Social Studies

    Social Studies is the "integrated study of the social sciences and humanities to promote civic competence," as defined by the National Council for the Social Studies.


    Social Studies Brochure

    Common Core Standards for History/Social Studies


    Common Core Standards for History/Social Studies


    6th Grade Curriculum


    6th Grade Next Generation Curriculum


    7th Grade Curriculum


    7th Grade Next Generation Standards


    8th Grade Curriculum


    8th Grade Next Generation Curriculum


    Finance Park Unit for 8th Graders


    Finance Park Student Workbook


    As stated on the Stavros Institute's website, "Finance Park allows for a reality based, hands-on simulation for students that enables them to build foundations for making intelligent lifelong personal finance decisions. It also enables them to develop a realistic understanding of the economic issues they must deal with upon graduation from high school and in the development of a budget.


    At the culmination of a six week, integrated unit in school classrooms, students visit Finance Park to study the different financial decisions to be made, consider the options available to them and actually construct a personal budget. To facilitate the simulation, Finance Park focuses on decisions about transportation, investment, home improvement, banking, housing, entertainment, health care, utilities, food, home furnishings, clothing and education.


     The Finance Park program assists students by allowing them to:




      Develop basic personal finance concepts






      Utilize quality concepts to plan personal finances






      Understand the advantages of saving and investing






      Understand the advantages and disadvantages to using credit






      Allocate time wisely and follow a time schedule






      Work within a group structure to acquire, evaluate, organize and maintain information"




    National History Day


    "National History Day makes history come alive for America's youth by engaging them in the discovery of the historic, cultural, and social experiences of the past.  Through hands-on experiences and presentations, today's youth are better able to inform the present and shape the future.  NHD inspires children through exciting competitions and transforms teaching through project-based curriculum and instruction."--quoted from the National History Day website. 


    National History Day


    Model U.N.

    Model UN

    An educational simulation in which students can learn about diplomacy, international relations, and the United Nations.

    National Geography Bee
    Geography Bee
    Please see Ms. Buidens for more information about the National Geographic Bee.
    Mr. Hamilton on NBC Nightly News
    Mr. Hamilton on NBC Nightly News

    Hands On Projects

    Project         Great Pyramid of Giza

    6th Grade Museum of Fine Arts Field Trip

    Museum of Fine Arts      Museum of Fine Arts  

    Simulated Schoolyard Archaeological Dig

    "Archaeological excavation is conducted in a scientific manner and the process of digging and thinking about a site teaches skills of critical thinking and analysis that carry over to many different topics and disciplines. The following definitions, rules, and suggestions will help teachers explain archaeology and the goals of excavation to their students and allow them to conduct a simulated dig in a professional manner."-- Shelby Brown from her article "Basics of Archaeology for Simulated Dig Users."

    Click on the link below for the news story.

    Pinellas Park Middle Students Learn to "Dig" Archaeology

    arch dig website

    Social Studies Class Websites


    Social Studies Links


    National History Day



    Museum of Fine Arts-St. Petersburg