WELCOME TO OPEN SOCIAL STUDIES! This is the home for Open Social Studies (formerly called Understanding Our World) which is an inquiry-based and literacy-focused social studies curriculum for Grades K-6 (click on the K-6 button below).

Notice: The curriculum for Kindergarten is currently under development. A preview with select lessons will be released
in winter 2022 with the full curriculum released in summer 2022 and currently. Please check back in the future.

Currently, the Open Social Studies team is developing, in partnership with Primary Source, a Grades 5-7
social studies curriculum funded by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE).
It is scheduled for release in summer 2022. See here for more information.


Open Social Studies is a partnership between faculty at the
University of Massachusetts Boston and Boston University.


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Contact: Christopher Martell University of Massachusetts Boston E-mail: christopher.martell@umb.edu Phone: 1-617-287-3874