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Social Studies

This page provides descriptions of the social studies curriculum as well as links to district resources, teacher/parent resources and learning websites that provide quality activities for students. The information is presented below by grade levels.

Pre-Kindergarten - 5th Grade / 6th -12th Grade /

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Pre-kindergarten - fifth grade

In Union Public Schools, the elementary social studies curriculum teaches students about the world around them in ways that make them excited to learn. The social studies curriculum includes hands-on activities and multi-faceted learning experiences that lead to step-by-step discovery. Students don't just learn social studies - they experience it.

Highlights of Standards for Each Grade Level

Resources for Parents and Teachers

Learning Websites for Students

6th-12th Grades


“The aim of social studies is the promotion of civic competence — the knowledge, intellectual processes, and democratic dispositions required of students to be active and engaged citizens in public life.”  Oklahoma C3 Standards Introduction

Union students follow the social studies course progression below.

  • 6th Grade—Geography, Western Hemisphere
  • 7th Grade—Geography, Eastern Hemisphere
  • 8th Grade—United States History 1754 to 1877
  • 9th Grade—Oklahoma History and Government, 1 semester each
  • 10th Grade—United States History 1877 to the present
  • 11th  & 12th Grades—World History (also offered as a virtual class)
  • 10th—12th Social Studies Electives:  Psychology (AP and on-level), Multi-Cultural History, Criminology, Holocaust Studies, AP Comparative Government, AP European History, AP Human Geography, Global Studies (virtual only)

Social Studies Standards

Resources for Parents and Teachers

Learning Websites for Students

Coronavirus Updates

Free Drive-Thru Meals for Children

Union Schools is offering FREE drive-thru meal pick-ups at three locations. Details

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Last Day of School is May 22

Friday, May 22 will be the last day of school for the 2019-20 year. Additional time will be added to the school day for students in grades 6-8 beginning Monday, March 23, and continue through the end of the school year.

“Due to two days of school that were cancelled due to inclement weather, the district calendar had to be adjusted to meet the minimum state requirement of 1,080 hours of instruction,” Superintendent Dr. Kirt Hartzler said. “We wanted to adjust the calendar so students don’t have to come back after Memorial Day.

Modifications to the school schedule will be made as follows:

  1. Add one day at the end of the year, with Friday, May 22, being the last day of school;
  2. Elementary schools:  No change to the schedule. They have enough school hours to meet the required 1,080 hours.
  3. 6th & 7th Grade Center:  4 minutes added to the end of the school day effective Monday, March 23 (the day after spring break). 
  4. 8th Grade Center:  2 minutes added to the end of each day after March 23.
  5. Union High School Freshman Academy:  No change to current times.
  6. Union High School:  Friday, April 10 will be a “virtual day,” with students working on assignments from home.  

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Tulsa, Oklahoma 74133
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