for the Elderly and People With Disabilities," 13 June 2019 Garner began her career as a social studies teacher in Tuscaloosa. Mike Cason |,, "Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey picks communication director," 11 June 2019 The money would be used to hire a full-time coordinator, further integrate climate justice units into social studies and science curriculums and establish a separate course in each high school. Mike Seely, New York Times, "As Students Clamor for More on Climate Change, Portland Heeds the Call," 9 June 2019 By 2005, Beierle was living in Maryland and teaching English and social studies at Anne Arundel County's Meade High School. Steve Hendrix, Anchorage Daily News, "He always hated women. Then he decided to kill them.," 7 June 2019 Isabella’s favorite subjects are history, geography and social studies. Hal Boedeker,, "Two Central Florida girls star in new version of ‘Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader’," 6 June 2019 King is a fifth grade social studies teacher at 21st Century Charter School. Gregory Tejeda, Post-Tribune, "Gary Redevelopment takes on two new members," 6 June 2019 Passaro, a social studies faculty member at Calvert Hall College High School, was named Maryland History Day District Teacher of the Year. Courtney Mcgee,, "Students at Immaculate Conception in Towson honored with history awards," 5 June 2019

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First Known Use of social studies

1853, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of social studies

: a course of study that deals with human relationships and the way society works

social studies

noun plural

Kids Definition of social studies

: the studies (as civics, history, and geography) that deal with human relationships and the way society works

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