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 now released (Updated 8/15/22).

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 2023. 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