K-5 Social Studies Newsletter

February 2018

Office of Teaching and Learning 614-365-5727

Sandee Donald, Executive Director

Leslie Kelly, Director of Elementary Curriculum and Instruction

Christine Weatherholtz, K-5 Social Studies Curriculum Coordinator, cweatherholtz3151@columbus.k12.oh.us

Matthew Doran, 6-12 Social Studies Curriculum Coordinator, mdoran2067@columbus.k12.oh.us

CCS Professional Learning Opportunities

February 6, 2018

4:30 - 6:30

Integrating Vocabulary Through Nonfiction Text


Ecole Kenwood French Immersion

3770 Shattuck Ave, Columbus, OH 43220

CIMS #: 1000030352

This PD will provide information about effective strategies for integrating social studies and science vocabulary using nonfiction text. Participants will receive a copy of, Vocabulary Games for the Classroom, by Carleton and Marzano, and a small group text set of their choice. This will be an interactive time of planning and preparing for implementation, as well as, learning about the research that supports the strategies. It is a great time for teaching partners to come together to learn, plan and create.

March 27th , 2018

4:30 - 6:30

Bringing Vocabulary to Life


Spruce Run Environmental Study Center

4175 Sunbury Rd.

Galena, Ohio 43021

CIMS #: 1000030833

This K-5 interactive workshop will provide participants with social studies vocabulary experiential learning strategies and activities that are research based and lead to higher student engagement in the classroom. Dinner will be served.

Another Opportunity for Professional Development

Check out this exciting summer learning opportunity. This is especially supportive for those teachers and schools who have implemented the garden initiative in their buildings this year and want to expand and sustain the outdoor learning lab that they have started. This 3 day summer PD can "change your life and the lives of the youth in your care through gardening. This... series will increase your knowledge base, introduce you to resource personnel, off networking opportunities, and increase your confidence as a garden educator. Research shows that gardening with your has significant impacts including better test scores, increased love of learning, greater nutrition awareness and more."

This is a quote from the brochure which was sent to your email. For more information see the following:

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Learning History at Spruce Run

Maize Elementary Third Graders Study The Anti-Slavery Movement in America:

Maize 3rd graders had a great day of learning with interactive activities that included creating tableaus using artifacts from the Ohio History Center, going on a guided hike after reading, "Under the Quilt of Night" then following the guide through the woods to discuss what the slaves had to do to gain their freedom, the students presented readers theater skits about the Underground Railroad leaders and then finished up with lunch and toasting marshmallows on the open fire. These are experiences that bring history to life and make vocabulary real. This pilot experience will be added to the programming that will be offered to schools through Spruce Run Nature Center next school year.

Spruce Run February Open House

Winter Gardens: Who knew?

February 10

Franklin Park Conservatory, Franklin Soil and Water, and Slow Foods Columbus will be giving this month's presentation which will begin in the classroom at 10:00 a.m. The session will then be repeated at: 11:00, 12:00, and 1:00. Make sure you stop by the house conference center for crafts and activities. Stop by the barn for an opportunity to sit in the "soil tent"


  • Greens and root vegetables thrive with little water.
  • The amount of time needed to tend / maintain the garden is low.
  • Pests and disease are virtually non existent.
  • You could be enjoying fresh greens all winter long!

Community Garden Update

Twenty-five of our schools signed up to participate in a gardening program last spring. This initiative was organized by three community partners and Columbus City Schools social studies and science departments. Through the efforts of our partners, Slow Foods Columbus, Franklin Park Conservatory, and Franklin County Soil and Water Conservation, all of the materials and training to create an outdoor learning lab that would incorporate lessons for social studies, science and ELA embedded with interactive learning opportunities for over 8,000 of our CCS children, is now coming to fruition. It is the hard work of our teachers and principals that will make this opportunity a reality for their children. Here are a few pictures from some of our participating schools.

Black History Month

This month our nation observes Black History Month or National African American History Month to remember and learn about the many contributions of African Americans throughout our history. More information about the beginnings and expansion of Black History Month can be found in this brief but informative article: https://www.ccaurora.edu/blogs/fox-call/history/why-its-important-to-observe-black-history-month/

Free Resource:

Infohio Scholastic BookFlix is a digital literacy resource that provides a paired reading of a fiction and nonfiction title for many topics and categories. These readings are easy to display on your smartboard and are a wonderful springboard for reviewing vocabulary and content information. Each of the selections includes lesson plans and focus vocabulary. Below are some of the options that support Black History Month.

Infohio BookFlix: http://sdm-bkflix.digital.scholastic.com/p/node-33980/bk0074pr?authCtx=U.600011295

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