In Lower School, social studies themes often serve as the basis for thematic instruction. Literature selections, art experiences, field trips, classroom visitors, stories and traditions from their home lives, and lively activities are blended into cultural explorations to enrich children’s growing knowledge about themselves and the world. As students learn to read for information, they become more adept at extracting important ideas from resources. Their environmental studies in science provide context for understanding the impact of climate and natural resources on civilizations. Math units about graphs, charts, and statistics become opportunities to investigate populations, distances, and historical time.