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Pinellas Park Middle

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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