In third and fourth grade social studies, we explore Quaker values and how students can try to implement these values in their lives. These include Integrity, Community, Simplicity, Stewardship, Justice, Equality and Peace as well as the idea that “There is that of God in everyone.”
Social Studies Topics
During third and fourth grade social studies class we learn about many topics including:
- Peacemaking and some of the consequences of warfare
- The underground-railroad
- Helping underprivileged people
- What it feels like to be treated differently because of the color of your skin
- How we work together within our various communities to support each other
- How we try to see the God or goodness in each other
- How we demonstrate these values in our classroom and around our school
Discussing Quaker Values
The students have been quite serious during these discussions and are learning to listen to and respect a wide variety of opinions.
“I think there is a God but sometimes it’s hard to see the goodness in really bad people. I can try though.” – fourth grade student
“Integrity means standing up for what you believe in but it’s hard sometimes.” third grade student
“Honesty and integrity means that everybody is telling the truth in a [conflict resolution] conference. It would make me very sad and very mad if someone lied and the conference wouldn’t work.” third grade student
Taking a Tour of Our School
We went on a tour of the building and found numerous ways that we live our values.
We visited FSM staff on our tour, chatting with our development director Sarah and admissions director Susan about their positions at the school. We thought about all the different people in our school community.
Reflecting on Quaker Values
We also spent two class periods writing honest and positive notes to each person in the class to emphasize the goodness in every classmate.
Providing students with this opportunity to explore the foundations of Quaker teachings and testimonies helps them better understand why we are a Friends school and what that means in terms of their education.