The So S.M.A.R.T. organization manual responds to the needs of teachers who have been challenged to complete a social studies textbook, particularly when teaching multiple grades.
The North American Division Social Studies Curriculum Guide topics for grades 1-4 have been correlated with those of grades 5-8, allowing a teacher with combined grades to teach the same topic across levels.
Each quarter the map includes lessons in history, geography, and map skills. The map skills and geography sections may be integrated, taught separately, or pulled and taught as a unit.
Although the development of the So SMART program was primarily for multi-grade classrooms, schools with single grades may find this approach appealing in planning school-wide social studies themes.