K-5 Social Studies Newsletter

January 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 Development 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.

A Valuable Resource for Educators

The Franklin Soil and Water Conservation District Environmental Education Specialist, Linda Petit is a wonderful contact for valuable resources and information. Check out the newsletter, SWIFT, below. This resource has great information about student contests, social studies and science content and educational opportunities.


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Spruce Run Family Programming - Saturday, January 13


Ohio Wildlife Center: Up Close and Personal

This program begins indoors at 10:00 a.m. in the house conference center with a LIVE ANIMAL presentation from our friends at the Ohio Wildlife Center. Come learn more about Ohio's wildlife.

This same program will be repeated at: 11:00,12:00 and 1:00. Make sure you stop by the classroom for other activities and crafts.

Check out the Spruce Run Environmental Center Newsletter for more information.


If you would like to schedule a Spruce Run field trip for your students,

Geri Granger, ggranger9556@columbus.k12.oh.us

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Ohio History Day - Time To Get Ready!

Ohio History Day contests for grades 6-12 are divided into three tiers: regional, state, and national. The Youth Division is for students in grades 4-5. Students participating in the Youth Division only compete at the state level. The Youth Division competition allows them to submit exhibits or present performances at Ohio Wesleyan University on Saturday, April 21st.

Teams that have participated in previous years had a great experience. At the competition last year, one group of young men from CCS were overheard saying, "This is way better than sitting home playing videos all day!". Music to a teacher's ears!

This year's theme is "Conflict and Compromise". For more information check out the websites below:

Youth Division Information: https://www.ohiohistory.org/learn/education-and-outreach/ohio-history-day/contest-information/youth-division

Theme information; https://www.ohiohistory.org/OHC/media/OHC-Media/Learn/theme-narrative-2018.pdf

Also, contact Chris Weatherholtz for more information about the competition and support available. I would love to meet to talk more about this opportunity for your students.

Inside the Social Studies Website

Although it's hard to believe, the 3rd quarter is quickly approaching beginning on January 22. The best resource for information and materials is the CCS Social Studies Instructional Resource Portal:


Here you will find the topic focus and materials to support those topics. Below is a sample of the resources available on the portal.


Kindergarten - Unit 3. What Is Our Heritage?

1st Grade - Unit 3. How Do We Learn About The Past?

2nd Grade - Unit 3. Living in Communities


3rd Grade - Unit 3. Change in Communities

4th Grade - Unit 3 Topic: Northwest Ordinance and Ohio Statehood:

5th Grade - Unit 3. Human Geography of the Western Hemisphere

Devonshire 3rd Grade Celebration of Countries, Cultures, and Communities

Devonshire hosted a 3rd grade cultural heritage event December 22nd. The students researched and created display boards of their heritage which they presented to classmates, parents and community members. Then the students enjoyed rotating through experiential learning centers. As the pictures show, it was a successful learning and sharing event! (Click on the photos to enlarge.)

Send Us Your Exciting Social Studies Events and News!

Please remember to send your exciting social studies events or learning so that we can showcase your good work as well!