Chancellor visits PS 150 to see Passport to Social Studies curriculum

Schools Chancellor Carmen Farina stopped by PS 150 in Sunnyside this morning to check out how to the Passport to Social Studies curriculum was working.

PS 150 is one of 866 elementary and middle schools using the curriculum, which was introduced last school year.

“Social Studies has always been my favorite subject, and schools across the five boroughs are bringing it to life with the Passport to Social Studies,” Farina says. “I hope the Passport will inspire the next generation of citizens who are well-versed in current events and historical patterns, and think critically about how to improve New York City and our society.”

The curriculum includes instructional resources for teachers and individual lesson plans. Teachers can use it to develop students’ historical understanding and social studies skills.

It encourages young students to ask questions, think critically, gather evidence and consider many perspectives. It also helps students make connections between history and their own lives.

At PS 150, a 5th grade class created a “living history museum” about European explorers. A 3rd grade class created travel brochures and researched endangered animals as part of their unit on China. Finally, a 2nd grade class learned about the history of NYC transportation.

“Social Studies was the first subject I gravitated to in school and was the foundation for my love of history, government and politics,” says Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer. “I am thrilled to see this engaging curriculum being used in New York City schools, helping to shape the minds and pique the curiosity of another generation of leaders.”

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